Welfare programs should be designed to be temporary and targeted to benefit those most in need, but helping individuals move from dependency to self-sufficiency should be the primary focus of safety-net programs. As taxpayer funded services, such government programs must have accountability and oversight to ensure efficiency and integrity, with performance metrics that discourage fraud and determine that programs are, in fact, reducing poverty and encouraging self-sufficiency.
Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College in April 2005. The conference was titled “The Road From
Poverty to Freedom: A Look Backward and Forward at the War on Poverty,” and it was natural to include
Larry, a 1975 graduate of the college who majored in economics and studied under the renowned Austrian
economist Hans Sennholz.
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