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Government is broken, but there is another way to heal what ails us
Can government solve the problem of poverty in America? It is a question worth asking because partisan politics is eroding the federal government's lead role in developing the social welfare policies that have defined much of the country's domestic agenda since the 20th century. Witness the collapse of the Farm Bill in the U.S. House of Representatives last month due to partisan acrimony over its largest spending component, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps. As a nation, we must evolve from a government-centric safety net just as we moved away from poor houses, orphanages and insane asylums a century ago.
By Vann R. Ellison
July 9, 2013