From NCR : “Catholic Charities writes, pushes legislation to end poverty”
One might think when a major charitable organization proposes legislation supporting the liberal ideal of ending poverty it would be big news.
But, au contraire. When that same organization (Catholic Charities USA) just happens to have a religious, pro-family background and has the temerity to ask for legislation that would fundamentally change the bureaucratic approach to poverty… it’s the media equivalent of walking into a fire, wearing nothing but a Speedo.
In a September 27th article published in the National Catholic Reporter, NCR’s Washington correspondent Jerry Filteau explains some of the basic ideas behind the proposed legislation.
“Introduced as a modest national pilot program, it proposes to establish new model experiments in 10 communities around the country in which traditional government anti-poverty programs are replaced by a more flexible and comprehensive approach.”
OK, that doesn’t seem too unreasonable… considering that no matter who controls Congress, the existing anti-poverty programs are unlikely to go away.
On the other hand, that “more flexible and comprehensive approach thing” is a bit worrisome.
Mr. Filteau does not end his article at that point but goes on to report as many details as possible contingent upon the proposed legislation being introduced in Congress… a move on the part of the CCUSA slightly reminiscent of the “We have to pass the legislation so you can see what’s in it” thing, although not such a blatant attempt to keep the details secret.
The NCR article does glean some of the reasons for the legislative proposal.
“If the pilot programs succeed as expected, they could become the first step toward realigning all U.S. antipoverty programs under a new model that focuses more on holistic poverty-exit plans than on program-specific relief of current poverty conditions without a clear overall plan for people to free themselves from the downward spiral of poverty
“In the proposed approach, the goal is to get the individual or family back on its own two feet, rather than simply filling the gaps of needs – food, shelter, etc. – that drew the individual or family into current welfare or other dependency programs in the first place.”
No matter our individual thoughts on CCUSA, kudos’ to NCR and Mr. Filteau for giving us a heads-up on the reasons (if not the specifics) of possible legislation to end the status quo governmental approach to combating poverty.
Now it only remains to be seen whether the Congress will take this seriously… We may reason based on recent modus operandi that the major liberal media will probably denounce this attack on one of their sacred cows.
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