Ending Poverty

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Poverty is a relentless problem in America, and the current panoply of government programs designed to alleviate it are not working. Ending Poverty presents a new approach to government policy, one that is capable of eliminating preventable poverty within the foreseeable future. This book proposes an aggressive, conservative, governmental reform plan that is institutionalized through an income contract between the individual and the government and will guarantee adequate income for all who participate. Based on three main principles—government policy is more effective when it channels market forces than when it overrides them, individuals should have more control over the resources that government spends on their behalf, and access to a decent life free of poverty should be seen as a conditional right in American society—the book sets out reform guidelines for education, health care, housing, retirement savings, and taxation.

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Editorial Reviews

Robert Atkinson
Joe Kennedy approaches poverty policy with the heart of a liberal and the mind of a conservative, and in so doing, charts a bold and innovative course to dramatically reducing poverty and related social problems in America. This book is a breath of fresh air in a stale and deadlocked debate.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742558724
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph V. Kennedy is an attorney and economist. He has held several positions in the public and private sectors including Chief Economist of the U. S. Department of Commerce, General Counsel for the U. S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Senior Economist with the Joint Economic Committee in Congress and over ten years as an economist and attorney with the Manufacturer’s Alliance.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Chapter 1: How the Modern World Diminishes Government Power Chapter 3 Chapter 2: Why Society Should Guarentee a Minimum Income Chapter 4 Chapter 3: Attacking the Source of Poverty Chapter 5 Chapter 4: The Need for a Renewed Private Sector Chapter 6 Chapter 5: Improving Education Chapter 7 Chapter 6: Making Affordable Housing Affordable Chapter 8 Chapter 7: Affordable Health Care Chapter 9 Chapter 8: Helping People Achieve Financial Independence Chapter 10 Chapter 9: Implementing a Fairer, More Efficient Tax System Chapter 11 Chapter 10: Reforming Gvoernment Spending Programs Chapter 12 Conclusion Chapter 13 Endnotes Chapter 14 Index Chapter 15 About the Author

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