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Your Views: Paul Ryan deserves thanks for trying to help poor

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August 9, 2014

I commend Congressman Ryan for looking at ways to help families get ahead with a pilot program called the Opportunity Grant. It would let states try different ways of providing aid while testing the results.

Contrary to liberals’ dishonest attacks that this would cut aid to the poor, states would get the same amount of money as under current law, not a penny less. Opportunity Grants would require that all of the money is spent on people in need.

The failed war on poverty spends almost $1 trillion on 92 federal programs each year, while not getting people out of poverty. When Ryan starts a discussion to look for ideas that might actually help people get out of poverty, he is attacked by liberals who have a vested interest in the failed programs of the past.

Ryan is calling for a strong safety net for those who need a helping hand. Ryan wants to ensure it pays to work. He calls for doubling the Earned Income Tax Credit for childless workers and lowering the eligibility age from 25 to 21. This encourages people to work by increasing the rewards of work.

In some cases, you lose benefits if you go to work, so some people choose not to work. Able-bodied people should go to work. Ryan is calling for a system that helps them do that so they can realize their potential, while also helping the truly needy.

Thank you, Congressman Ryan.

LARRY HOLTERMAN

Milton



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