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Why America Lost the War on Poverty—and How to Win it$
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Frank Stricker

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780807831113

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807882290_stricker

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Bush and Beyond

Bush and Beyond

On Solving and not Solving Poverty

(p.231) Chapter Eleven Bush and Beyond
Why America Lost the War on Poverty—and How to Win it

Frank Stricker

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines the government policy on poverty and unemployment during the administration of George W. Bush. It shows that private markets and a policy that favored the affluent were ineffective in alleviating poverty. The chapter begins by discussing the Bush administration's response to the economic recession that began in March 2001, especially in dealing with unemployment. After assessing the impact of Bush's policies on poverty, it proposes reforms that would address poverty in the United States by drawing on the experience of Western European nations. These reforms range from stimulating job creation and increasing the federal minimum wage to providing more support to the unemployed, strengthening Social Security, and expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit.

Keywords:   poverty, unemployment, George W. Bush, economic recession, job creation, minimum wage, Social Security, Earned Income, Tax Credit

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