ON-Lion Letter
"Over the past half-century more than $15 trillion has been poured into a steadily growing number of anti-poverty programs," begins an article by Bradley Prize recipient Robert L. Woodson, Sr., in The American Interest's September/
October 2012
issue.  "Yet even considering the ever-shifting goalposts of official measures of poverty, the ranks of the poor have continued to increase.

"The reality is that we will never be able to reduce poverty by channeling ever more money into the same failed bureaucratic programs that have yet to make a dent in the problem, and that in some ways have made the problem worse," he continues in "Transcending the Poverty Industry."

Woodson is founder and president of the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise in Washington, D.C., which is substantially supported by Milwaukee's Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.

He believes it's time to try something new to reduce poverty.

"Today, among the most devastated economic and social conditions, the fresh shoots of spiritual renewal are alive in the work of thousands of grassroots leaders," Woodson concludes.  "If these fresh shoots can be nourished by those with wealth and influence in our society, their fruits can revitalize a sense of purpose and meaning throughout the nation, bringing life and hope to places where there is now only cynicism, confusion and despair."
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