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American policy fails at reducing child poverty because it aims to fix the poor [Washington Post]

Wednesday, April 06, 2016  
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Instead of focusing on lack of money, U.S. anti-poverty policy often focuses on correcting the behavior of poor people – especially their marital behavior. Policies focus on encouraging marriage and reducing single parenthood. And credits given under tax policy only help people with jobs, leaving those who can’t work without assistance. These policies are not only ineffective, they unfairly punish children for their parents’ decisions. On the other hand, a new report from the Century Foundation suggests that using a universal child allowance, we could cut child poverty in half.


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