Great ideas! I wish his ideas could be put into practice to help those in poverty to gain independence. His idea of work first needs a lot of political backing in order to change from the dole. He has the statistics to show that his idea actually works rather than the failed public policies where enormous amounts of money has been wasted with few results. In some cases the results were worse after the programs meant to raise the poor out of poverty.
Admittedly many of those in poverty live from day to day in crisis situations, which he refers to as "static". Staff were hired to help workers to be able to overcome the "static" in their lives. I would like him to cover more of the ideas that helped workers to overcome the "static" in their lives.
It was unsettling to read how community organizers harrassed and intimidated those handing out the grants. It also was awful to read how many of these grants to help the poor actually were used to buy votes to keep politicians in office. Also, there was no quality control nor did anyone assess if the programs were successful. The programs were NOT successful but gave money and jobs to communities who did not have suitable programs in place. He gives the statistics that show that Head Start spent lots of money but FAILED repeatedly. How sad.
He suggests grants to subsidize wages of new hires for 90 days. He tells which kinds of credits help and which do not help. In his own for profit company, he has built in incentive to produce. Failure to keep employees in their new jobs for at least 90 days means that the staff does not receive full pay.
It was a very good read. I would love to see this put in action although it would take a tremendous effort to overcome the status quo.
In the 1960s, America set out to end poverty. Policy-makers put forth an unprecedented package of legislation, funding poverty programs and empowering the poor through ineffectual employment-related education and training. However, these handouts produced little change, and efforts to provide education and job-training proved inconsequential, boasting only a 2.8 percent decrease in the poverty rate since 1965. Decades after the War on Poverty began, many of its programs failed. Only one thing really worked to help end poverty-and that was work itself, the centerpiece of welfare reform in 1996. Poor No More is a plan to restructure poverty programs, prioritizing jobs above all else. Traditionally, job placement programs stemmed from non-profit organizations or government agencies. However, America Works, the first for-profit job placement venture founded by Peter Cove, has the highest employee retention rate in the greater New York City area, even above these traditional agencies. When the federal government embraced the work-first ideal, inspired by the success of America Works, welfare rolls plummeted from 12.6 million to 4.7 million nationally within one decade. Poor No More is a paradigm-shifting work that guides the reader through the evolution of America's War on Poverty and urges policy-makers to eliminate training and education programs that waste time and money and to adopt a work-first model, while providing job-seekers with the tools and life lessons essential to finding and maintaining employment.