On this week’s episode, anchor Maria Hinojosa speaks with Ron Haskins about the country’s lack of progress on national poverty issues since the U.S. declared a “war on poverty” 47 years ago.
Haskins, who is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a former advisor to President George W. Bush, said he believes continued government spending cuts are necessary, but that they should be done with a careful eye. “We need to cut intelligently,” he said. “We need to cut the programs that are the least effective, that we know don’t work very well.”
Haskins believes families who qualify for food stamp assistance should see their benefits reduced as a way to reduce government spending and motivate individuals who currently require assistance. “The more benefits they get from the federal government and the state government, the less they’re going to work,” he said.