Ron Haskins on entitlement cuts

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.

 

 

Comments

  • S. Coomer

    Mr. Haskins opinion concerning families who qualify for food stamp assistance is really off track.  When the national unemployment rate is between 8 and 9 percent, you can hardly argue that reducing food stamp benefits will motivate people to find work.  If jobs that paid a living wage were available we would see a real reduction in food stamp assistance and other benefits now available to families in need.

  • Orae

    Contraceptive use is the leading indicator of poverty.

  • Ishmael

    I think people miss the point when they focus on poverty like it will ever “go away” in our economic system as it exists right now, because it won’t.  Sorry, but that’s what happens in capitalism. It’s a model that says “anyone can make it”, NOT “everyone can make it.”

  • Anonymous

    Well Maria, thanks for being the quintessential milksop, a fine representative of women everywhere. I can’t believe you let that old fool get away with his out and out lies and the total denigration of women.  Haskins nauseated me with his 1950′s bigotry but you just p___ed me off. I think you totally rolled over because you didn’t have the statistics to rebut his many lies or you’re a slave to a particular entity who funds PBS. At any rate, your program is just another puppet voice for the extreme right in this country.

  • Anonymous

    Well he’s pretty clueless. And I’m being generous.

    I would love to have heard his opinion of the Family Independence Initiative.

  • Smmhdt

    I am appalled by this whole approach. 30(+) years of class increasing entitlements to the already wealthy and increasing austerity ot the stuggling. What we see is an ever more entrenched attitude of entitlement on the part of the wealthy and hopelessness on the part of an ever increasing portion of the 99%. Only those wealthy enough to buy their own do not need a strong government to assist & advocate for them. When basic quality of life and the underpinnings of a possibility to achieve great dreams are no longer inherent but are dependent upon the righteous piety of a few we have lost our way. 

  • Smmhdt

    I am appalled by this whole approach. 30(+) years of class increasing entitlements to the already wealthy and increasing austerity ot the stuggling. What we see is an ever more entrenched attitude of entitlement on the part of the wealthy and hopelessness on the part of an ever increasing portion of the 99%. Only those wealthy enough to buy their own do not need a strong government to assist & advocate for them. When basic quality of life and the underpinnings of a possibility to achieve great dreams are no longer inherent but are dependent upon the righteous piety of a few we have lost our way. 

  • Smmhdt

    These pious old white bigoted, sexist,, elitest men make me embarresed of the very skin I wear. When I hear this man I feel like I need to apologize again and again to most of the world and most of our country. Change has got to come and we have to bring it, These monsterous beings cannot be allowed to continue to carry the dialogue.

  • http://twitter.com/nvsand nvsand

    Wow!  “The more benefits, the less they will work”.  How arrogant!

  • jan

    When I listened to him I thought back to the period of time when we had to use food stamps because my husband lost his job and I was the only one working and supporting the family on a near minimum wage job for a while.  And when he talked about single mothers, I thought about my sister who became a single mother when my brother was killed in an accident.  And then I looked at him sitting there in a very nice, probably very expensive suit as he stated he was a single parent for 5 years and I wondered how much more he was earning while he was a single parent than what a normal single parent earns.

    His stance is pretty shameful when as many as 1/4 of the children in this country go to bed food insecure and unemployment for their parents has been so high on a long term basis due to job outsourcing to foreign countries.   

  • jan

     I was thinking cold and cruel.

  • jan

    Correction; sister-in-law not sister.

  • Mr66

    I know a young girl in the inner city who is raising her siblings after her mother passed away. She is 18 and unable to work full time due to having a baby that would need day care. She uses food stamps and is an excellent care giver. She is a hero to me. I do not know what her future holds, but she deserves everything that she gets, even if some feel that it is charity. Mr. Haskins is right when he says that the majority of these cases are single mothers. Now, what does that say of the men in this country? Here’s to all the single moms raising children without men and here’s to children who see the most amazing example of fortitude in the face of poverty. 

  • Dave

    I don’t believe some of the comments that Ron Haskins said on “need to know” based on one of the  comments that Maria said to him and what’s really going on with the welfare and food stamp program threwout some parts of USA.I think that Mr.Haskins should have left it along based on some of what I have seen in these government programs so far today.Besides,God would want you to give back sometimes to help out the poor or the people who are less fortunate than you.Ron Haskins and many other people like him may go to hell for what he has done if he is not good with God when he die.