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Podcast: Rethinking Welfare, Job Creation, And The War On Poverty

Author Peter Cove joins the Federalist Radio Hour to explain how a job-first model is necessary to reform America’s poverty programs.


Peter Cove is the founder of America Works and author of the new book, “Poor No More: Rethinking Dependency and The War on Poverty.” Cove explains how our the government’s welfare and poverty programs have not aided in ending the war on poverty. He makes the case for job placement and a work-first model.

“The government has really increased the incentives for people to be on government programs.” Cove said. “People aren’t working. Only 47 percent of our country has full-time jobs.”

Cove makes suggests eliminating any welfare programs that provide hand-outs. “We get rid of that money, and transfer all of the money into the creation of jobs in the private and public sectors,” he said. “There are many ways to do it.”

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