Dr. David Ribar, professor in the Bryan School of Business and Economics, was interviewed by the News & Record regarding the current war on poverty, which has been a “mixed bag,” as referenced by the article.

“Some of the anti-poverty programs are effective and have been tremendously successful,” Ribar said. “The biggest success has been reducing poverty for the elderly.”

Of the “Great Society” initiative President Lyndon Johnson launched in January 1964, Ribar mentioned that subsequent presidents and congressional leaders tweaked here and massively changed there to eventually create a clumsy juggernaut with rules and eligibility requirements that sometimes make it more difficult for a recipient to achieve self-sufficiency.

“Currently, fewer than one out of six poor families receives any cash assistance from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program,” Ribar said.