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Paul Ryan at AEI: Solve Poverty by Empowering People, Not Overseeing Them

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan speaks at the American Enterprise Institute and unveils a new vision for addressing poverty in America.

REP. RYAN: Today, federal aid is fragmented and formulaic. Washington looks at each person’s needs in isolation, like food, housing, energy. It doesn’t see how their needs interact. And what’s worse, Washington looks at each person in isolation. It doesn’t see how people need to interact. The secret of our country’s success is collaboration: people working together, learning together, building together—of our own free will. What government should do, then, is encourage collaboration. Bring people together. Get them in the mix. Don’t force them. Empower them. Don't oversea them. Don't force them.

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