Book Review “The Poverty Industry” Daniel L. Hatcher


Government aid doesn’t always go where it’s supposed to. Foster care agencies team up with companies to take disability and survivor benefits from abused and neglected children. States and their revenue consultants use illusory schemes to siphon Medicaid funds intended for children and the poor into general state coffers. Child support payments for foster children and families on public assistance are converted into government revenue. And the poverty industry keeps expanding, leaving us with nursing homes and juvenile detention centers that sedate residents to reduce costs and maximize profit, local governments buying nursing homes to take the facilities’ federal aid while the elderly languish with poor care, and counties hiring companies to mine the poor for additional funds in modern day debtor’s prisons.
In The Poverty Industry, Daniel L. Hatcher shows us how state governments and their private industry partners are profiting from the social safety net, turning America’s most vulnerable populations into sources of revenue. The poverty industry is stealing billions in federal aid and other funds from impoverished families, abused and neglected children, and the disabled and elderly poor. As policy experts across the political spectrum debate how to best structure government assistance programs, a massive siphoning of the safety net is occurring behind the scenes.In the face of these abuses of power, Hatcher offers a road map for reforms to realign the practices of human service agencies with their intended purpose, to prevent the misuse of public taxpayer dollars, and to ensure that government aid truly gets to those in need. 
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What you read in this book will definitely make you mad. That inherent distrust most people have for their governing bodies exists for a reason. Well, it exists for many reasons and this book details a whole pile of them.
Hatcher has done his research and his findings are incredibly shocking. This book is aptly named. Those in poverty are being systemically farmed for sympathy money. When you drive around your town and you see homes falling apart, insanely skinny kids wearing faded clothes covered in holes you feel horribly for those suffering people. This elicits a emotional response that is a factor in your voting ideology. You vote and approve of measures to help lift those poor souls from their poverty prison. You don’t realize that those policies are actually keeping the poor …well poor. The farming bit I was talking about..well they are farming your sympathy which really translates to your taxes.
Hatcher outlines these atrocities in easy to understand detail. He introduces these scenarios with real people and  elicits a personal connection from reader to cause.
Most of what I read in this book was enlightening and very upsetting. I know that it will for sure change the way that I vote. I think it is for reason’s like this that the idea of Democratic Socialism looks better and better. We are not a great country if we allow those who are vulnerable to suffer.  
Hatcher has illustrated the issues plaguing the poor and outlines a plausible array of solutions to these issues. 
Excellent book. 5 stars.
5 stars
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The Technical Data:

Title: The Poverty Industry  | Series:  N/A  |  Author(s): Daniel L. Hatcher |Publisher: NYU Press / Publication Date: 6-21-2016 |Pages: 288 (Print) | ISBN:  978-1479874729 | Genre(s): Non-Fiction / Government / Poverty |Language: English |Rating: 5 out of 5 |  Date Read: 9-10-2016 |Source: Copy from Netgally

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There is also a documentary that was done to bring awareness to these issues. Check it out on Netflix! It will blow your mind.



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