All Americans should have the opportunity to achieve the American Dream regardless of their economic status. In America, being successful shouldn’t matter if you grew up rich or poor. Hard work, using your God-given talents, and playing by the rules should enable everyone to be as successful as they choose. Far too often, though, Americans are being trapped in poverty and are not able to move up to the middle class or beyond.
Unfortunately, many government programs designed to fight poverty are actually hampering upward mobility among those they’re trying to help. These programs must be reformed to allow Americans achieve their full potential. Reform of these programs can take on many forms, such as introducing more incentives and rewards for work, encouraging two-parent families, and discouraging damaging behaviors like drug use. I’m committed to reforming these programs to ensure that all Americans can be successful.