Considering that after Trillions of dollars spent on anti poverty programs since the “Great society” programs we have seen almost no decrease (after an initial decrease or continuation of a decrease that started prior to the program) in overall poverty rates….. It appears that what he said is absolutely true. I am not saying that it is not noble to help the poor. I am not saying it is not a personal responsibility to help the poor. I am saying that it is proven with absolute certainty that the government can not eliminate the poor who …..will apparently always be among us.