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Proceeds from the $80 entrance fee for the full marathon ($60 for the half) will go to Park Partners of Fort Smith, a nonprofit corporation devoted to developing parks and recreation facilities in the city. The marathon proceeds will go toward expanding the Fort Smith Trail System, according to the marathon website.

opportunities to help more Americans, especially young Americans, escape from squalor and misery and Lv Shoes Red

We look forward to hearing more about the race in the coming weeks. Let us know if you plan to participate.

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"It's a heck of a course," Mr. Pendleton said. "It's scenic, it's got hills, it's got neighborhoods, it's got history, it's just got grit."

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So, it's a challenging event for people who love a challenge. Perfect.

Since 1964, the government has spent more than $20 trillion_yes, that's "trillion" with a "t''_to wage the War on Poverty. But the overall poverty is virtually unchanged since the war began. spent $916 billion on more than 80 programs designed to assist the poor. About 100 million Americans receives assistance from one or more of these programs, with an average benefit of $9,000 per year_and that doesn't include Social Security or Medicare.

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How did that work out?

Over the past five decades, the War on Poverty has morphed into a mass of government handouts that has not led Americans to become more self sufficient, but more dependent. The assistance has not given people a way out of their desperation, but instead set them up for failure and generational poverty.

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using government benefits to buy votes.

You cannot expect people to do anything to help themselves when the government tries to provide of their every need. It's just not going to happen.

The idea of a Fort Smith Marathon has been kicking around for a while, according to a report in Friday's Times Record, and it's a great one. Running 26 miles in a picturesque but oh so hilly city? That's going to be something to brag about for a long time. The route, which will start and end in historic downtown, is not for the faint of heart.

There are a few reasons. Bleeding hearts with good intentions_both back in 1964 and today_who can't or won't see the harm they are doing. The nature of government to expand and try to do too much. Politicians Lv Sneaker Women

Johnson had a plan to do just that and it involved providing government assistance so poor Americans would have the opportunity to become self sufficient.

Why has a decent idea turned into such an ineffective monster?

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The War on Poverty wasn't a bad idea in its original context. But the execution has been tragically wrong. It Louis Vuitton Shoes Women has created generations of wasted lives. It has destroyed whole communities.

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Well, as a recent op ed by Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation points out, not too well.

unemployment rolls where other citizens help to carry them. Very often a lack of jobs and money is not the cause of poverty, but the symptom. The cause may lie deeper in our failure to give our fellow citizens a fair chance to develop their own capacities, in a lack of education and training, in a lack of medical care and housing, in a lack of decent communities in which to live and bring up their children," he said.

We have seen the results of five decades of paternalism. The first Fort Smith Marathon route has been set, and its date has been finalized. The Feb. 8 race is fewer than 200 days away.

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It took a long time to get where we are. And it's going to take time to get out of this mess_that is, if anyone in Washington actually wants to do so.

Basically, Johnson's idealistic program has become a massive failure.

Patrick Pendleton, one of the race's organizers, said the race will have history, scenery and hills and will be organized around a "True Grit" theme in honor of the book and movies that reveal Fort Smith's history from the time it sat on the border between relative civilization and the Wild West.

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