* The state just launched its annual Summer Food Service Program, which provides meals when school is out.
These programs, all well-intentioned, have failed to eliminate childhood poverty in West Virginia.
In fact, the liberal Center on Budget and Public Policy said childhood poverty rose from 19.1 percent in 1969 to 23.2 percent today.
Government programs, at best, treat only the symptoms of poverty. The root cause of childhood poverty in West Virginia is the lack of good jobs.
Expanding government has not worked and strangling the private sector has not worked.
West Virginia's leaders could help more children more rapidly if they rushed to adopt tax and legal policies that welcomed investment and job creation.
The cause of child poverty is parental poverty.
The cure is allowing adults to thrive.