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Poverty Nonsense

None1257 Wrote: Oct 17, 2012 11:57 AM
Are government programs to help the less fortunate intended to help the less fortunate or to get people to vote for them, because there are a whole lot of people who think it is the right thing to do, whether it is or not?
Arley2 Wrote: Oct 17, 2012 12:28 PM
Well................I don't know, but I think programs to "help the less fortunate" were first instituted to assist people who couldn't (say for physical reasons) get by on their own efforts. But like most government programs, they got distorted over time as people found ways around the rules.

Social Security Disability for example. I'd bet many of the people currently on the program WOULD NOT have qualified when the program began.
Here's a recent statement frequently suggested by leftist academics, think tank researchers and policymakers: "People were not just struggling because of their personal deficiencies. There were structural factors at play. People weren't poor because they made bad decisions. They were poor because our society creates poverty." Who made that statement and where it was made is not important at all, but its corrosive effects on the minds of black people, particularly black youths, are devastating.

There's nothing intellectually challenging or unusual about poverty. For most of mankind's existence, his most optimistic scenario was to be able to eke out enough to subsist...