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Pistol Wrote: 21 hours ago (3:51 PM)
gPayne, there are poor people, made destitute as you describe. They amount to far less than half of the parasite class now receiving food stamps, ADC, welfare housing and fuel payments. Nobody begrudges an elderly widow who has been wiped out financially gov't support. But the waste, fraud and abuse are horrendous. These we don't need.
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Pistol Wrote: 22 hours ago (3:20 PM)
stedes, you are peddling unadulterated politicallycorrectbullshit. Since retiring in 2000, I have been working an 800 hours/year in a public charter school. 7 of our 13 cheerleaders are black. I can see the polarization of the students every day, as they choose to learn, do their best grab their opportunities, and decide that education and demonstrated competence will pay off. About half so decide, and the rest reject these ideas. Ethnic background doesn't seem to be a major factor in the decision. Parental attitudes are much more important, and here we benefit. It is less convenient to attend our school than the county public schools, so we have a higher percentage of parents who go to some trouble to get a better education for their kids. A couple years ago, we placed 34th scholastically out of over 3000 schools in the state. The ruthless amoral market you describe selects and rewards capable productive people, as it should. You are part of it. Do you shop where prices are high and sales people are surly? Do you look for expensive gas, or buy where its cheaper? Do you re-hire incompetent service people, or do you search for those victimized by the system, so you can do your bit to alleviate their undeserved plight?
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Why Are The Poor, Poor?

Pistol Wrote: 22 hours ago (2:51 PM)
You make an idiot's cheap response, GPayne. Give us your contrary opinion, maybe backed up with a few facts and pertinent statistics. Honestly, try it. You might like it, and just think, you would be the first troll on TH to do so.
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Pistol Wrote: 22 hours ago (2:47 PM)
Thank you for a scholarly expansion of my thoughts. I have trouble remembering Lee's name. Countries like Israel, Switzerland, Singapore and Finland tend not to delude themselves, even at the individual level, for the reason you mentioned. Ugly neighbors provide clarity also. For instance, the 2nd amendment doesn't necessarily mean much to a fat cat in a gated neighbor hood. Those who reside in South Boston tend to have a contrary view.
As Tanya Tucker would say "But its a little too late to do the right thing now". How's that workin' out for ya,barryvoters? BWAAHAhahahahahahh........ Actually this whole sorry situation is why I refused to vote for McCain. Even being sure that Yomama was misery city, I wanted him in there. He looked to me like the only chance leading to a reversal of course. It is a positive sign if a few million college age moonbeams learned a lesson from that second college we all perforce must attend -- the college of hard knocks. I can see Yomama's legacy now. Yomama, the Educator.
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Pistol Wrote: Apr 19, 2014 9:00 AM
Don't forget gasoline taxes, and agricultural policies like the sugar quota, ethanol and Dairy subsidies and many others which amount to corporate welfare at the expense of the consumer and tax payer.
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Pistol Wrote: Apr 19, 2014 8:50 AM
Good morning, johnm. I don't really disagree, but there would seem to be a few rare instances of benevolent dictators. Pinochet in Chile left the state in much better shape than when he was put in place by the military, and that fellow in Singapore, Yee something, championed productive people.
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Why Are The Poor, Poor?

Pistol Wrote: Apr 19, 2014 8:42 AM
Very true, Jason. Another example is the cost of college. When the gov't is picking up the tab nobody shops for the best deal. Ask anyone who has traveled on Gov't per diem.
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Pistol Wrote: Apr 19, 2014 8:36 AM
This sort of thing is legion, Johnny L, and takes place at every economic level. Your hair cutter is far from the worst. At least she is playing the system by the rules. Millions of folks in a similar situation don't restrict their earnings, they just don't report them. The system Is to blame. It rewards evil. What is rewarded increases.
What???!!! What about George Washington Carver, the Tuskeegee Airmen, Jackie Robinson to Lynn Swann and hundreds more highly visible athletes, and the millions of articulate handsome black folks who just lived a good decent life under the media radar.
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