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Published: Saturday, Aug. 13 2011 10:00 a.m. MDT

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Logan, UT


I think it is shameful to assume, based on one or two stories and sayings from "my father," a ridiculous thing like 90% of poverty is self inflicted. What brand of idiot would choose poverty? Only one who did not have the capacity to choose otherwise. Remember, there is a real percentage of people with diminished abilities that we have stripped of resources. There are few places for a marginally mentally ill or diminished person to go for real help, yet holding a job is terribly hard for them. They need our help, and can't just pull themselves up by their bootstraps. We need to stop being selfish and judgmental and just help people, weeding out the frauds when we can but not at the expense of those who truly need our help. Worry more about people than about spending a tiny fraction of your money erroneously. Just help, and that is what the government is for. We agree, via our laws and lawmakers, to help and protect each other. Those that believe in god cannot justify any other path, I believe.

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