Published: Saturday, Oct. 6 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT
Thanks Mr. Florez for highlighting and reporting on this issue. I will be
looking forward to your next column. I recently watched a very
interesting program on PBS's Frontline series, "Dropout Nation.".
It is available for on-line viewing. I think we need more programs revealing
the lives of the poor.
Democrats care about the poor because they create more of them every day! But
it’s a great political strategy for them because dependent people (47 %
and growing) will always vote for those whom they are dependent upon.
Some good comments here. In 1928 the British Navy had 60,000 employees. In
1920 2 years after WW 1 ended they had 100,000 employees and about 1/4 the
ships. Bureaucrats' job is to get more bureaucrats, more secretaries,
secretaries of secretaries, etc. They love to make more rules and regulations.
They may sound good, but they stifle the economy. The solution to the poor,most
of them,is to see that they get a good education and jobs. You can have fancy
welfare or jobs, which will it be. Our legislators and law schools should spend
a lot of time deleting laws and regulations that are redundant and make it
difficult to run or start a business. A good economy is the best welfare plan.
Our president is not respectful of individual enterprise, risk and
accomplishment. Without government intervention, regulation and subsidy he
thinks "You didn't do that...." The Solyndra solution doesn't
work, Mr. President. It is a top-down problem and until Mr. Obama leaves
Washington and returns to his Chicago politics, the country's approach to
sustainable growth will remain flawed.
Re:HemlockYour comment is utter nonsense.Democrats and
the President totally believe in private enterprise. When communities grant
"tax holidays" to Walmart, exempting them from paying taxes to local
govts. Is that promoting private enterprise? When universities get govt grants
to conduct research isn't that promoting private enterprise? What
corporation bought the land and built the national highway system? There are
numerous examples of private-govt partnerships that propel the development of
new technologies, medical advaces and expand the economy. SolyndraIn 2006, the U.S. Department of Energy invited the company to
apply for a new loan guarantee program, a program created with the support
of a majority of Republicans, who controlled Congress at the time. As
recently as 2010, the company was hailed as a Silicon Valley superstar, ranked
a top clean-tech company by the Wall Street Journal and one of the
"World's 50 Most Innovative Companies" by a Massachusetts Institute
of Technology magazine. The loan due diligence was scheduled before Obama took
office with a completion date of March 2009. But silicon prices collapsed and
Solyndra couldn't compete with Chinese govt supported solar panels.
Mr. MountanmanPlease go to the top of this page and type in
"completely wrong" in the box that says "Search or keyword".
Mr. Mitt Romney will inform you that the 47% stuff is "completely
wrong". Thank you
From 1964 to now the poverty rate has only gone down slightly despite the huge
increase in government programs to help the poor. Mr. Florez is absolutely
correct. Democrats who have controlled Congress for the vast majority of the
last 70 years have created a welfare/entitlement state that has treated the
symptoms of poverty, but not a solution.Obama has borrowed from our
grandchildren in taking us from a *9 trillion to massive $16 trillion debt in
just 4 years. We have gone from the "Greatest Generation" to the
"Most Selfish Generation".
Should one feel a need to learn about poverty in America, a visit to the local
long distant bus station and the subsequent ride to another state will provide
an eye opener to poverty in America. Every bus station city in America is
available for a glimpse of sadness and heartbreak.The view of
America's poor and less fortunate at these locations include: hunger, lack
of clothing, lack of hygiene, both mental and physical disabilities, drug and
alcohol addiction, abusive behavior towards humans of all ages, children of all
ages, including those who should be in school riding buses with their parents
year after year. Overheard a crying child, desperately begging his mother,
"Why can't we stop this so I can live in a house, go to school, and
have some friends?"If there exists a political candidate who believes
he or she can repair this terrible national disaster, please let the voters
know. Please loudly and clearly let the country hear your plan!
Politicians can't stop the problem at bus stops. People can. Ezra Taft
Benson said the world would take those people out of the slums, but Jesus takes
the slums out of the people who take themselves out of the slums.
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