Published: Saturday, May 11 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT
I like John Florez. His ideas are "thinking outside the box", which
I'm always a fan of.Poverty is often very complex, especially
as families and multiple dysfunctions or disabilities are layered on top of each
other (such as parents who are not engaged in their children's educations,
which leads to lower academic progress, other problems, and the cycle
repeats).I think the idea of having a group of support staff that
coordinate getting aid from multiple agencies is a great idea, and it could be a
good starter job for a lot of new college graduates, especially in fields like
Sociology, History, Economics, etc. I think it could have a positive impact,
without a doubt.Unfortunately, I think this idea will get batted
down by conservatives, who would tend to see such a structure as a
"concierge" service for the poor. "Aren't we enabling
dependency? If they can't find support and keep appointments, maybe they
need to learn some hard lessons".I think conservatives will view
it like companies view gift cards: if we make assistance more readily available,
it will cost more tax money.
"Furthermore, the social service industry has become too complex, impersonal
and specialized where individuals who are hurting must navigate through a
gauntlet of agencies to get help with their problem. Such a relationship and
experience fosters dependency and a sense of futility, the beginning of the
cycle of poverty. "I can definitely see how this engenders a
sense of futility, but I don't understand how failing to obtain the help
one needs would make one more dependent upon the source which did not help them,
as you claim.
Those who look to government for answers to end poverty will never escape
poverty. The answer is simple. You work - hard. You study. You sacrifice.
You apply yourself. You stay away from politicians who "have the
answer". You move when necessary. Jobs don't always come to you. You
have to go where the jobs are.Those answers have worked for hundreds
of years. My ancestors came from Europe. They escaped centuries of poverty of
working in the coal mines of Europe and came to Utah to work in the coal mines.
The work was almost the same. The hours were just as long. They were just as
tired at the end of the day, but they were free to pursue their dreams. Those who waited on the government for help are still waiting. Their
children, their grandchildren, their great-grandchildren are still waiting.No one forced my ancestors from Denmark to learn English. They
didn't expect government to print anything in Danish. They didn't
expect America to change to accommodate them. They changed. They prospered.
They taught those principles to their children.The secret lies
within ourselves. Government has no answer.
The sense of dependency comes from a system that may give or withhold needed
resources for reasons the person seeking them has no power over. If upsetting
the persons in charge of deciding if you get these resources makes them less
willing to help, you quickly learn not to make demands.
Thanks, KWL - that makes a lot more sense.
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