The war on poverty will not be won until this country (1) stops illegal
immigration, and (2) stops shipping jobs overseas. Will that ever happen? Not
under the current administration.
The solution is personal behavior. Imagine if 95 perrcent of kids graduated
from high school. Imagine is 70 percent of black children, 50 percent of latino
chidren and 30 percent of white children were not born to single mothers.
Imagine if men acted like men and supported their children. While there are
situations that can put one in poverty (disability, unemployment, etc.) The vast
majority is caused by personal behavior. If personal responsibility were more
common, poverty would not be. Unfortunately, it is the children who bear the
brunt of decisions that others made.
If the war on poverty means we don't as a rule have hungry children or
otherwise in the United States, the war has been won. If it means there are no
longer people who need assistance, then it hasn't been won.So
long as our society can pay corporate executives tens of millions of dollars per
year, especially regardless whether or not they do a good job, I'm certain
we can find the money to help those down on their luck and their children to get
food, shelter and decent medical care.
Until we come to the realization that poverty and homelessness is a "state
of mind not a state of being" there will be no solution.
The war on poverty has become a war on the poor, as Republicans insist on
cutting every single program that's intended to help them--including
educational loans, TANF, SNAP, veteran benefits, Medicaid, etc. Do Republicans
really believe that making their lives harder will somehow "enable" the
poor? Regardless of what we do, 10-15% of the population will always struggle
because of illness or disability or just bad luck. We can help them or abandon
"..teach a man to fish". Maybe one can make their own crude pole and
fashion bait; but you still got to get to where the fish are; and you have to
buy a license. In this IT age, we should be able to connect manpower with jobs,
better; and training/education is vital. Government and business need to work
together. Progress is being made; more is needed.
during the 1930's and even into the 1950's there existed the CCC
program (Civilian Conservation Core). My dad participated for a time building
roads in Wyoming. This program took men who were out of work or struggling and
gave them the opportunity to WORK and LEARN new skills. The pay was fairly low
but the work experience and the self esteem were priceless. These men did all
sorts of out door projects from building roads and dams to doing needed
conservative projects for the Forest Service. My dad learned how to operate
heady equipment which eventually led him to work for UDOT. It is these kinds of
programs that are so badly needed today....not HAND OUTS!!! Again - this is all
about teaching men how to fish rather than giving them a fish for the day which
is opposite what the Democrat party is all about.
I'm a life-long Republican. I don't think previous commenters actually
read what Samuelson reported: the poverty has not changed.Meanwhile,
neither Robert J. Samuelson nor the previous commenters offer any solutions.
Isn't that what we Republicans have become known for? Criticizing but not
offering any solutions? At least Samuelson acknowledges the "stalemate"
- the tension between too much "help" and not enough. The tragedy of the
GOP is this attitude of blaming the government and/or blaming poor people
themselves -- that is what gets us the reputation of being heartless.Poverty is a complicated problem that requires complicated solutions from
complex (rather than simplistic) thinkers. We can only hope that the GOP has
some thoughtful, intelligent folks coming up in the party ranks. If not, we may
be in for a long season of continuing to be marginalized.Following
the advice of Castellanos, Ryan, Rubio, Lee and others have started talking
about poverty, but they mostly want to move anti-poverty efforts to the States.
As if State governments are any more effective and less corrupt than the Federal
government?We need real answers, not more rhetoric.
The amount of money spent on this so called war, which is unwinnable with
current tactics, we could have paid off peoples mortgages. No not everyone, but,
a good number of US citizens could have owned their homes free and clear.If not that, then cut their home loan in half, refinance and now they
have more income coming in. Instead we're giving little hand outs to the
sum of $300-1000 for each household.Oh well, if the problem were
solved then democrats would be out of job themselves. Sometimes you have to drum
Sounds like we succeeded in "giving a man a fish" but failed to teach
him how to fish.
FACT: The poverty index has gone way up under Obama.
The so called war on poverty only succeeded in creating a permanent underclass
of dependency! Welfare, as administered by the government, does not remove
people from poverty, it practically guarantees they will remain in poverty. The
numbers don't lie! People can only permanently remove THEMSELVES from
poverty by changing the reasons they are poor; addictions, poor choices, lack of
education and job skills, having children out of wedlock, and yes, in some