Combating intergenerational poverty

Return To Article
Add a comment
  • DVD Taylorsville, 00
    Sept. 5, 2012 10:24 p.m.

    Sen. Reid, I think the comments offered here would be worth both considering and responding to.

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    Sept. 4, 2012 4:55 p.m.

    American capitalism is based on economic competition


    Define "American Capitalism".

    As an ideal it has not been necessarly well defined, and if the current practice is meant
    I think it might be good to clarify that too.

    If, as may be inferred from this article, it is a kind of economic Darwinism, I would agree
    to some extent, but it is not that simple. Surely in practice we have a mixture of free enterprise and a substantial and growing government control, oversight, even meddling. Moreover there is also a mixture of free competition and sometimes carefully concealed monopolies and cartels, a system also in which a large percentage of the workforce is in the public sector.

    I have often wondered whether the "system" of a free market is not a new idea or practice at all, whether such a "system" is not particularly new or peculiarly American.
    It seems that "American Capitalism" has depended more on stocks, shares, big money, big banks, international corporations, and politically on an inconsistent patchwork of political mergers of nations as in NAFTA, on unequal terms, and favoritism as in "most favored nation status".

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Sept. 4, 2012 2:20 p.m.

    The applicable quote is: "Give a man to fish and he will eat for a day, teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime."

    The answer is to teach people how to support themselves, give them the tools, and then free them for dependency on the government for cradle to grave welfare assistance.

    And no, throwing money at the problem hasn't proven to be the answer in the past.

  • Roland Kayser Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 4, 2012 10:19 a.m.

    The countries that do the best job of getting poor children into the middle class are Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden. If we want "evidence-based" solutions. we should study what they do.

  • John C. C. Payson, UT
    Sept. 4, 2012 9:27 a.m.

    Senator Reid, the solutions to intergenerational poverty have already been discovered and you want to dismantle them.

    Children born to poor mothers have poor health and you oppose programs on their behalf.

    We have seen middle class wages shrink as corporations successfully shut down the power of unions. How do feel about this? How does capitalism raise the status of the working fathers if they cannot collectively bargain? The statistical evidence of workers' rights and the rise of the working men out of poverty has been documented through over a century of corporate abuse since the industrial revolution began treating labor as an expendable commodity.

    A vital community includes citizen participation and input, yet you would make Utah's entire public education system a private fiefdom of our governor, simultaneously trying gut "open records" and let the state run in secrecy.

    Public education is the one great equalizer, allowing equal opportunity to children regardless of class. You promote school choice, but the poor are the least able to take advantage of such choice.

    One contagious symptom of intergenerational poverty is dispair. By seeking to hold poor parents "accountable" for their poverty, you offer them blame instead of charity.