John Florez: Bureaucracies deal with symptoms, not causes of poverty

Return To Article
Add a comment
  • higv Dietrich, ID
    Oct. 7, 2012 8:24 a.m.

    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.

  • no fit in SG St.George, Utah
    Oct. 6, 2012 10:16 p.m.

    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!

  • WestGranger West Valley City, Utah
    Oct. 6, 2012 9:53 p.m.

    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".

  • William Gronberg Payson, UT
    Oct. 6, 2012 8:33 p.m.

    Mr. Mountanman

    Please 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

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    Oct. 6, 2012 12:12 p.m.


    Your 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.

    In 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.

  • Hemlock Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 6, 2012 10:28 a.m.

    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.

  • What in Tucket? Provo, UT
    Oct. 6, 2012 9:45 a.m.

    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.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Oct. 6, 2012 9:37 a.m.

    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.

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    Oct. 6, 2012 8:46 a.m.

    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.