Dan Liljenquist: Extreme poverty requires hand-to-hand combat

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  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 29, 2013 11:36 p.m.

    As long as the wealthy get all the breaks to continue to hoard more and more money, the majority living in poverty will continue to grow.

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    Aug. 29, 2013 10:04 a.m.


    I'm responding to your views as a potential political candidate.

    I am all for you, and anyone else, voluntarily giving to whatever charity tugs at your heart strings.

    However, seeing you as a political candidate I wonder what your views are on spending taxpayers' dollars on government overseas aid. I support Ron Paul's views on immediately ending all enforced taxpayer support of overseas nations. When we do this we might have more disposable income and can support whatever programs tug on OUR heartstrings.

    Charity is great; it begins at home and to be praiseworthy should be our own money, carefully budgeted and voluntarily given. Otherwise it is just tyranny, robbery and all in support of someone else's agenda.
    Some of these charities are not what they seem and the monies taken and applied may not pass to administrators and political leaders.

    What do you think of the economy, Dan. How would you get us all back to work?

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    Aug. 29, 2013 9:43 a.m.

    Dan, you should look very closely at the whole concept of micro-credit. It might be having the unintended consequence of perpetuating poverty. A woman selling baskets on the street and making a tiny profit for the first time in her life? That might sound like a victory to you, but if the money were spent on providing her children a decent education, the whole family would rise. The rich folks at the Grand America shouldn't be fooling themselves that a few dollars thrown at a micro-credit scheme will make them feel any better.