'Eisenhower rule' explains why it's hard to break the cycle of poverty, study says

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  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Dec. 7, 2012 3:26 a.m.

    Who has the right to tell people they can't be poor? Poverty is not a shameful way of living and to many it is the way of life they like and enjoy, our welfare professionals have proven that. Welfare also inspires poverty because it doesn't encourage people to seek wealth or prosperity.

    No nation can be free of poor citizens, and no nation can have a society where everyone has the same income and wealth without calling it socialism. The USSR and China are the biggest examples of why Socialism and standardize social class doesn't work, its a slavery society. The US is in a state of poverty because wealth has been discouraged as a shameful dream.

    The United State system of free market and free enterpize of seeking prosperity is the best economy all forms of government and puts the power of the country and its economy in the hands of the people who want a better way of life. The US system inspires achievement and growth, socialism and Obamanomics is poverty with no hope of prosperity or wealth.

  • Janet Ontario, OR
    Dec. 7, 2012 12:31 a.m.

    Oh, please! Mosiah 4:17: "Perhaps thou shalt say: The man has brought upon himself his misery; therefore I will stay my hand, and will not give unto him of my food, nor impart unto him of my substance that he may not suffer, for his punishments are just; 18 But I say unto you, O man, whosoever doeth this the same hath great cause to repent..." Verse 22: "And if ye judge the man who putteth up his petition to you for your substance that he perish not, and condemn him, how much more just will be your condemnation for withholding your substance, which doth not belong to you but to God, to whom also your life belongeth; and yet ye put up no petition, nor repent of the thing which thou hast done."

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    Dec. 6, 2012 11:18 p.m.

    So, the poor have been conditioned by decades and generations of life on the liberal welfare plantation that the government relief programs are their only hope for sustenance, that the world is stacked against them, and that they have nothing because the evil (usually white) rich guys stole it all.

    And, schools functioning as little more than indoctrination camps reiterate the same message, and fail to teach the poor (or pretty much anyone else any more) the basic rules for success, the necessity for hard work, the necessity to show up for work on time, the skills to balance a checkbook, cook a meal or perform a task in a workmanlike manner. Or, right from wrong, or respect for the law.

    The opportunities exist, but through neglect or design, the "poor" choose not to avail themselves of the opportunities. So, the solution is to punish those who did, and confiscate the fruits of their labors and give them to the poor.

    Welcome to Obama's America.

    Given the choice between waiting for Santa, or working hard and taking risks, most people will now just wait, and vote, for Santa.

    Our country is doomed.

  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 6, 2012 8:34 p.m.

    The Urgent/Important matrix reminds me of the effectiveness principles in Steven Covey's "Seven Habits of Highly Effective People".

    He said that most of the book was simply a compilation of important principles he'd learned throughout his life. Perhaps he learned something about effective time management from Eisenhower.

    I wonder where/how Eisenhower learned them? Being a four-star general and president must surely have presented him with time management learning experiences. :o)

  • Dave D Pocatello, ID
    Dec. 6, 2012 1:20 p.m.

    Interesting study. Thanks for the report, Mercedes. It is so easy to make judgments as to why people cannot escape poverty, but so difficult to try to see things from their perspective.