Intergenerational poverty commission bill passes Utah Legislature

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  • Karl Hegbloom Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 23, 2013 2:11 a.m.

    The "Android Cell Phones" thing bothers me... Isn't education one of the primary modes of action in terms of eliminating poverty? Access to the Internet, via an Android phone, provides access to knowledge. And... nobody has a land-line anymore. Cellular carriers practically give away handsets to sell 2 year contracts.

    So, there's a "poor neighborhood" with a "convenience" store that sells beer and switchblades... so people think they're supposed to get drunk and fight with knives, and you gotta look out around there! So somebody throws a molatov cocktail between the bars on it's windows, and it burns down because nobody can afford a phone... So now there's a cellular phone dealer and Internet Cafe there, and you gotta look stuff up around there, since that's the kind of neighborhood that is.

    Algebra, share cropper. Algebra. Get it?

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Feb. 22, 2013 12:01 p.m.

    I could save the state tons of money here.

    The reas why you have intergenerational poverty is simple. You have made it easy to be poor. Why work hard to get ahead when somebody else will provide what you need.

    For example lets look at WIC. I have stood behind women in the grocery store who are buying milk, bread, and juice with their WIC checks. That itself didn't bother me. The fact that the women were talking on new Android cell phones did bother me. If they can afford a new cell phone and can afford the monthly payments, they could afford the milk, bread, and juice for their kids.

    Another example comes from Food Stamps. A friend of mine had a neighbor on food stamps. My friend worked hard, and complained about food prices going up. His neighbor didn't care about the price of food becuase the food stamps gave them so much money that they ate steak quite often. Again, why work, when you can eat better using government money.