How poverty depletes brain power

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    Oct. 22, 2013 3:31 p.m.

    These are some pretty poor conclusions. They are essentially saying that requiring poor people to do anything is too taxing on them. I think the study is too limited to make the conclusions that it's making. Another conclusion that can be made is that what separates the rich from the poor is the ability to make decisions when under pressure. Anyone who has experienced financial strain understands that it can be mentally and emotionally taxing on them, but what determines whether that leads to poverty or not is their ability to make decisions in that stressed state.

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    Oct. 20, 2013 10:58 p.m.

    Re:water rocket
    "The LDS church requires that people receiving assistance perform some act of service. They also offer classes to help people gain employment, start businesses, and get higher education. None of this is part of the government "assistance" programs."

    Classes? What classes? Are they free classes? I know people getting church assistance and none have attended classes. Act of service? Sometimes.

    Welfare was reformed in 1996 in an agreement between a Republican Congress and Pres. Clinton.
    The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act started the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program, which placed time limits on welfare assistance and replaced the longstanding Aid to Families with Dependent Children program. Other changes to the welfare system included stricter conditions for food stamps eligibility, reductions in immigrant welfare assistance, and recipient work requirements.

    Federal requirements have ensured some measure of uniformity across states, but the block grant approach has led individual states to distribute federal money in different ways. Certain states more actively encourage education; others use the money to help fund private enterprises helping job seekers.

    The bottom line is some people will "game" whether it is a church or govt system.

  • Pendergast Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 20, 2013 7:00 p.m.

    If poverty depletes brain power then explain why many many Engineers & Programmers come from India while the US is famous for Investment Bankers?

  • water rocket Magna, UT
    Oct. 20, 2013 3:16 p.m.

    I don't want to suggest that either party is at fault, because if you were to look at the rules of welfare both parties helped create, they actually penalize initiative and any upward movement out of welfare. There is a hopelessness that comes with the need/dependency of welfare that demeans and diminishes a person's self worth. The LDS church requires that people receiving assistance perform some act of service. They also offer classes to help people gain employment, start businesses, and get higher education. None of this is part of the government "assistance" programs. Government welfare almost seems to be geared to create a dependance of the people for the government.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Oct. 19, 2013 7:30 a.m.

    The cities with the highest welfare recipients are:
    1.Detroit, MI
    2.Buffalo, NY
    3.Cincinnati, OH
    4.Cleveland, OH
    5.Miami, FL
    6.St. Louis, MO
    7.El Paso, TX
    8.Milwaukee, WI
    9.Philadelphia, PA
    10.Newark, NJ
    All run by liberals, therefore it is safe to conclude liberalism creates welfare dependency.

  • bandersen Saint George, UT
    Oct. 18, 2013 3:09 p.m.

    The cycle of poverty begins and ends with government programs that intervene with the truths of life and its purpose. Anyone proposing government programs don't have the right to complain. They lost that right by advocating for the program in the first place. Anarchy is preferable to Socialism! Socialism has destroyed more human potential than any other 'ism' the world has ever known by a long ways. Where are the real men in our society?

  • UtahCo Springville, UT
    Oct. 18, 2013 2:11 p.m.

    Which is why, Christopher B and RBB, that the poorest states like Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, etc. always vote Democratic...oh wait, looks like that argument doesn't work so well.

  • Christopher B Ogden, UT
    Oct. 18, 2013 9:45 a.m.

    RBB makes a valid point. It says a lot that those in poverty typically vote Democrat

  • The Solution Dayton, OH
    Oct. 18, 2013 7:16 a.m.

    These studies may be usefule, albeit with some flaws and assumptions, but where is the solutions to the problem? Maybe started a welfare program earlier in the morning will help, but that still doesn't address all the problem.

    How can you have a program that helps an individual help themself if you assume that their mental capacity is strained without doing everything for them?

    The only thing I can think of is something that would take enormous committment, time, and resource which could not be provided by government programs. Basically, you would have to have an individual dedicated to pulling the person in poverty along until that person is elevated to a place where they can succeed in life. Then you would have to track that person and continue to help them until there is enough evidence that he is self reliant. Then that person can start paying back the debt that was accumulated in helping him get to that point.

    The underlying assumption is that everybody wants to succeed by the established way that we contribute to society. This is not 100% true. 100% of anything is not true in this life.

  • vern001 Castle Rock, CO
    Oct. 17, 2013 10:51 p.m.

    There is no doubt in my mind that when a person is struggling, be it with financial, emotional, or other difficulties, it is harder to make good decisions. Maybe we can stop judging the poor and instead offer them a helping hand.

  • RBB Sandy, UT
    Oct. 17, 2013 10:08 p.m.

    This article actually explains a lot. The $17,000,000,000,000 debt keeps Congress and the President from making rational decisions. It also explains why the poor keep voting Democrat.