How poverty is a moral issue

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  • Jamescmeyer Midwest City, USA, OK
    April 8, 2014 7:56 a.m.

    “We think of them as helpless individuals. We don't respect their dignity as individuals.”

    Precisely. If I am destitute, receiving from other people doesn't help me, it only prolongs my living through poverty, whether people do it of their kindness or the government compels them to (though at least in the former case, they can do so willingly and enjoy the blessings, without fear for their property rights).

    If you look at the welfare program of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, direct and tangible aid is coupled with a spirit of self-reliance and, when possible, opportunities to work for one's gains and learn important skills from labor to filling out a resumé. The aid they are given is provided by the Church membership, entirely of their own volition and by their own chosen degree.

    Contrast every single part of that with federal welfare program.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    April 4, 2014 9:25 a.m.

    They have free-agency. They don't pay rent if they don't want to. Respect and trust is earned.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    April 4, 2014 12:22 a.m.

    How much does the working man pay for the poor?

    Dignity is the responsibility of the poor man.