Living in a poor place might make it harder to get out of poverty

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  • happy2bhere clearfield, UT
    July 10, 2014 7:24 a.m.

    And the ironic thing is that it is LIBERALS who, while claiming to CARE more, don't want to do voucher programs to allow poverty stricken students to move to better schools and maybe begin a transition out of the poverty they are growing up in. All in the name of course of protecting their precious teachers unions and the millions of $ support they give Democrats. Such hypocrisy.

  • chiksika Hyrum, UT
    July 9, 2014 9:21 p.m.

    Branding a society as poverty stricken is the liberals mantra for perpetuating more of the same. How can politicians be so ignorant? Because they receive a cut? Reminder. There are many so-called poverty areas where the kids do well in school in spite of their conditions. There are hundreds places much worse off where kids are doing well because they can't spell 'poverty'.

    This is reminiscent of the tenacity of so many kids in New York Boroughs who year after year produce some of the best chess teams in the nation. Don't tell them they are poor, poverty stricken and otherwise handicapped.

  • yarrlydarb Ogden, UT
    July 9, 2014 5:02 p.m.

    And how much did it cost the taxpayers to verify this common sense?

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 9, 2014 2:50 p.m.

    Geography has nothing to do with poverty or escaping poverty.

    People really need to read Justice Clarence Thomas' book "My Grandfather's Son: A Memoir."
    He was born into real poverty in dirt poor Georgia. But, he escaped and became a resounding success through hard work, driven by grandparents who raised him and stressed (strongly!) the need to behave, attend school, read and do well. This enabled him to attend college and law school and end up on the Supreme Court.

    Dr. Benjamin Carson is a similar example of the proof of the ability to escape poverty and the ghetto. By similar efforts, but driven by his mother who demanded he read books and submit book reports weekly to her. (Which she pretended to read as she was illiterate herself!) Dr. Carson became a world renowned pediatric neurosurgeon.

    However, both these examples are anathema to liberals as they show that liberal programs are not necessary, and may indeed impede escape from the liberal welfare plantation where people mired in dependency and unfamiliar with work can be counted on to vote Democrat. Instead of praising and emulating success, liberals demand, and depend on, failure for their own political success.

  • RBB Sandy, UT
    July 9, 2014 1:41 p.m.

    While the points made in the article are accurate, it misses the biggest factor. Living in a high poverty area reinforces poverty causing behavior. I served a mission in a high poverty area. Some of the boys I met did not know any men who got up and went to work each day to support their families. Most men just moved in with a sugar mamma until she got pregnant and then moved on to the next. When the boys hit late teens, they engaged in the same behavior. One day I made the comment to my companion that I needed to get some money (meaning we need to stop by the bank). The cute little boy we had been talking to looked up and me and asked - "why don't you just ask the government for some more?"

    The lack of good role models (male in particular) is the biggest problem in many high poverty areas. While the government may give money, most children need a role model to learn the skills to get them out of poverty. We need to step up as individuals and help serve as role models in these areas.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    July 9, 2014 1:04 p.m.

    What "promotes" poverty is easy government welfare, which creates dependency and locks people into poverty! We have third and fourth generation of welfare recipients locked into poverty! The best cure for poverty not being substance addicted, get married and stay married and work at ANY job! Its just common sense!

  • Downtime Saint George, UT
    July 9, 2014 12:57 p.m.

    @FreedomFighter41: None of those things cause poverty. Poverty is caused by the the changing definition-and the destruction of-the traditional family. The prophets have warned for centuries about the cost to society of the destruction of the family. And they have always been right. They are right again.

  • FreedomFighter41 Provo, UT
    July 9, 2014 12:43 p.m.

    They needed researchers to conduct a research on this?

    Isn't it just common sense?

    If you don't like poverty then don't support policies like elimination of min wage, trickle down economics, corporate welfare, etc which promote poverty.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    July 9, 2014 12:05 p.m.

    Location location location, If your utility's are high, you drive to go any where your in a bad location to save money.