Civics Lesson 101: The War on Poverty

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  1. It is necessary that the federal government deals directly with poverty.

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  2. The federal government does a good job dealing with poverty.

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  3. The federal government has made little or no difference re poverty in America.

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  4. The federal government has promoted poverty in America.

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  5. I'm somewhere in between here and will explain in my post.

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  6. None of the above and I'll explain in my post.

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  1. Foxfyre
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    With no guarantee that the numbers are necessarily accurate, study the following chart:

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    President Johnson announced his landmark "War on Poverty" at the State of the Union Address in January, 1964.

    President Obama will probably mention something akin to poverty at his State of the Union Address 47 years later in January, 2011.

    So what do the numbers tell you?

    Government is necessary to deal with poverty?

    Government does a good job in addressing poverty?

    Government makes little or no difference in reducing poverty and could have saved a shipload of the people's money--make that mega trillions--if it had not initiated a 'war on poverty'?

    Government actually contributes to poverty?

    Or something in between?

    Or none of the above?

    In framing your conclusions, bear in mind that the above graphic does not include the changing definition of 'poverty' over the years, does not highlight the temporarily 'poor' due to joblessness, etc., and does not illustrate factors such as 12 to 20 million additional undocumented people since 1980 being included in the equation.
     
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    Snip



    That no matter how things change, everything stays the same.
     
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    Well, we do know it keeps the army of bureaucrats who administer the myriad of handout programs in high cotton.
     
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    Now doesn't that thought just boll you over. :lol:
     
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    The Federal Government has enabled a Poverty Pimp industry in which vast number of people make a living by keeping millions dependent upon the government.

    Of course, what we call poverty now is not really poverty by historical standards. In the U.S., the poor are often obese, and own cars, refrigerators, flat screen tvs, cellphones, etc.

    The Real Povery is one of values - the traditional American values of self-reliance, strong work ethic, thrift etc.
     
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    Poverty breeds poverty. It takes money to make money. Lack of opportunity which results from poverty, leads to a lack of opportunity, like education, which leads to low-paying jobs, which again leads to lack of opportunity, perpetuating the cycle.

    Education is the answer. Making sure that even students in crumbling schools with inadequate teachers have the opportunity to learn the same things that more affluent students are afforded. We can't continue to keep passing along failing students just because it's convenient or because quotas need to be met. Only then will the cycle begin to end. It's going to take a serious effort by both the government and local communities comprised of private enterprises stepping up to the plate.
     
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    All that does is address the symptoms, rather than the root cause.
     
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    We spend nearly four times per pupil in inflation adjusted dollars on education than we did 50 years ago.

    Throwing more money at the education system is not the answer. The problem is one of values.
     
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    The root cause is philosophical, not that I harbor any illusion that you can comprehend this.
     
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    Fifty years and $8-$10 trillion and all we get are the same tired and empty platitudes.

    Talk about your perpetuating cycle of failure.
     

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