Homeless girl National Science Semi-Finalist - is helping her "socialism"?

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    Homeless whiz kid will get a new home - Technology & science - Science

    BRENTWOOD, N.Y. — Samantha Garvey and her family had been living in a Long Island shelter for several days when they got word that the 17-year-old aspiring marine biologist made it to the semifinals of the prestigious national Intel science competition.

    Now, with donations coming in and the county finding them rent-subsidized housing, she'll again be able to do her homework in a home of her own.

    Evicted on New Year's Eve the Brentwood High School senior, who has applied to Yale and Brown universities, was evicted along with her family from their home on New Year's Eve. Her mother, Olga, a nurse's assistant, was out of work for eight months following a car accident in February. Her father, Leo, could not keep up with the bills alone on his salary as a cab driver.

    Once sponsored by Westinghouse, the Society for Science and the Public has been running the competition since 1942. Over the decades, contest finalists have gone on to some of the greatest achievements in science. Seven have won a Nobel Prize.

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    I'm pretty sure Republicans would call helping this girl "socialism of the worst sort". What do you think? Is this "socialism"?
     
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    There's a difference between Socialism and being socially responsible.
     
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    Yes, there is. But rdean won't know what it is.
     
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    Educate me. Please explain the difference.
     
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    Yes, please spell it out. I'm all ears.
     
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    Social Responsibility is an ethics based ideology that an individual is obliged to act in a wat that benefits society.

    Socialism is based on common ownership for the good of the whole.

    I believe strongly in social responsibility and act accordingly - by choice.

    Socialism removes my choice and forces me to do what other people decide is in the common interest.
     
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    Please clarify one point.

    The "good of the whole"? Is a "way that benefits society" different? Because you are only talking about "part of society" and not the "whole society"? So which part of society is "worthy" and which part "isn't"?
     
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    Why do we have a social responsibility to provide this girl, and her family I would point out, a home?
     
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    Isn't this girl just an insult to the poverty pimps? Here she is, homeless, no money, yet, she is still an achiever. No one had to redistribute anything to her. She never got paid for doing nothing. Never demanded better grades than she deserved.

    Someday she will be a wealthy woman and the poverty pimps will STILL tell her that she got everything handed to her because her daddy was rich.
     
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    Well, it does look as if she is being helped out.

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTwpBLzxe4U]Craig T. Nelson on Government Aid - YouTube[/ame]
     

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