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Poverty and the Poverty Rate

Cowboy Patriot, Buffalo, Wyoming, USA ∙ e-mail: comments@cowboypatriot.com


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"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not."

...Thomas Jefferson

The below excerpts are from "More Welfare, More Poverty" by Michael D. Tanner which appeared in the Charlotte Observer September 12, 2006.  See http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=6698 for full article.

"Clearly we are doing something wrong. Throwing money at the problem has neither reduced poverty nor made the poor self-sufficient. But government welfare programs have torn at the social fabric of the country and been a significant factor in increasing out-of-wedlock births with all of their attendant problems. They have weakened the work ethic and contributed to rising crime rates. Most tragically of all, the pathologies they engender have been passed on from parent to child, from generation to generation."

"Observers have known for a long time that the surest ways to stay out of poverty are to finish school; not get pregnant outside marriage; and get a job, any job, and stick with it. That means that if we wish to fight poverty, we must end those government policies—high taxes and regulatory excess—that inhibit growth and job creation. We must protect capital investment and give people the opportunity to start new businesses. We must reform our failed government school system to encourage competition and choice. We must encourage the poor to save and invest."

Many who live in poverty are reaping the sum total of their life choices.  There must be consequences for poor choices as with everything in life.

Placing people on government welfare dooms them to the least they can possibly be.  It is better to put people to work who are able to work and let them make a decent living.  With the country's diminishing work ethic, this may be a huge undertaking.