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Poverty Nonsense
Cybercast News Service, by Walter E. Williams

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Posted By:Maryland_Patriot, 10/16/2012 2:33:03 PM

Here's a recent statement frequently suggested by leftist academics, think tank researchers and policymakers: "People were not just struggling because of their personal deficiencies. There were structural factors at play. People weren't poor because they made bad decisions. They were poor because our society creates poverty." Who made that statement and where it was made is not important at all, but its corrosive effects on the minds of black people, particularly black youths, are devastating. There's nothing intellectually challenging or unusual about poverty.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: texaspast, 10/16/2012 2:52:21 PM     (No. 8937631)

The person that said that quote Dr. Williams doesn't attribute came from a Dr. Darity of Duke U., who thinks everyone should be guaranteed a $20,000 per year income, and $10,000 in benefits, including insurance and retirement package. All payable by the government, of course.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Photoonist, 10/16/2012 3:06:08 PM     (No. 8937679)

Our society creates wealth because it is set up to encourage it by rewarding work and innovation. It is the Democrats who have sought to continue and reward poverty.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: craige, 10/16/2012 3:08:56 PM     (No. 8937684)

Many in the US, think they are 'entitled' to a share of other people's income. Even Republicans seem to encourage this type of thinking.


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Reply 4 - Posted by: bobgray2, 10/16/2012 3:15:34 PM     (No. 8937709)

"People weren't poor because they made bad decisions. They were poor because our society creates poverty."

BS. Poverty is the default state of human beings, or the natural order, if you will. It is only through the determination, hard work, intelligence, good decisions, and sometimes luck, that we and our ancestors have shown, that has allowed us to rise above that natural level of poverty.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 10/16/2012 3:21:04 PM     (No. 8937725)

Many living in poverty today became that way in the last four years because of the decisions made by this administration, not their own poor decisions.

Why must poverty be synonymous with blacks ?
Blacks, who are more likely to receive assistance than single people and have far more disposable income (and electronics)than a senior citizen.

You do not have to be a rocket scientist to realize that remaining single and having children is the gold card of benefits. Stop rewarding them and watch birth rate decline.


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Reply 6 - Posted by: curious1, 10/16/2012 4:05:29 PM     (No. 8937849)

As #5 points out; you get the behavior you reward. Don't like poverty? Stop rewarding the behaviors that cause it. In other words, eliminate all government welfare programs. We're broke. We can't afford them. And they weren't given to the federal government as one of its duties in the limited powers document known as the constitution.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: saguni, 10/16/2012 9:02:32 PM     (No. 8938505)

Benjamin Franklin said, "The best way to help the poor is to make them uncomfortable in their poverty."

Most of today's government programs are focused on making poverty more comfortable.

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