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Who is Responsible for the Poverty?

  1. jainismus profile image78
    jainismusposted 4 years ago

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    Why there is poverty in specific people while others are well to do people? Who are responsible for poverty - the poor people themselves, Government policies or the system?

    1. Druid Dude profile image60
      Druid Dudeposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      If everything was rationed there would be no poverty. If everybody shared, then all would have the same, but, a few rotten apples would even spoil that. The poor will always be with us...not the financially poor...the spiritually poor. As long as that is so, there will always be a ray of darkness in all of our light.

      1. rachellrobinson profile image83
        rachellrobinsonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        If everything was rationed then everyone would be equally poor.

        1. ptosis profile image81
          ptosisposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          I've heard that saying before - some sort of standard propaganda that says there is nothing we can do for the poor, the poor will always be with us. We are not talking rationing as if in WW1 - talking about more equality in money - that's totally different than what you said.

          and I know that is not true.

          I'm poor by USA standards, I'm the bottom 12% - but - I'm still the top 12% worldwide.
          Hypothetically speaking, say all the money in the US was divided evenly between all the people. Would we be rich? Poor? Middle-class?

          Here is a post from other forum:
          "pldenniso ...are we using M1, M2, M3? Are we talking about GDP? You're going to get different answers ..
          M1  = about  $5,000 each.
          M2  = around $21,000.
          M3  = about  $31,000.+ - http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/sho … p?t=130811

          Too bad with the national debt that every man, woman and child has a personal debt of $45,000!!!!!!!! And that is why USA is declining because it is the squeezing of the workers that is paying off the debt.

          Since an aging population of baby-boomers - Obama was forced to allow young (under 30) illegal aliens to have work permits in order to keep the US afloat for another generation.

    2. Eugene Hardy profile image61
      Eugene Hardyposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I think of poverty as a tsunami in which not everyone can out run.
      Some will out run this wave, even thrive, while others are too slow and are consumed by the wave.

      All people have a personal responsibility for their economic standing, but collectively as a species we are all responsible for the elimination or augmentation of poverty, which goes beyond government responsibility.

      1. Castlepaloma profile image22
        Castlepalomaposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Like the tsunami concept

        For most part, I have thrived, yes, Public servants are just people too, yet with the worst satisfying job

        1. Eugene Hardy profile image61
          Eugene Hardyposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          The curse of the poet a guess, but it is an appropriate example.

          For instance, before the housing bubble, the 'tsunami' was smaller or relatively unnoticeable.  When the bubble popped, more poverty was created not just by the lost of income for people, but the lost of property and investment itself in this country. 

          People simply could not out run the wave through no fault of their own.

          1. Castlepaloma profile image22
            Castlepalomaposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Most people have allow it to happen, this abuse can be turned around like all other abuses throughout human history. A balance can be worked on between the very rich and the poor, the greatest gap ever, greatest slavery ever, World economics speaking

            1. Eugene Hardy profile image61
              Eugene Hardyposted 4 years ago in reply to this

              We will to work on getting that balance right, because our situation is unstable.

    3. Vegas Elias profile image21
      Vegas Eliasposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      If I limit myself to poverty in India I am sure it is the result of the greed of the rich employers of India. They neither want to pay taxes honestly nor do they want to pay proper wages. Unless proper wages are paid the majority of the population will remain poor due to low purchasing power in their hands.

      1. Eugene Hardy profile image61
        Eugene Hardyposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        This is not a unrelated question.

        Question - What do you think of micro-businesses?

        The reason why I ask is that I think people in poverty must allowed to empower themselves out of poverty, because employers may not hire because of their bottom line, or pay a living wage.

        Part of reason we have poverty is because society is over dependent on corporate jobs.

        1. Castlepaloma profile image22
          Castlepalomaposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          agree

          1. Eugene Hardy profile image61
            Eugene Hardyposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            I think an indirect approach to eliminating poverty is to empower people to be their own businessperson, especially if they have the drive but lack the capital support.

            Corporatism, (Mega) however, stands in the way of that, because culturally when we think of employment, it is through a corporation or government.

            We have to break that dependence.

    4. prettydarkhorse profile image63
      prettydarkhorseposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I'd like to add that wealth is concentrated in one percent of population here in America. The economic disparity is wide and the top G 20 countries own almost three fourths of the worlds wealth.

      G20 members:

      Argentina
      Australia
      Brazil
      Canada
      China
      European Union
      France
      Germany
      India
      Indonesia
      Italy
      Japan
      Mexico
      Russia
      Saudi Arabia
      South Africa
      South Korea
      Turkey
      United Kingdom
      United States

      __________


      Born with those circumstances (like low economic status of family you have, low educational status and minimal opportunities) it is more difficult now to climb the ladder as they say. People are born into family statuses, wealth, but there is capacity for improvement.

      1. Castlepaloma profile image22
        Castlepalomaposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Is that not 3/4 of the worlds population too.

    5. mythbuster profile image84
      mythbusterposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I think we are all responsible for the existence of poverty.

      As well, many people consider poverty to be a financial problem... however, I believe it's a SOCIAL problem as well. Status and stigma are huge factors in North American situations of poverty but not much attention is given to correcting these issues and poverty is attacked mainly by throwing money at it where I'm at.

      If you throw money at someone in need who trickled down into poverty due to, say, mental health issues, the money won't help very much until the person in poverty is treated as a whole and complex person. If a person stays at poverty level in a shelter for more than about 15-60 days (depending on the resiliency of the person) due to these health issues, a person starts to "learn to be homeless" and starts rapidly losing other life skills because common life skills are not being used anymore and a different set of skills is needed at street level. It does NOT TAKE LONG to adopt survival skills and lose healthy life skills - and life skills don't just "bounce back" for most people on the first day they gain stable housing. This part of homelessness/poverty isn't a money problem... this is a social problem and an oppression problem involving restriction of healthy life resources and restrictions of healthy human relations/contact.

      I think we need to examine myths and truths surrounding poverty and all get our heads away from the problem as being mainly a financial problem.

      In the city I'm living in, 51% of people stuck in shelters are WORKING and do have jobs.

      I'm pretty sure this means we need to look deeper into the problem before we judge that poverty is about money or lack of it in my city.

      Wealthy people are part of the problem, poor people are part of the problem, government officials, landlords, police officers, storekeepers, media announcers, content producers, you name it - we're all part of the problem if we do not educate ourselves in more than one aspect of the complexities surrounding homelessness and poverty...and if we judge, too quickly, deciding that one or two step solutions will suffice for people living in situations of poverty.

      1. Eugene Hardy profile image61
        Eugene Hardyposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        I completely agree, it is more than a money problem and that everyone must get involved finding solutions.

    6. jacobmiltonhope profile image62
      jacobmiltonhopeposted 3 months ago in reply to this

      Actually, we could not blame on anyone that the person is responsible behind poverty. We can say the main reason is behind it that is Lack of Education. The people who are enduring poverty, they don't have idea to overcome this problem. However, they don't have sufficient money to getting high education or good level of education. But education is must to eradicate poverty.
      And more about Govt. Policy System, Govt. has not made any rule yet to solve out this problem. Even Govt. offers rations where people can get food commodity and other more things at lowest prices.

      So we can say that...a well education is only one solution to eradicate poverty.

      1. Kathryn L Hill profile image84
        Kathryn L Hillposted 3 months ago in reply to this

        not only a well-education but good habits: a certain amount of forward planning, thinking and aiming.
        For example, if you don't go to bed early you can't get up early. If you can't get up early the day is shot. Most employers want you there by nine. If that is impossible, you might be able to find work which starts in the afternoon. Even here, you have to plan ahead to make sure you go to bed before morning to get to get enough sleep by the afternoon. Sleep is everything in life! If you can't regulate your biorhythms and take control of your body, then I don't know what to tell you. Alcohol and drugs also makes it much harder to master your own body. You have to get enough nutrition and eat the right foods. You really have to be able to have self-mastery.

        For instance, Jennifer Anniston, the movie star, is doing current movies and keeping herself in really good shape for her age. How does she do it? She woks at it. Maybe she has a trainer and her own swimming pool, but she does not sit in front of a TV all day and she probably has many flat screens around the mansion.
             She could eat ice cream and bonbons, but she doesn't. She inspires herself to eat balanced meals and she makes sure not to over-eat. Self-discipline/motivation is what it takes. She easily could have become a has-been after her long run in Friends. But she chose not to and maintains her health, looks and skills to this day.
             She has strong intentions. She visualizes success, wealth and health. And enjoys the challenges her intentions bring her.
        I would surmise. smile

        1. jacobmiltonhope profile image62
          jacobmiltonhopeposted 3 months ago in reply to this

          Yes of course, I am agree with your answer that we should get up early in the morning and seize the day. But what are those endeavours that we should focus on and would really helpful to eradicate the poverty?
          Just asking... smile

        2. gmwilliams profile image81
          gmwilliamsposted 3 months ago in reply to this

          +1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000!

          1. Castlepaloma profile image22
            Castlepalomaposted 3 months ago in reply to this

            As long as the military intelligence and war budget is 10 times greater than the education budget and expanding under Trump's iron fist, along with the media controlling our minds. America education system will continue being run like a sewing machine factory and teach what to think rather than how to think for ourselves.

            I am waiting for America to blow themselves up so we all can rebuild the entire planet together without Trump's natural environment experience.

            Nobody will get me a + for this, I don't need lip service for approval for what is always already in action from my heart and soul.

    7. rhamson profile image77
      rhamsonposted 3 months ago in reply to this

      Yes!

      It is not easy for men to rise whose qualities are thwarted by poverty.  Juvenal (55 AD - 127 AD)

  2. tobey100 profile image61
    tobey100posted 4 years ago

    Most experts will point to lack of education as the root cause of poverty.  No one person or entity can be name responsible.  There are too many examples of people who should have remained in poverty climb out while others who should be well off fall into poverty.

    Everyone sharing sounds and is a wonderful idea, it just doesn't work.  Most humans are born with an inate sense of desired achievement.  I stands out strongest in children "I can do it myself".  Somewhere along the line we lose that sense due to outside sources.  If someone tells you enough times you can't do something, soo, you begin to believe them.

    Thomas Jefferson believe that social communism (though he didn't call it that) was the most perfect form of government for a society.  He also wrote there was only one inherent problem.  In order for it to work there had to be one supreme individual in command to make all decision as to equality and that man had only existed once on earth.  Jesus.  The next, best thing was a democratic republic.

    1. teaches12345 profile image93
      teaches12345posted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I agree with both answers above on this question.  Lack of education does keep many people from advancing due to qualifications and limited knowledge.  However, some have made it without the proper education to great heights.  I think that many people are born to be leaders, some teachers, doctors, etc.  But, I think the drive to succeed and achieve has to be there as well.  I do believe that we can be happy in whatever state we are in as long as we have a strong faith to balance us.

      1. tobey100 profile image61
        tobey100posted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Excellent post.  Amen!

  3. Cagsil profile image61
    Cagsilposted 4 years ago

    The individual.

    1. American View profile image61
      American Viewposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I agree. As I always say "this is the life we have chosen"

      1. ptosis profile image81
        ptosisposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Wait a minute - what about the folks who were innocent victims of a drunk driver and they end up disabled - & poor. Are you saying that when $H1t happens it's the person's own fault?

        That the depression in the 1930's happened because all at once, millions decided not to go to work and that there were jobs  galore vacancies all over the place.

        Plueaze.
        http://johngaltfla.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/depression-unemployment.jpg

        1. Eugene Hardy profile image61
          Eugene Hardyposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          I was wondering when someone would say it - thanks!

  4. rachellrobinson profile image83
    rachellrobinsonposted 4 years ago

    I personally believe in personal responsibility. If I am poor it is because of my own doing, I don't think it is up to the government to make sure I am not poor.

    1. Uninvited Writer profile image81
      Uninvited Writerposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Some people actually work 2 jobs and work 60 hours a week and are still poor. Partly due to minimum wage jobs with no benefits. When you are born poor it is not easy to get over that hurdle. Yes, some do it...but many more don't make it.

      1. Eugene Hardy profile image61
        Eugene Hardyposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        More true than most people liked to admit.

      2. rachellrobinson profile image83
        rachellrobinsonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        I work two jobs, my husband works full time, we aren't even considered middle class, but I still don't believe that it is up to Government to make sure that we are equal to anyone else.

        1. Cagsil profile image61
          Cagsilposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          The government's job on a state level(all states), is to ensure equality and equal rights. The Federal Government shouldn't even have a hand in it at all.

          1. rachellrobinson profile image83
            rachellrobinsonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            The proper role of government is to protect equal rights, not provide equal things. I have as much a right as anyone else at being rich, it is up to me to work hard and get there, not anyone else.

            1. Cagsil profile image61
              Cagsilposted 4 years ago in reply to this

              Equal access is a requirement. Equal access to resources, such as education for one. Access to state help if necessary if poor.

              It's not meant for people to live off of the state help. It was never intended for that purpose.
              No one is saying anything about you. You can do whatever it is you want to do within reason to obtain whatever goals you set. There are people out there that set no goals. They have no motivation.

              Just a thought.

        2. gmwilliams profile image81
          gmwilliamsposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Right-on!

  5. maxoxam41 profile image77
    maxoxam41posted 4 years ago

    In what way can we differentiate governments from systems? Without governments systems would remain ideologies. It is obvious to me that poverty comes from the systems applied by governments. It is no news that neither communism nor capitalism reduced the differential between the poor and the wealthy, but it is common knowledge that capitalism triggered poverty. I doubt that real communism was ever applied verbatim.
    Intelligence and right opportunities seemed to me the factors that propelled poverty. Personal enrichment as a result generated greed and exploitation of men. The growth of capital on one side, the increase of dependency on the other side were the right ingredients to keep the model as a recipe to maintain the disparities.

  6. ptosis profile image81
    ptosisposted 4 years ago

    the pyramid of the gini index where the majority have less $$$ put together then the top. (the system)
    http://s1.hubimg.com/u/6763260_f248.jpg

  7. SomewayOuttaHere profile image60
    SomewayOuttaHereposted 4 years ago

    at the OP...define poverty...me? i find it difficult to do..

    i run into this question at work sometimes....i work with low income families...but my question is what does that actually mean?  a family with very little resources and can't make ends meet; a family with assets and can't make ends meet; homeless families, etc. etc.

    and then, when i look outside of NA - poverty can look completely different ....no water, no health care, no social system, no access to education, etc etc

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      JaxsonRaineposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      We don't even know what the poverty rate is in the US, sadly.

      For instance, a family of 3 would be considered in poverty if they made less than $19,000 in a year. But, when the government calculates the rate, they don't take into account the value of food stamps, housing assistance, or the earned income tax credit, just to name a few.

      So, let's say a family of 3 in Arizona makes $16,000, which is slightly over minimum wage. They are counted as living in poverty.

      However, this family will get $4,000 back on their tax return because of the earned income tax credit. This brings their income to $20,000 for the year. So just from their taxes, this family is counted as living in poverty, although they don't, by definition, live in poverty.

      Secondly, this family is eligible to receive approximately $380/month in food stamp benefits. That is $4560 worth of food for a year. That brings total income up to $24,560, or 30% more than the poverty line, but this family is still counted as living in poverty.

      1. Eugene Hardy profile image61
        Eugene Hardyposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        But then again, there are expenses not counted that would bring down that income,like the costs of housing, the cost of transportation, the of looking for a job, out of pocket healthcare.

        There are others costs, sometimes economic and societal circumstances forces a family to move frequently, it is my belief that a family does better if they can maintain a household at one location for a period long enough to raise the kids to the point where the kids can get out on their own.  And if we are talking college there is the cost of education.

        When list reason why 'poverty' isn't necessarily 'poverty' it should be more balanced and realistic.

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          JaxsonRaineposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          All those costs are factored into the poverty line already. That's what makes the line what it is. The government says 'How much money does 1 person have to make to be able to reasonably provide basic necessities'.

          My point is that a family of 3 that makes up to 7,000-8,000 less than the poverty line actually makes more than the poverty line.

          1. Eugene Hardy profile image61
            Eugene Hardyposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            And the cost of living is the same everywhere?

            Are they the same, from state to state, country to country?

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              JaxsonRaineposted 4 years ago in reply to this

              No, they aren't the same from state to state. Each state has its own poverty line, I was simply using the US average.

              From country to country is irrelevant to my point, as my point was about the US, and my point stands. For any given poverty line in any given area, there are a large number of people who are counted as being under the poverty line even though they make more than the poverty line.

              1. Cagsil profile image61
                Cagsilposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                And you back this up? How exactly? Were you there when they compiled the statistics together?

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                  JaxsonRaineposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                  Did you see my previous post about it?

                  Census: http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/poverty/ … asure.html

                  "Noncash benefits (such as food stamps and housing subsidies) do not count."

                  So somebody who can't afford food is counted as living in poverty. If the government gives them money for food though, they are still counted as not having money for food.

                  "Before taxes"

                  This included refundable tax credits, like the earned income credit. If you make less than X dollars, but EIC puts you above X dollars, the government still says you make less than X dollars.

                  So for my example, a family of 3 that makes 16,000 would be in poverty since they are under the poverty line of 19,000. However, they get $4,000 per year from EIC and over $4,000 per year(if they want) from food stamps.

                  So really, you have a family of 3 that makes 24,000 that is counted as if they make under 19,000.

                  1. Cagsil profile image61
                    Cagsilposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                    lol lol

                    And, the above post is why I said it was "the individual" responsible for their own poverty.

      2. Castlepaloma profile image22
        Castlepalomaposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Since 50% of American people now are single head of households. I build mini off grid home on lease land for low wage people who can afford these units, where most can.t afford.

        Just one kind of solution, we are force to cut down our over population which is our greatest problem.

  8. peeples profile image88
    peeplesposted 4 years ago

    The person who is poor is responsible for their own out come.

    1. Castlepaloma profile image22
      Castlepalomaposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Yes, may the poor people force the very rich to pay their share towards taxes and healthy products

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        JaxsonRaineposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        You don't think the rich pay their fair share in taxes?

        1. Castlepaloma profile image22
          Castlepalomaposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Nope

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            JaxsonRaineposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Ok... what is fair?

            The bottom 50% pay less than 2%(and that doesn't include Earned Income Credit or Additional Child Tax Credit, both of which are refundable credits, meaning that many Americans pay a negative tax rate).

            The top 1% pay 24%.

            So, it's not 'fair' for the top 1% to pay a rate that is over 12 times higher than that of the bottom 50%?

            1. Cagsil profile image61
              Cagsilposted 4 years ago in reply to this

              This is BS. Pure and Unadulterated BS!

              100% of all citizens are Americans.

              20% of all citizens are Millionaires. Do all Millionaires pay 24%? Not likely. A Prime example: Warren Buffet only paid 17% versus 28% for his secretary.

              15% of all citizens are Homeless. These people are not even counted for taxes.

              15% of all citizens are living with a Poverty level of some sort.

              So, in essence, you're claiming that 50% pays less than 2% for taxes?

              I just don't see how you can claim that, considering 50% of the 100% left is pure middle class and the middle class PAYS more taxes than any other class.

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                JaxsonRaineposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                Right.

                Did I say all millionaires pay 24%? I said the top 1% pays 24%. Yes, there are some that pay more and some that pay less, but that's the average.

                17% is still more than the bottom 99% pay on average. Warren Buffet's secretary doesn't pay 28% either, unless she is purposefully not claiming deductions and exemptions, and even then the IRS usually corrects those errors automatically.

                Right, but they don't pay taxes, so how is it unfair that they pay nothing and the rich pay 24%?
                Yeah, kinda. I've already addressed this.

                In 2009 it was 1.85%.

                No, that's a complete lie. The middle class, making between 32,000 and 66,000 pay 12-15%.

                Worst case scenario, a Single person making 66,000 would owe 10,250 in taxes, or 15.5%. A married couple making 66,000 would owe 6,200, or 9.3%. Give them one dependent and they owe 4,645, or 7%. All of those calculations are with standard deductions... no extra deductions, exemptions, or credits.

                1. Cagsil profile image61
                  Cagsilposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                  lol lol You're too funny! lol lol Thank you for the laughs.

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                    JaxsonRaineposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                    So what, you don't care about the facts?

                    I can back up every one of those statements.

                    I can show you exactly what people pay in taxes at each pay level/household status.

                    Does the truth make you laugh uncomfortably?

            2. Castlepaloma profile image22
              Castlepalomaposted 4 years ago in reply to this

              Remember when most of us in the 70s had no debt and had good saving accounts, Then after 40 years of service those 90% persons of today are either dead or dead broke,

              In the 1970s a CEO make 25% higher than the average person , today CEO makes 375 time greater than the average person.

              Pus don't you think the rich mans lawyers and accountant play a great game of hide and seek?

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                JaxsonRaineposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                Funny thing is, the real compensation of employees in all groups has risen since the 70's. We do, however, have a much larger proliferation of personal debt, and that is the individual's fault. We have the mindset in America that, for some reason, you can't live without debt. It's just not true.

                I don't care if a CEO makes 300 times more than the average person. Good for him. I don't want to live in a country where the government limits opportunity, and that's not what America stands for.

                About playing hide and seek, some try it, but consider this. The IRS wants its money. They do everything they can to get their money. Most people that try to cheat get caught.

            3. Bob Zermop profile image91
              Bob Zermopposted 4 years ago in reply to this

              The reason behind this is in 2 parts.

              1.) The rich often have resources to loophole around taxes. (Overseas tax evasion, or just better resources to figure out the system.)

              2.) While the rich have surplus resources (so they have more options and freedom), the poor who live paycheck to paycheck do not have the ability to change their lives in any fashion.

              For these reasons and others, yeah I do believe the rich need to be taxed more than the poor. The exact numbers i'll leave to people more knowlegdable than me; I'm no economist.

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                JaxsonRaineposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                They are already taxed 14 times more than the poor. I say that is more than enough.

                It's the rich people who are footing the bill for millions of Americans that get thousands of dollars back on their returns from EIC every year. I'm grateful for them paying as much as they do, you shouldn't demonize them for 'only' paying 14 times more.

                1. Bob Zermop profile image91
                  Bob Zermopposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                  The 14 times more means nothing to me; like I said before, I'm no economist so I wouldn't know how that compares out relatively. But it doesn't seem to be enough, as many of the poor still do not have the means to even own a home or feed their families while some of the rich flaunt their wealth and surplus. I do not mean to demonize the rich; I know that many have worked hard for their well-deserved place in life. But with compassion, I think not many of the ultra-wealthy would really be opposed to giving more to society. I dislike having the government force it, but the government is meant to be the will of the people, though that right know only seems to be an ideal. If there's anything unclear about my post, I'm happy to clarify.

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                    JaxsonRaineposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                    It means that, while poor people pay, on average, $0.0185 per dollar they earn in taxes, the rich pay $0.24 per dollar they earn on taxes. 14 times more per dollar.

                    I don't think it is American to say the government should take from the rich and give to the poor.

                    If wealthy people want to donate, they can, and they do. Romney donated, what, $7 million to charity over the last two years. Yeah, he has a lot more, but I don't think anyone should demonize him for 'only' donating $3.5 million a year.

    2. Bob Zermop profile image91
      Bob Zermopposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Again this would be the case if the structure is fair. But does anyone really think that the current structure usually allows the American Dream?

      1. Cagsil profile image61
        Cagsilposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        No Equality doesn't exist in America. This has been proven time and time again. It's the politicians who claim Equality and Equal rights exists, but that's just inside their tiny little minds.

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        JaxsonRaineposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Yes, the American Dream is fully intact. Upward mobility in America is extremely high. More than half of Americans in the bottom 3 quintiles will move up a quintile over the course of a decade. I call that the American dream, if you can increase your income by $18,000-$20,000+ in a decade, I say that's progress.

        Funny thing too. The bottom quintile has an median number of income earners of 0. The next two quintiles have a median number of income earners of 1. The top two quintiles have a median number of income earners of 2. A lot of people work hard for their money, and they get rewarded for it.

        1. Cagsil profile image61
          Cagsilposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          WOW! Talk about blinders.
          If that's what you call progress, then it's weak at best.

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            JaxsonRaineposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Yeah, I guess you're right. Being able to start a job out of college at $30k and earn $50k after 10 years is weak...

            What do you want, everyone in America to make millions?

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            JaxsonRaineposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            80% of adults are better off than their parents were at the same age.

            That crappy American Dream at work again!

            http://www.pewstates.org/research/repor … 5899376379

      3. Eugene Hardy profile image61
        Eugene Hardyposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Not here.

      4. Bob Zermop profile image91
        Bob Zermopposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        America still is a great place, but we can always do better. The American Dream is a work in progress. It isn't truly alive until it's available to everyone; not even a majority is good enough. The country and the world have made a great deal of progress, but we do not have a utopia in the USA.

  9. Bob Zermop profile image91
    Bob Zermopposted 4 years ago

    If the socio-economic structure was fair, it would be the individual's fault. The structure is not fair. Once society is reformed to allow anyone a fair chance at climbing the ladder (better education system, better safety net, and others), only then can we start blaming individuals.

    1. Castlepaloma profile image22
      Castlepalomaposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Keep thinking that , mean while I'll be living off grid, healthy and wise.

      Climbing the ladder and stepping on others is not my game anymore.

      Working more for the poor than the rich, make me happier now, and in general  things will change themselves

    2. peeples profile image88
      peeplesposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Please tell me these people you are talking about who do not have a fair chance. Everyone here has a fair chance. Some choose not to use it. If we place more responsibility on ALL individuals the country will be better off.

      1. Cagsil profile image61
        Cagsilposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Actually, this statement would be incorrect. The Economic structure within America isn't a level playing field and never has been.
        And would that choice be made if they were slight more educated? or were raised differently?
        No my dear. It doesn't work that way. Placing responsibility on someone who is unprepared to handle it is stupidity in motion and only causes damage.

        You must be aware of what responsibilities are required to live life. Neglecting to do so is what makes one punish themselves for their individual position and causes a skewed perception of whatever understanding they have supposedly concluded.

        1. peeples profile image88
          peeplesposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          So you're saying some people are just too stupid to be responsible for their own lives? Who exactly is prepared to take responsibility for their own lives. Our choices are what make us or break us. Not the government.

          1. Cagsil profile image61
            Cagsilposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Government suggests so. Why else would government be in place aside from creating a society of supposedly like-minded people, which isn't the case as it stands and division with others?
            Actually, every person should be willing to take on all responsibilities of living in this world. How else can they be honest with themselves if they didn't?
            Government has it's role. It's main job is to keep the completely ignorant on a domestic and foreign level, out of other people's life, so safety/security(living without most fears of threats from others) can be obtained.

            Yes, choice are what make us or break us, but until people grow in awareness of their own actions, the method in which they are taken and why, they are not likely to do anything beneficial for themselves or other people. Thus, causing conflict constantly.

            Are you able to tell which of your actions are ego driven? and which ones are not?

            I can.

            It's just a thought.

            1. peeples profile image88
              peeplesposted 4 years ago in reply to this

              So ignorance is the issue when all is said and done.

              1. Cagsil profile image61
                Cagsilposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                More or less, yes.

                It's a catch-22 actually.

                The willful ignorant are people who purposely choose to be ignorant. They are so set in their ways, through up bringing or traditional ideology, that they remain closed-minded and narrow-minded to their own inability.

                These type of people are perfect for telling them what to do and it's exactly how the power and wealthy want to keep it.

                So, to fix the average person is to fight against the power and wealthy who rather control than compete.

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        JaxsonRaineposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Peeples, people(haha) don't want to take responsibility.

        Just the other day I was showing how a single person can work full-time at minimum wage and put themselves through college, without grants or scholarships or outside help. It just takes hard work.

        The final complaint to my example was 'they might just end up with a useless degree from a community college'. People who always complain will always complain. People who don't tend to make things better for themselves.

        1. peeples profile image88
          peeplesposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          I'm not sure if you know who the radio guy Dave Ramsey is but he needs to be president. He teaches people to do for themselves no matter what. I think we as a country tend to provide the wrong people with assistance leading to less and less people taking responsibility for their own choices.

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            JaxsonRaineposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Yes, I have tremendous respect for Dave Ramsey. I bought his book and have been living without credit since(and I was in quite a bit of trouble).

            The funny thing is, we could very easily have a country with no public debt. Basically, if we bring all expenditures down(slowly, to not bring about another recession) to what they were 5 years ago, we could afford them. We just have expenditures that are too high, and keep growing as fast as revenues. If we just catch up and get a little ahead first, then we can continue growing expenditures at the rate of revenues, and we will consistently have a surplus. Crazy!

            Personal responsibility is an amazing thing.

      3. Bob Zermop profile image91
        Bob Zermopposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Those who are born to homeless families and inner-city children do not have the same potential to have the same jobs as someone born from a wealthy family. I don't think anyone disagrees there. Keep compassion in mind for those born in more difficult circumstances; I am solidly a capitalist, but I recognize the difficulty of justice in a capitalist system. No, I don't think the system is fair. It is not equally easy for everyone to have the same quality of life. To suggest that is ridiculous.

  10. prettydarkhorse profile image63
    prettydarkhorseposted 4 years ago

    It must be a combination of many factors - prevailing economic system, policies, circumstances and the individual factor. The biggest factor in my opinion is the economic system!

    1. Bob Zermop profile image91
      Bob Zermopposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Completely agreed, prettydarkhorse. +1

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    JaxsonRaineposted 4 years ago

    Ok, 4 different hypothetical households at 3 income levels. $20,000/$50,000/$100,000

    Household 1 - Single person
    $20,000 income = $1,150 owed in taxes = 5.75% tax rate.
    $50,000 income = $6,250 owed in taxes = 12.5% tax rate.
    $100,000 income = $18,957 owed in taxes = 18.96% tax rate.

    Household 2 - Head of Household with 1 dependent.
    $20,000 income = $3,155 refund in taxes = -15.78% tax rate.
    $50,000 income = $3,508 owed in taxes = 7% tax rate.
    $100,000 income = $15,793 owed in taxes = 15.79% tax rate.

    Household 3 - Married with 0 dependents.
    $20,000 income = $100 owed in taxes = 0.5% tax rate.
    $50,000 income = $3,800 owed in taxes = 7.6% tax rate.
    $100,000 income = $12,500 owed in taxes = 12.5% tax rate.

    Household 4 - Married 1 dependent.
    $20,000 income = $4,094 refund in taxes = -20.4% tax rate.
    $50,000 income = $2,245 owed in taxes = 4.49% tax rate.
    $100,000 income = $10,575 owed in taxes = 10.58% tax rate.


    Standard deductions in all cases, so these are 'worst-case' scenarios for regular income for each family.

    Cagsil, do you still claim that the middle class pays the highest tax rates?



    Source: http://www.hrblock.com/free-tax-tips-ca … mator.html

    1. Cagsil profile image61
      Cagsilposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Interesting. Thank you.

      And this address who is responsible for poverty, how exactly? roll

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        JaxsonRaineposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        This is specifically is for you, because you said my numbers were blatantly BS.

        I just proved you wrong.

        Again, I stated the point for you(again) earlier. The point is that the 'high tax rates for the poor and middle class' and 'low tax rates for the rich' are not to blame for poverty in the US.

      2. Bob Zermop profile image91
        Bob Zermopposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        They are still kind of to blame. I posted above the two reasons why, and the proof that they are to blame is that the social ladder isn't working well enough.  Based on the state of the economy and the jobs market, it's clear that the American Dream isn't sustainable by individual donations, which you mentioned above. So the debate is still between the left and right ideology and bases.

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        JaxsonRaineposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Oh Cagsil...

        I love your tactics. Come into a thread, say that something I said is wrong, make your own statement with no source, and when I prove you wrong, just call it all irrelevant anyway and make smilie faces...

        1. Castlepaloma profile image22
          Castlepalomaposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          JaxsonRaine

          $100,000 a year dose not almost seem middle class anymore
          In Vancouver Canada an average house cost 1/2 million dollars add on mortgage and running cost, it's comes to 1 1/2 millions dollars. The Homelessness has tripled every two year and Vancouver promote itself as the best place on earth. 

          For most people, the house owns you and the bank owns you, your job owns you and the 2% rich  owns most of you. That is2% rich has brought and sold the government a long time ago too and owns most people.

          I can't be owned, not by God, not by Government(living off grid) not by you or I can't even be own myself. You see, I am fearless, free and that's awesome

          Still the facts are most of us in the 70s had no debt and had good saving accounts, after 40 years later, the service those 90% persons of today are either dead or dead broke, how would explain that?

 
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