How To Solve Poverty

America's Education of Citizens Is Key To Poverty Elimination!

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A First Step To Solve Poverty Is Education!

Should this be your first visit to one of my hubs, then I would highly suggest you read my profile and get a feel for the way I talk, and why. The importance of understanding poverty is presently at an extreme and to many, it is a misconception or deception purported by those who already know how to stay away from poverty.

Should you be thinking that poverty cannot be solved, then it would be you who has a limited knowledge and understanding about life. Yes, you apparently are missing something, but have no fear, you will be well advised before you are done reading. Should you be thinking that you really do not have a need for the information contained within this hub, please try to refrain your beliefs, so as to see the logic and reasoning demonstrated.

Learning, Knowledge Equals Education! There are a lot of people who believe learning is key to making our own way in life. The truth be told, it is your imagination that is the driving force for you learning. Once you begin to learn, it is knowledge that you gain. Thus, an education. The main problem is what kind of education are the children receiving?

In the United States of America, many groups advocate for a variety of things. The special interests groups are not helping either, because sometimes they are on the same side, which makes them all the more dangerous.

You have to worry about the "lobbyists" of the majority of the wealth holders to contend with too. And, again, if these people are on the same side as the other two- there is not anything anyone can do to stop them. Cheaters, liars are some you need to learn to notice.

Why? Because, they are the majority at that point and according to the rules - the Majority rules. So, that means, the people who are not associated with any group or lobby is screwed.

Who are these people? Well, to be exact and as precise as possible, these people believe it or not, represent the Top 20% of Americans, which also happens to be, the educated elite and wealth creators.

This simply proves who is in control. There cannot be any doubt about it. If you have to...do the math. But, please make sure you have all the facts and understand what those facts represent. To give you an idea, think about it- 13.5% are homeless and 13.2% live in poverty. Roughly 20% of American are considered "Millionaire" status. As I said, roughly. Now, take in account that 1/2 of all citizens are registered voters and half do not vote.

The people who have a registered affiliation with some charity, non-profit organization or some advocate/special interests/lobbyists, consist of the educated elite, simply because they have the money to supply these organizations, so they can manipulate politicians. When studies are done and opinion polls are completed. These groups begin the offensive attack, so as to carve up America, and push policies that are not in the best interests of citizens. The simple fact- that 50% or more people would rather work a job than own a business. That is appalling, it shows the dramatic decline of imagination and education.

Poverty can be solved! People come to America, to chase down the American Dream and all it has to offer. The citizens who are born American, have been routinely drummed into believing things are the way they are and are correct. This is absurd!

The main reason for poverty is because people lack the knowledge, that reinforces their dreams or imagination. When I was a kid, I always wanted to own a business and deliver a product to every citizen in America. Yes, 100% all citizens. The problem is that the company would be considered a monopoly and then face Federal charges.

However, I digress. Poverty is caused because someone has not learned something and that something is how to earn money? Yes, how to earn money is their problem. There are some who deal in illegal substances and stolen parts(including organ trafficking), and they do this because the money is so good, even if jail is possibility.

People are going out of their way to earn money, in whatever fashion, possible and it is completely disrupting the nature of life. Some people want money to disappear? or go away. This is not even remotely possible, given the situation presently.

More people need to realize that jail really is not worth the trouble, when a legal system for earning is available, as long as, one is willing to learn about it. Those who work jobs that they hate, do so, because they have no other choice or cannot see what other choices they do have. Millions of people go to work every day, angry with their boss or superior, and dread walking in the door. Their job does nothing to stimulate their learning or allow them to gain anything new.

It is a damn shame that many jobs have become departmentalized dead-end, non-money making positions. You routinely go in and do the same thing over again, there is no growth out of your position. It is not meant to have a direct impact on profits, but does have an indirect effect on profits.

The poverty problem, like I said earlier, is just a lack of knowledge. There are plenty of people who simply do not have the knowledge they need or require, to progress forward. There are some people who have addiction problems, and ended up homeless, because they were most likely not brought up properly. This is attributed to many different factors, but most of all family.

You are part of the answer to solving poverty! Most of the time, people would rather not help out others. Why? Because, they would rather not see that person, possibly, do better than themselves. It is the same methodology a lot of employers use, upon hiring people.

They do not want to teach you anything, because then you will use what you learn against them and possibly work for someone else. That is why there are so many departmentalized dead-end jobs created for people.

It is meant to keep you in check and under a matter of control. The poverty problem has been going for a great many centuries and identified as a hugely growing problem. To be sure of one thing, the educated elite, the people who are so full of themselves and wants to control others is the other factors involved.

To give you and everyone else an opportunity to strive and make progress, we together must apply a new method of thinking to our problems. Poverty happens and will continue to happen, because people need to learn self-responsibility, how to create wealth(besides working a job) and how to show others to do the same. Ending poverty- People helping people, teaching and learning from each other.

Thank you for your time.

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IntimatEvolution 6 years ago from Columbia, MO USA

You absolutely correct, it is our own imagination that is the driving force for you learning.

Loved the hub!


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Cagsil 6 years ago from USA or America Author

Thank you very much IE. Glad you liked it. It has been one of the hubs I have been working on, because it is such a controversial topic. Many different perspectives and claims that poverty cannot be solved. It can be eliminated, not immediately or even over 10-20 years, but longer term it could be. Always nice to see you and thank you for the comment.


kimberlyslyrics 6 years ago

No doubt do you just know a great deal but also know a lot of what makes sense. Thanks for another great read

Kimberly


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Cagsil 6 years ago from USA or America Author

Thank you very much Kimberly. I am glad you enjoyed it. It took awhile to put it together, but finally finished it. There could have been more, but that would distract from the underlying cause, which is learning. I am always grateful for your comments and reading. Again, Thank you. :)


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saddlerider1 6 years ago

It's so sad to see the poverty that exists in our world and you are right it has been around for a long long time. How do we stamp it out? There are so many good people helping the less fortunate and many of them are amongst the rich. Help is given to the impoverished by the rich, middle class and the poor themselves. I try never to walk by a desperate person without digging into my pockets for loose change, I know that I could be that person begging in the streets. The powers of governments are to blame for poverty, they could eliminate it, but choose not to. They are more interested in elimination of the poor and many do it in a murderous fashion. I hope Cagsil that change will come and the less fortunate of our world will be saved. I hold my breath with uncertainty. Thanks for the share, I give this hub a BIG up.


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Cagsil 6 years ago from USA or America Author

Thank you saddlerider1. I am very happy you enjoyed the hub. It is NOT the government's job to eliminate poverty, and to think it is, is foolish, because of the methodology for creating wealth. To create wealth, one must have an active imagination that which drives them to learn more. Thus, the ability to learn the path out of poverty. It would be better if more educational tools were available and that the schooling system was actually supported, in the manner, in which is beneficial to those who attend.

It is obvious, that many of the educated elite go to extreme measures, to show that they want to help, but really are only throwing good money after bad, because of the existing non-profit/charitable organizations are presently doing things. These companies are not helping, but only giving off the appearance of helping.

Thank you for your time, I do appreciate your reading and commenting. :)


ralwus 6 years ago

Ahh, but Ray, I could not feel superior if there were no poor. All great points, kudos.


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Cagsil 6 years ago from USA or America Author

Ahh, but Ralwus, why should anyone feel superior to others. That in itself, show egos need to be checked. The fact that one would find themselves superior, for whatever reason, is just a prime example of an ego gone mad. LOL! Thank you for taking time to read my hub and leave a comment. It is greatly appreciated. :)


customastrocharts 6 years ago

This is excellent, I am glad you have an understanding of the root of poverty. Some people just do not get it!


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Cagsil 6 years ago from USA or America Author

Thank you customastrocharts. I am working initiatives, which when implemented will help fund a variety of different sources, to help enhance the resources that people can use. I am not quite ready yet, but am still working on it. :) Thank you for reading my hub and leaving a comment. :)


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Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

How true! We need to do it ourselves and education is the key - you're so right - we need to learn how to make money and realise that money is not a dirty word not when it allows you to live with dignity.


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Cagsil 6 years ago from USA or America Author

I am glad you agree Shalini Kagal. Money is not a dirty word and the manner in which it is needed, it should be considered vital, if not down-right a necessity of life, which happens to be the actual case. Many refuse to see it, but are willing to work a dead-end job or even two of them, just to get by. They have stopped using their imagination, because they have become prone to the easy way, let someone else do it, type of mentality. When we stop learning, we stop caring about ourselves. If we cannot care about ourselves, how are we expected to care about others? It is a nasty cycle that needs to be broken. Only learning how to achieve what we imagine is being missed, because people do not know what they need. Programmed into submission. Thank you so much for your comment and visit. :)


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entertianmentplus 6 years ago from United States

You hit it on the head with this hub.Thanks for the insights.


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Cagsil 6 years ago from USA or America Author

Thank you very much entertianmentplus. I am very glad you liked it and agree. It was my pleasure to write it and let people know what I have discovered. I appreciate your visit and comment. :)


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_cheryl_ 6 years ago from California

Great hub Cagsil. I truly believe that the best way out of poverty is self responsibility first. Without it, there's no other mentality to have in order to learn further in order to educate oneself towards a rewarding future. Great read! =)


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Cagsil 6 years ago from USA or America Author

Hey Cheryl, most of the time self-responsibility is only a portion of it, but then again, self-responsibility can cover quite a bit of stuff and different aspects of life. There are many reasons for poverty, but the underlying problem is what is not being addressed. Thank you very much for reading and leaving a comment. Nice to see you. :) I am glad and appreciate that you enjoyed it. :)


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mythbuster 6 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

Interesting arguments about the condition of poverty, Cagsil. I will think on these for a bit, under your request to: "please try to refrain your beliefs, so as to see the logic and reasoning demonstrated." I do see where your arguments fit into the overall picture of poverty and why it exists...again, I will think on these arguments a bit and see if your logic and reasoning change anything in my point of view over the next few days. (I work actively with the poor and am in contact with the severely impoverished almost every day...)


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valeriebelew 6 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

Without regulation, capitalism grants the opportunity for the wealthy to keep getting more and more powerful, while the poor become more and more helpless, almost to the point of slavery. I see working at Wal-mart, or any of the same type jobs in which large organizations work people for minimum wage with no benefits, while those at the top live like kings, as the same as slavery.

The United States has gotten to the point in history, at which capitalism has began to destroy hope in the majority of the people, because you have to already be rich, here, to improve your financial condition. The amazing fact is that many who are extremely poor believe the lies they are told by those who benefit from their desperation, and behave as if capitalism without regulation were God ordained.

Some of us are mavericks who refuse to work at places like Wal-mart or Burger King, in spite of the economy, but the going is tough. And being educated does not help in our present economy, as many,like myself, have a Master's Degree, or higher, and have lost employment opportunities due to the recession. I can barely pay my own bills, and sometimes struggle with doing that much. You refer to the "Educated Elite," but it is not about education, from what my life has shown me. It is about how much money your daddy had, and how much wealth your family has accumulated, because wealth is power, and power begets power. Those in power will always take care of themselves at the expense of others. You are correct, that too many people accept working on a little job for somebody else, and do not attempt to create their own business; however, the present capitalistic condition in America, makes it very difficult to do that these days. Big Insurance, and Wall Street, need to be regulated and taxed in order to enable the little man to have the opportunity to acquire a better life. I do not advocate socialism, but regulated and controlled capitalism, in which the pursuit of happiness becomes once again possible. Good hub with very good thinking. (: v Thumbs up for this one.


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Cagsil 6 years ago from USA or America Author

Hey Mythbuster, you are more than welcome to chew on any and all of it, because teaching people is the most important thing, besides letting the use their imagination to find their own dream that they want to make a reality. In the end, it is the people(smarter ones), who should be out and about teaching the others, what tools are needed. That is really my point and your comments, seem to patronize my words, by you repeating "logic and reason" of my words.

It is fairly simple, teach them, give them the knowledge, so they can get out of poverty, show them how to apply that knowledge and you will watch as society poverty level drops.


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Cagsil 6 years ago from USA or America Author

Hey Valerie, when it comes socialism and capitalism, and which is better for America, then I would choose capitalism, because socialism really isn't good for developing, it is used just a control feature. As for the rest of your comment, all I can say is read more of my hubs....why? Because, you will find that I have covered many different bases, and one of those bases is Joblessness???? This problem is still spreading and can be fixed, with the right imagination, learnt knowledge and help from others.


Home Girl 6 years ago

I came to Canada in 1992 with my family from dying socialist world of my old and still beloved country.It took me some time to realize that from my point of view there was no education as I understand it in public schools in Canada! Just babysitting!I do not know about it right now. I hope it's changing to the better, I hope. With that system of "education" most kids will grow ignorant and half illiterate and worst - incapable to support themselves in life as they do not have skills to do that! School has to set the example and teach the basics, it's not about fun, it's about hard work! Work for your future!


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Cagsil 6 years ago from USA or America Author

Hey Home Girl, very nice to see you again and I would agree, it is the education of the young that is important, in order, to change the path and make it right. It is a shame that school classroom have turned out to be "babysitting" type arrangement and should not have happened, but did because people refuse to get involved or take action.

Those who use their imagination, while they learn and gain knowledge, is the future tools that should lead society, however, as it stands presently, it is not happening. Thank you very much for visiting, reading and commenting. Greatly appreciated as always. :)


kimberlyslyrics 6 years ago

Just read this on the upper comment and thought it was brilliant

Thank you'

Those who use their imagination, while they learn and gain knowledge, is the future tools that should lead society, however, as it stands presently, it is not happening.


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Cagsil 6 years ago from USA or America Author

Hey Kimberly, Thank you for visiting and commenting. I am glad you liked it and I appreciate your kind words, as always. It is always a pleasure to you out hubbing around. :)


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SomewayOuttaHere 6 years ago from TheGreatGigInTheSky

read this hub - interested in what you had to say. going to read it again. Poverty is one of my topics of interest btw.


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Cagsil 6 years ago from USA or America Author

Thank you very much SomewayOuttaHere. I'm glad you found it interesting to read. It was my pleasure to present it. :)


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EnergyAdvisor 6 years ago from The nearest planet to Venus

I really enjoyed reading this hub. Saw you on twitter and shared it.

As you were saying in another comment "It is fairly simple, teach them, give them the knowledge, so they can get out of poverty, show them how to apply that knowledge and you will watch as society poverty level drops." I totally agree on that.


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Cagsil 6 years ago from USA or America Author

Thank you EnergyAdvisor. I'm very happy to hear you enjoyed the hub. I also want to thank you for sharing it. Teach others is the basis for the elimination and should be a priority, but the educate elite would want to control others refuse to address the problem, because an educated person cannot be controlled or manipulated as easily. I appreciate your kind words and comment. Thank you again. :)


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Lita C. Malicdem 6 years ago from Philippines

Poverty is a universal problem, which no human in the whole universe is able to deal with, without the right personal drive to break through. That's right, Cagsil! The reason why poverty is never alleviated in poverty-stricken nations is because people wait for others to do something for them and worst is that those who try to solve it(those in government)haven't experienced being poor.


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Cagsil 6 years ago from USA or America Author

Thank you Lita C. Malicdem. Those in government haven't experienced, which is true, but what many people fail to realize that those same people continue to maintain a "status quo" which never fixes the problem. Others wait for the help they require, because they are part of the crowd who doesn't know any better. If they knew better then they would not be in poverty to begin with. I appreciate your comment and reading my hub. Thank you again. :)


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jdaviswrites 6 years ago from California

Awesome hub. If you don't already, a great person to know is Nobel Peace prize winner Muhammad Yunus. He's written a few books about solving poverty and has established numerous organizations including a Bank for the Poor, which gives out micro-loans to people that normally would be too poor to qualify for a loan...etc.

Keep up the good work and check out the book!


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Cagsil 6 years ago from USA or America Author

Hey jdaviswrites, I'm very grateful for your compliment. Actually, I know who he is and have watched an interview with him about his work. Solving poverty by making loans to the poor, isn't quite what I would think would be the solution, but education is more vital and a key role. I know what you mean and I get what he is trying to do, but there is a lot more to it than just micro-loans. But, I'll check into the book you talked about. Thank you for your comment and reading of my hub. I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)


C.C. 5 years ago

Apparently I'm a little late in reading this. I found it wonderful though. I've never come across another human being with such similar ideals and thoughts as myself. I believe that you are dead on in what you say, but maybe you should elaborate. For all those out there who lack the imagination to succeed, how do they obtain it? Is it something you're only born with? I believe it's something that you can be opened to, not something that can be taught, but something that can be found. What do you think?


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Cagsil 5 years ago from USA or America Author

Thank you C.C. There is a lot of this hub that could use a little elaboration, such as teaching children money, the power it can have and the residual requirement for creating wealth. There are other things such as character, and many other aspects that have a factor. However, I've laid out many of the obstacles one faces and explained how to get around them. As for is it something we are born with? No. It must be taught and realized by oneself. Yes, people have to be open to learning and self improvement. So, I greatly appreciate your comment and glad you enjoyed the read. :) Many Thanks. :)


C.C. 5 years ago

Hey Cagsil, thanks for writing me back. I'm busy writing an essay comparing wealth and poverty and the advantages of both. Over the past few days I've been thinking quite a bit about your hub and had a few off topic questions if you don't mind?


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Cagsil 5 years ago from USA or America Author

Hey C.C., you're more than welcome to discuss anything you want, even off topic. However, please realize that almost anything you're about to question, is going to be tied into Poverty and why it happens, in some manner. As for your essay on comparing wealth to poverty, and the advantages of both, I'm sorry to report but poverty brings nothing of any advantage. But, please ask your questions and I'll do my best to see what I can do. :) Thank you again very much. :)


C.C. 5 years ago

My questions are fairly simple, they're more personal than anything else. I was mostly curious about your train of thought, how you came about believing what you do, and what research you've done to give you such conviction/certainty in these things. As far as the advantages of poverty, I do believe there are a few. I've lived with nothing and have truly known what it means to be "poor" in the worldly sense, and to be honest, it taught me quite a bit. Do I ever want to go through those things again? Absolutely not. But I am glad that I did. Without it, I wouldn't be who I am today, because those early life lessons have shaped the wonderful future that I am now living.


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Cagsil 5 years ago from USA or America Author

Hey C.C., for many years I've investigated "why" poverty happens and yes I realize certain life lessons can be learned from living within poverty, but I don't see it as an advantage. The experience and value, can teach specific things, but without any understanding of it's "why" it happens, people cannot get themselves out of it. Some people believe, which I do not, that being happy with what you have, should be all that is required. However, that leads one to become stagnate in their life, because they are content with their life. Thus, this leads to no self improvement. The fact that my train of thought comes from knowing that education, learning and knowledge(all of these things are not the same) is very important to how one lives their life. If a person stops themselves from learning, then they will never grant themselves the power to control their life. Thus, they are required to live their life through the means of other people. I'm not doubting what you've learned from your experience of poverty, and mine is quite different, considering I am still living in poverty, as we speak. I continue to push my learning curve, so as to improve my own situation and I know my education and the method in which I apply what I gained, is also important. Many people fail to ever learn to either improve upon themselves or understand wealth creation's basic need, and that would be a residual income. I can understand how you learn your life lessons, but the struggle you had, doesn't necessarily need to happen for every person, even though, it does happen for most, for which, most never get out of poverty. Many of the factors I learned by investigating poverty and what it takes to get out of it, is about understanding that specific things are controlled by others and the path around those people is what is important and very necessary to find. It is different for each person. I hope I answered your questions satisfactorily. Thank you again. :)


FreeBird 1 5 years ago

We have became a spoiled nation.Our forefathers were hungry as host of the world today.If it can't be done on a computer the youth of today are not interested.I asked a 14 year old how he was doing in school.He said he was failing.But that that didn't matter,That he was going to collect disability anyway.His eleven year old sister began to tell me how to tell the doctors what symptoms you have for each condition.But where I have lived here.Its a way of life.And has been for generations.


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Cagsil 5 years ago from USA or America Author

Hey Free Bird, a lot of different Nations around the world have become spoiled in a sense. The only way to make an effective change is make people recognize the path out of poverty. Get them to see, it can be done and it doesn't have to be difficult. It's pretty bad when a 14 year old has plans on receiving disability. It's absurd. I also realize in many Nations it has been the same for generations, but in order to bring about any sort of change, it takes someone to start a chain of events, which send ripples through society. The question is- Are YOU someone who can make that sort of change come about? If not, you might want to ask yourself why not? Thank you for your time and I appreciate you reading, and commenting. Nice to see you again. :)


FreeBird 1 5 years ago

This is just 1 example of the majority around here.It has been about a year sense this happened.At the time I started laughing at him.He had told me about the car he liked,and a pretty girl friend.So as I was laughing,I said ya There's going to be a real beauty come by in a corvet just wanting a check collector such as you're self.And then started laughing real hard.Told him with that attitude all he had to look forward to was what his uncle mike ended up as.I don't know if it had any impact but his grades has improved along with his attitude.And talking about the military service now.2 weeks ago I had bought a $100 dollars on fishing gear for another who has had a rough go of it,And dropped out of school a few years ago.His jaw dropped when I handed it to him in the store.I told him he owed me nothing if he didn't stop until he got his GED.He also is talking about the service now.Now I haft to deal with the pill sniff-en hes doing.1 step at a time I guess.


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Cagsil 5 years ago from USA or America Author

Thank you for coming back to clarify what you have done. And, yes it is one step at a time. To rush it any faster, would be damaging. But, I am glad to hear that you've made an impact on other people's life. Thumbs up for that. :)


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Dan90017 5 years ago from Los Angeles, California

Voted up. Knowledge is power! Also I just wanted to point out that there are a lot of great comments here. It is just sad though that many states/counties are getting their education budgets lowered...


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Cagsil 5 years ago from USA or America Author

Thank you Dan90017 for reading and commenting. I appreciate the vote up too. Knowledge is power is true, but unfortunately our representatives in both The Senate and The House of Representatives are ridiculous and continue to diminish the funding need to create an educated society. The Education Budget of states has been shrinking for a long time and it's time to put an end to it, otherwise, the only thing that is going to happen is that we are going to have more homeless than we do have working class. Thank you again. :)


Maezoom 4 years ago

Great...


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Cagsil 4 years ago from USA or America Author

Thank you Maezoom. I appreciate you reading and leaving a comment.


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Cagsil 4 years ago from USA or America Author

Thank you ramboruiz for reading and commenting. It seems like the education system around the globe is no better than the education system here in America. It's sad to hear that poverty in the Philippines is like breathing. It is continuing to grow here in America.


moladi 4 years ago

Good read - We @moladi fight poverty through housing and skills transfer - Train/educate the unemployed to build for the homeless moladi.net


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Cagsil 4 years ago from USA or America Author

Thank you moladi for the compliment. I appreciate you reading and commenting. I'm also glad to hear that you are help the poverty stricken and the homeless. It's a good thing. :) Continue on and good things will happen from it. :)


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tirelesstraveler 4 years ago from California

Rousing good article. Have you heard of Rich Dad, Poor Dad? You sound somewhat like his philosophy.


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Cagsil 4 years ago from USA or America Author

Hey Tirelesstraveler, I'm glad you liked it. :) And, no I have not heard of Rich Dad, Poor Dad. This hub touches on the one primary problem with poverty. It identifies the lowest common component- a lack of knowledge. Since it's a lack of knowledge, then it's also a lack of self responsibility. We, humans, are to be responsible for all aspects of our lives, not just some.

As the hub states, it's not a level playing field and there are quite a few heavy hitters swinging for a homerun. :/ Thank you for reading and commenting. Much appreciated. :)


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tirelesstraveler 4 years ago from California

"Rich Dad, Poor Dad" addresses how to level the playing field.

I think we agree that mind set is the way to reduce poverty. Education, not schooling makes the difference. I was the college grad when I got married, but my husband, through his reading was the educated one.


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Cagsil 4 years ago from USA or America Author

I understand. I'll have to look into it and see what it says. Thank you again. :)


Deb Welch 4 years ago

This Hub was right on and very informative and useful. Education, a skill or trade, business sense with common sense, being in the right place at the right time all contribute to making it in this world as far as earning Bucks$$ - plus many other factors as you have covered. Yet - Jesus said - "The poor will always be with us", and that's a given for how we treat those less fortunate and how rich we are inside. I have been middle class, poor, lower middle class but not rich but wealthy in other aspects not according to this business world. Everyone's values are different especially in these final days. I have never been materialistic and really don't want to reach heights in an earning capacity or set-the-world-on-fire.

I am actually happy in the middle. I had thought about starting a small mini-kiosk business but then I could not come up with what? There is so much involved with even a tiny business - that it can even overwhelm the novice. Voted Up. Useful, Awesome and Interesting.


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Cagsil 4 years ago from USA or America Author

Thank you Deb Welch for reading and commenting. I appreciate the compliments, vote up and marks. :)


ghhhhhhdhhhhhhgggghhhddd 2 years ago

Good article filled with important facts but is anyone who left a comment actually doing anything about poverty. Help South Africa.


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Cagsil 2 years ago from USA or America Author

Thank you for the comment and read, as well as, the compliment. And, I am unsure if there's anyone doing anything about poverty directly. However, there are plenty of HubPages writers who are attempting to pass along knowledge which is the first step in fighting poverty. The more educated a person is then the less likely they will be living in poverty.


Sanxuary 2 years ago

You can never solve poverty, because its created by rich people. Did anyone lower then the rich get bailed out and do you really think they are going to pay that 17 trillion dollar bill? The stimulus is still being paid daily and the stock market loves it. Is anyone but the rich who can own stock feeling the stimulus. I get it that there are a few poor bums who can blame themselves for their poverty. None the less the majority of so called poor people are the result of failed Government monetary policies and a complete corrupt and legalized crime syndicate known as greedy bankers and brokers. We are still all waiting for their judgment day to get here.


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Cagsil 2 years ago from USA or America Author

Everyone has their own opinions on the topic. I appreciate you taking the time to read my article and comment. Have a great day!


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Jean Bakula 2 years ago from New Jersey

This is so true. I have had many jobs in my life. Often the person or persons who train you are intimidated by you, or are afraid if they teach you too well, you will do better at the job than they do. It's just a power play, but it hurts everyone, because nobody is finding innovative ways to improve the company, it's all based on fear and holding on to a dead end job that bores you to tears. You need to be able to speak out and add your good ideas, but can't, if whoever is teaching you is leaving out large parts of the information you need.


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Cagsil 2 years ago from USA or America Author

Thank you Jean Bakula for reading and posting a comment. I'm grateful for your time.


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moneymindit 2 years ago from California

Awesome article!

MM


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Cagsil 2 years ago from USA or America Author

Thank you very much Moneymindit for reading and commenting. I'm grateful for the compliment as well. :)


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TakingBackAmerica 2 years ago from Land of the Free, Home of the Brave

Here's a recent article from Thomas Sowell that addresses the problem of poverty in our society.

http://www.gopusa.com/commentary/2014/09/11/mob-ru...


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Cagsil 2 years ago from USA or America Author

Thank you for the link and I appreciate you taking time to read my article. I'm sure many people have ideas about addressing poverty, as it's been an issue for a long time.


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TakingBackAmerica 2 years ago from Land of the Free, Home of the Brave

pov-er-ty

[pov-er-tee]

noun

1. the state or condition of having little or no money, goods, or means of support; condition of being poor.

Synonyms: privation, neediness, destitution, indigence, pauperism, penury.

Antonyms: riches, wealth, plenty.

2. deficiency of necessary or desirable ingredients, qualities, etc.:

"poverty of the soil."

Synonyms: thinness, poorness, insufficiency.

3. scantiness; insufficiency: "Their efforts to stamp out disease were hampered by a poverty of medical supplies."

Synonyms: meagerness, inadequacy, sparseness, shortage, paucity, dearth.

Antonyms: abundance, surfeit, sufficiency, bounty, glut.

Ref: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/poverty

Interesting that knowledge, education, wisdom, skill and ability are not mentioned in this definition. Especially as the word is defined as a noun. This may something about the current lack of common sense and morality in society. The closest they come to it is in #1; "...means of support." which points in the general direction of productive working skills, the ability to sustain oneself.

I maintain that it is misguided welfare (charity) that quells incentive which turns to chronic dependency. I've personally witnessed this more than just once or twice.

"Give a man a fish, he eats for a day. Teach & man to fish, he eats for a lifetime".

Offer a hand 'up' rather than a hand 'out'.

Good stuff to take with you on life's journey.

Thanks for your concern and for speaking out. We need more like you.


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Cagsil 2 years ago from USA or America Author

Thank you very much for the kind words and much appreciation. Of course, knowledge-education-wisdom-skill-ability aren't mentioned. I too have reached the same conclusion as you have about is misguided welfare(charity) which quells incentive, growing dependency. I've witnessed the same.


jacetor 21 months ago

I agree with the premise that education is the 'first step'. Poverty is such a wide-ranging topic that to think education itself will solve the problem is just a tad naïve. We are living in a capitalist system that has grown to the point that it is now uncontrollable. As Picketty has pointed out, the end result of capitalism that is unrestrained is a small group of rich at the top and the rest of us at the bottom. Contrary to what you believe, it IS the government's job to either look after the poor or to put controls in place that allow each individual to be able to excel at what they are capable of achieving. Right now, the lobbyists and those that are in government are in thrall to the large corporations who have only themselves and their stockholders to answer to. Their job is to make as much money as possible and that is exactly what they are doing at the expense of 'the masses'. Education will make more people aware of the problem but it will not let them solve the problem. That is up to governments since, in spite of the Supreme Court ruling that companies are people, they just do not have a soul. They are incapable of understanding that the long-term health of even a company is paying a decent wage to their employees. That is a known business fact but because it will negatively affect their short-term profits, they have elected to treat their workers as slaves and reward them appropriately.

Again, education may be the first step but it is truly a very small step in the battle that it will take to truly eliminate poverty. Thank you for your post, it was interesting but short-sighted I'm afraid.


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Cagsil 21 months ago from USA or America Author

Thank you for your kind reply and appreciate you taking the time to read my article. Education is the end all be all of everything an individual does, knowledge forms education and it comes from all different sources. I think you're mistaking my idea on Education with Schooling the general masses. Schooling is somewhat important, up to a point, as it's understood. However, I've several other articles to increase awareness and educate others on the problems that seem or appear uncontrollable. Not to mention, several articles to address the economy, politics, the Constitution and many on self improvement/self education/self help. Again, appreciate your time.


big daddy oreo 15 months ago

It would help if people who could not afford children did not have them.


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Cagsil 15 months ago from USA or America Author

I understand what you're saying about that aspect. However, women are emotional creatures and should be respected for being in touch than men who are more analytical, less of emotion. The emotional aspect strengthens women. It's not a weakness. Many people take on being parents because they believe in themselves and their partner to handle the circumstances. Yes, I'll admit that many people who do breed should breed, but to take action against them without educating them with knowledge, compassion, empathy and wisdom is nothing short of killing the species as a whole. Thank you again for reading and commenting. I'm grateful. :)

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