Fighting Poverty In America
Billions to the Poor Wasted Every Year
Fighting Poverty in America – Billions to the Poor Wasted Every Year
In our ongoing efforts for fighting poverty in America, there is one thing that bothers me. I just cannot understand this. Inarguably, billions of dollars are spent every year in the name of fighting poverty in the U.S. (and around the world), but decade after decade passes and the number of people in poverty increases.
Does that make sense?
How is it that we have billions of dollars being spent on millions of people, but there is no dent made in the number of poor people in this country?
Here is the reality. The U.S. population stands at a little over 300 million (last U.S. Census). Now, if there are 340 million people (for argument’s sake) in the U.S., it is fair to say that there are about 150 families (or fewer) living here. Most of these families live on less than $1 million per year. In fact, if each of the 150 million families had a $1 million to spend each year, then all of them would immediately move into the realms of millionaires. Everyone would be doing great!
Now, with all the billions of dollars being spent on the 100 million plus poor families annually, why is there little difference being made in the lives of America’s poor?
If you took just $1 billion of all the money that the government, charitable organizations, other philanthropists, and individuals spend on poverty each year, you would get at least $6 million going to each of the 150 million families each year (noting that not all the 150 million families need help). Don’t even do that. Just give $1 million to each of the 100 million plus families each year and voila!, poverty is eliminated.
This of course is really simplistic and would lead to other issues, such as inflation – high prices – many people just doing nothing, etc. Yes, it is a simple solution, which if not managed well could cause other problems.
Anyway, what if $1 million was made available to each needed family annually, with some stipulations – certain amount goes to medical expenses; x amount to training; y amount to education; etc., and the money was released in installments? I believe that this would work better than what we have now.
The fact is that billions of dollars being spent on the poor annually are being wasted.
I know that some of you will find my suggestion ridiculous. However, you cannot disagree with my basic point that there is enough money being spent on the millions of America’s poor and we should be seeing more of a bang for our buck.
Could it be that a certain group of people wants to keep the poor dependent, always looking for a handout, so they can promise them candy after candy to get their votes each election cycle? This seems like the making of another article.