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should a country be judged by how their poor are treated ?

  1. nightwork4 profile image61
    nightwork4posted 7 years ago

    should a country be judged by how their poor are treated ?

    some countries have really poor areas but they act like they are superior, should we look at how the poor are treated before looking at how well educated or how wealthy the rest are when we decide how good a country is?

  2. peterxdunn profile image59
    peterxdunnposted 7 years ago

    Overall my answer to your question would be yes.

    I also think, however, that you could extend your question to include: 'Should a country be judged on how many poor people there are in that country?'

    Take America for instance. Americans like to extoll the virtues of capitalism, the free market and the American way.

    It could be argued now, however, that America no longer has a free market. The banks failed and were then bailed out by the American taxpayer. In a free market they would have been left to fail.

    (Compare this with Iceland. The Icelandic banks that failed were put into receivership. The Icelandic economy has registered 3% growth, as a result, this year.)

    Nor are the banks reciprocating by lending money to new businesses to create jobs (the bankers are just rewarding themselves with huge bonuses).

    Instead there are more and more poor people in America with every passing day as American jobs are exported to China.

    Worst of all is the fact that American banks are now getting out of paper money altogether. They are investing heavily: with the bail out money received from the taxpayer, in commodities such as food stocks and food futures. This is pushing up food prices all over the world.

    Perhaps you should extend your question even further to ask: 'Should countries exert tighter control over the banking system to keep poverty levels in check among their domestic populations?'

  3. philirodje profile image61
    philirodjeposted 7 years ago

    I would say yes a country should be judged by how their poor are treated i also would like it if there are monitoring group like the UN to control these ugly situation. if not one day there will be general uprising all over the world. after all, the poor are more than the rich in every country.

  4. earnings33 profile image37
    earnings33posted 7 years ago

    Yes definitely because this task tells that what is the rate of employement, business men and jobless.

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    bhaveshdhanani03posted 7 years ago

    definately, nations are created for people only, If in a country percentage of poor is more, it means that the state is not taking care of their people properly. judjementle always be a hunger index

  6. tinaweha profile image67
    tinawehaposted 7 years ago

    Yes, of course they should be judged by that.  However, I think that a better way to judge a country would be to ask:
    How easy is it for people to move out of poverty and into a good middle-class job & lifestyle?

    And, in response to the first answer:  A lot of it has to do with the taxation of the middle class.  It is very difficult to move up when you are taxed to death like in the US.  If you have opportunity to move from poverty to mid class, then possibility to move from mid class to wealth...that's the sign of a good country with a decent tax policy.

  7. phoenixarizona profile image68
    phoenixarizonaposted 7 years ago

    Absolutely. If we are talking those whom are poor, then they are the countries foundations. When the poor have money they spend it, encouraging the economys strength, to look down on those who strengthen their country is a crime.
    Then there is the matter of poverty. A country who has people living in poverty is a country that needs an intervention. Poverty is one of the greatest crimes against humanity and it should have ceased to exist a long time ago.
    The best example of this would be Robert Mugabe (former leader of Zimbabwe) While he had the first country to have the billion dollar note children were dying of starvation. I still think that Mugabe should have seen the inside of a jail cell for that.

  8. mmzh786 profile image66
    mmzh786posted 7 years ago

    Yes developed nations like America is not treating the poor in a good manner,i am not saying that they are not looking the poor peoples but as a developed nations they can do a lot.

  9. Shakeel Shavab CK profile image58
    Shakeel Shavab CKposted 7 years ago

    If the country treat poor peoples well and give them adequate benefaction, then that country will improve in all the way, and if not vise versa.

  10. weholdthesetruths profile image62
    weholdthesetruthsposted 7 years ago

    "How the poor are treated" is not the simplistic thing most answers so far seem to say.   For one, simply redistributing money and creating dependency is a terrible thing to do to poor people.  It creates class distinctions and hopelessness, as dependency is very damaging to people's psyche. The REAL compassionate thing is to build a country with opportunity and the ability to self advance.   Thus, a strong economy, good business climate, etc, is far better than promises of handouts and a life of dependency.   Most people who answer this appear to believe that "poverty" is something that happens.  No, poverty is the default state of EVERY PERSON.  It is your daily actions, your daily decisions, and your constant effort that prevents you from being in it.   Poverty is NOT a "crime against" someone.  It is the normal state of humanity.   For someone to be in poverty, it means that either there is no opportunity for self improvement, the person doesn't know how, or the person doesn't want to do what is need to NOT be in poverty. 

    There is no magic bullet for poverty, the "cause" of poverty is nothing other than not taking the actions to not be in it.  And that could be because there is no opportunity to escape it.  If that's the case, then society is to blame.    For instance, the US unemployed / underemployed / out of the job market percentage is well into double digit percentages.   This is wholly to blame on the voters, who allowed our government to create the situations that killed our economy.   It's the law of unintended consequences, for most of them, they simply didn't realize what they voted for was going to result in what happened.   

    Other situations, like many countries, around the world, do not have the freedom to be anything but poor.  In that case, it's a political problem, but one rarely solved without violence. 

    And then, you have people who lack  the abilities to do anything, because they've been hurt, were born disabled, or other matters.  They are not a "poverty" issue.

  11. Darknlovely3436 profile image81
    Darknlovely3436posted 7 years ago

    yes indeed, it should be judged by how their poor are treated,
    just like a family mom and dad walking the street looking great
    and their children looking shabby.... right away you know that something is not right.. you are the head of the country you look out for your citizen, do as much as you can for them,
    some how Robin Hood came to mind when i read your Question.