What do you think would be one of the best steps we could take towards ending poverty?
Get rid of our current president would be one good step.
That might sound like more Obama bashing. Well it sort of is. But my point is that the democratic ideal is one of socialism. The only way socialism works if there is one small upper class and a very small middle class and a very large lower class.
This lower class would be a poverty level society who soul purpose is to provide support for the upper class and some of the middle class. This sad but true.
Sorry I guess I am just assuming you are from the USA.
Honestly there is no way to eliminate poverty. There will always be people for one reason or another that won't work and will live on the scraps of those who do. They are fine with that kind of life. As long as there are social programs that make the everyday person more dependent on the government they will slowly loose the desire to achieve for themselves.
Teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime. Feed a man a fish and he live for a day. We are a people readily give out fish and very seldom do we expect anyone to fish for themselves.
Think about this:
"The desire for everyone to out of poverty is counter productive to it actually happening. "
Its true, we try to help and help but in the process we are hurting. We don't expect people to learn and grow and achieve which is the path to success. We feel bad for them so we help them out and without knowing it we are hurting them. Its a vicious cycle that happens time after time.
The best way to eliminate poverty would be to eliminate the welfare programs. I would never win an election with this ideal but I think its the best answer.
The second step would be take care of own families. What I mean is take grandma into your home to live when she can't live on her own. Things of that nature.
If all that is done then those in poverty would be much less in time.
Did you ever notice that the times a country is the most economically stable is after a horrible war. Why, a huge amount of their population is dead and the distribution of wealth is dramatically increased. That is a sad but true fact. Large amounts of money spent on the war also evens out the distribution of wealth so those on the bottom of the class level have more to spend.
If you are talking about ending poverty in America, I tend to agree with Foodeee that we should change the public assistance programs. I think all able bodied people that receive government money should fill a government job. There are plenty of government jobs that require no skills that could easily filled. The money saved on salaries could fund advancement programs, providing education and training. Those with no desire to work for their money would be excluded from the welfare programs. Only those deemed unable to work should receive 'free' public assistance.
If you are talking about ending poverty worldwide, I think it would take a massive effort by all the citizens of the world. This solution would first require a peace and unity among all world citizens, something I don't think will happen in our lifetime.
Great comment mgeorge 1050! I too believe there are better ways to end poverty in America. My big question is why are none of these ideas ever implemented?
They never will be implemented. The idea is unpopular with the "VOTING" public. Politics is about money and getting elected not about the good for the masses. John F Kennedy had the correct mindset and they killed him.
We should focus on long-term solutions. For me, education and job-generation is the key. Our government should focus on improving our quality of education and increasing job opportunities. Regarding how these can be done, let them do the thinking. That's what they are paid to do. haha
Dr. Ben Carson speaks and has written on this topic in an eloquent, professional, and most importantly, experiential manner conveying important truths for addressing the core issues. See his bio at
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(and be sure to note President Obama's apparently sincere attention to it).
He is not popular with those who believe that the underprivelged need big government to take care of them, but he's on target in spite of the criticisms. We need to carefully form a right perspective on all of the issues regarding the needy and homeless of this nation and his interpretation of the situation we face in the issues offers real answers.
To more directly answer the question posed here, I do not believe that we will ever end poverty because there will always be a certain amount of people who want others to take care of them. That statement, by the way, does not include those who truly cannot take care of themselves. As a society, we have a responsibility to do a good job of helping those people.
However, the numbers of people who simply want to take from others so they can live their own life their own way at others' expense have grown at alarming rates in the last 50 years. Dr. Ben Carson's knowledge and experience are qualified to offer solutions that would provide positive results for everyone concerned.
Great perception! We could only hope for a better outcome for poverty but as you stated some people would rather have others take care them. This most likely starts from there upbringing and the cycle continues. The question being how does it end?
I think working towards a more even income distribution could be a first step. That usually leads to a larger middle class and more spending. More spending leads to more jobs. More jobs (at a decent pay) lead to less poverty.
Providing affordable education is another prerequisite.
Poverty will never be totally eliminated. It is and will always be a fact of life that some of us will be at the bottom of the economic pyramid and some at the top. If we utilize a centrally planned state to eliminate this, then we all end up in poverty except for those who do the planning. In a free market, some of us work harder, smarter, more efficiently and various other factors that differentiate us. As long as people are different, they will achieve different outcomes. There are certainly cases of individuals whom are just born into unfortunate situations and/or have a run of bad luck, and many of us would like to help. There are a number of very good charities that can do exactly that. But simply eliminating poverty is no going to ever happen. Some people will remain poor because they are often not willing to change their behavior or attitude. Ending poverty is like ending, murder...adultery...lying...and numerous other things that make up the way we exist as humans. The worthwhile charities and good deeds of others can help only those who want help. But not everybody can be helped.
The standards of what is poverty itself is not even universal. What we call poverty in the US can be described as middle class in many parts of the world. The best way to minimize what we might consider to be poor economic conditions defined as poverty to us is to make people as self sufficient as possible. As the old saying goes..."give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him to fish and you feed him for life"
To simply focus on the distribution of income is an exercise in futility. If we simply transfer more income from one group to another, we get an increase in the velocity of money. That increase drives up the cost of living, thereby negating the benefit of the increase in income. Inflation comes from increases in spending without regard for corresponding increases in productivity. That is why a self sufficient independently productive society is so important. When you pay people more for doing the same thing, you distort prices and destroy purchasing power. If people at the bottom of the pyramid become more economically valuable in terms of the skills they offer, their lifestyle will improve without destroying the purchasing power of their earnings.
Your comment makes me think that the world economy is a detriment for the United States. We are moving all of our wealth to other countries because of huge amounts of imports. Also the pres signed a bill that increases the min. wage. Not a good move
The min wage is political theatre. It means nothing, and will help nobody. The world economy is not a detriment. As long as it functions as a relatively free market (which is not always the case), it is good to have competition.
The best way to end poverty is to promote spirituality/love through out the world. I do not mean "religion", I mean spirituality. People really need to focus on what is important and that is life. That is the miracle of this world, I do not just mean human life either, I mean the life of all living entities.
If we as humans do not value the life of all living entities, then it is impossible to claim that we have compassion. Compassion is what is need to end poverty. Strength of leadership is needed to end poverty. Any leader who allows people in their society to stave while others have billions, need to rethink the situation that they are allowing.
What we need is an intelligent, strong, compassionate, forward thinking, honest, generous, selfless, King and Queen to reshape and correct the current situation. We need leaders that actually care about the welfare of all human beings not just those within the boarders of the nation where they live.
Human beings all have the same basic needs, food, water, air shelter, and peace of being. There should be one world government to ensure this for all people. There should be rules that apply to all including the ones creating the rules. There should be guidelines about planned parenting so that children are not born into poverty.
The main problem is lust, greed and corruption. When people want to take the first step to discipline them selves to reduce their wants and be considerate of others more, then poverty has a good chance of being eliminated. Materialistic people see others as things for their pleasure, rather than sentient beings such as themselves, that need their basic needs met and would like to have some of their wants satisfied as well.
This is why there are so many wars. Wars have nothing to do with religion, or spirituality, it has to do with lust, anger, arrogance and power, greed.
The present education system is not designed to create free thinkers. It is designed to create consumers and workers.
The thing that is really sad is that people work so hard to acquire material possessions, and some do not realize that they will die just like everyone else.
To help eliminate poverty people have to be taught that all human life is equal. Do not get fall into illusion by the superficial.
I hope this helps.
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