Government Not Doing Enough To Fight Poverty?

J.J. Jackson | July 22, 2007 

Well, this is a pretty broad question that was asked by Rasmussen:

Fifty-six percent (56%) of American voters say the government is doing too little to combat poverty in this nation. A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 20% believe it is doing too little while 15% say the government’s level of anti-poverty effort is about right.

My first, gut reaction was “OH NO!” and wondering whether the proper follow-up question was asked to those that answered in the majority; “Where in the Constitution is ‘Poverty’ control a duty of the government?”

But that is just my initial reaction. I still wish that it would have been asked though.

My second reaction is that there are certainly some of those in that 56% who understand that government policy helps create poverty especially when such policies delve into the realm of unconstitutional laws that are passed. I am sure that some of those that answered in the majority realize that progressive income taxes and taxes on corporations add an increased cost on everything the poor buy and makes their dollar worth less and also harder for them to save and get out of poverty.

But I doubt it was more than 5%.

The poll also found:

At the same time, 47% of American voters believe that anyone who is willing to work hard can get themselves out of poverty. Thirty-eight percent (38%) disagree.

Pessimism running rampant still about hard work being the cure to poverty? We’ve got a long, hard slog ahead of us. Because as long as people continue to not believe that hard work can and does pull people out of poverty the call for more socialism will grow.

Even though most people claim to still believe in the Constitution which prohibits such …


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5 Responses to “Government Not Doing Enough To Fight Poverty?”

  1. lizette medina on March 21st, 2008 2:54 pm

    1. Imagine you were poor and didn’t have government help to assist you in your needs how would you fell?

    2. How do u think poverty affects our society today?

    3. What do you think you can do to help the less fortunate?

    4. Do you think people with low income are responsible for their economic situation?

    5. Do you see poverty increasing or decreasing in ten years?

    6. Do you think society is doing enough in regards to preventing the spread of poverty? Why?

    7. What do you think the government should do to minimize poverty?

    8. What is your definition of poverty?

    9. In what economic level do you consider you’re self in poor, middle, or rich?

    10. How do you think education plays a key factor in a persons economic standing?

  2. PinguMama (Sr. Moderator) on March 21st, 2008 3:13 pm

    I’m not really sure if you want serious answers or not.

    But I will tell make a deal with you. If you can answer Jeff’s question posed in this article:

    “Where in the Constitution is ‘Poverty’ control a duty of the government?”

    and actually cite the location of such a thing then I’ll answer your questions. Because your questions seem to stem from a a belief that such a thing exists.

    So show me that it does to justify your questions and I will answer them.

    Waiting …

  3. Ashley on January 28th, 2009 9:49 am

    In regards to the poll that said “47% of voters believe that anyone who is willing to work hard can get themselves out of poverty” …

    Have those people not heard of the single mothers in the inner city working three jobs, barely seeing the kids they’re trying to keep fed and in school?
    I have met those mothers
    and even the families with two parents, who work until their bodies plead for mercy to rest who can not get out of the seemingly botttom less whole of poverty.
    I have met those familes.

    I believe those 47% should get out more.

  4. PinguMama (Sr. Moderator) on January 28th, 2009 10:23 am

    To summarize Ashley’s comments:
    America sucks
    You can’t succeed
    If you are in poverty there is no hope
    Praise the nanny state

    Now Ashley, I too have worked with people in poverty. I have given up my time to help train them with useful skills and have in my own personal experience found that the reason they remain in poverty is because they do not work hard. Oh sure they may work two jobs but when I would talk with their bosses I would generally tend to find that their performance and work eithic was lacking.

    Working is not the same as working hard. But after working with these people and helping get them an actual work ethic and taking pride inwhat they did except in a few cases each significantly bettered themselves and moved out of poverty.

    You can gave such a grim outlook if you like. But I am here to tell you that I have witnessed how hard work leads to success.

  5. Young Tuck on January 28th, 2009 10:37 am

    I could share my own story if ashley likes.

    I plodded along in poverty for years doing meanial labor “when I felt like it.” At 38 I decided to start working harder. I was actually forced to do this because my father, who had supported me, died and died penniless because he had given me so much. With the spigot turned off I was forced to work hard and it was an amazing experience. For 20 years I worked two jobs and my daughter is entering college this fall. I have enough money saved to get her an education and I retired last month with enough money in the bank to do so comfortably even with the economy the way it is.

    Hard work works. Pingumama is right. Just because someone is working or working a lot of hours doesn’t mean they are working hard.

    Don’t knock it!

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