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 governmentâ€™s level of anti-poverty effort is about right.
My first, gut reaction was â€œOH NO!â€ and wondering whether the proper follow-up question was asked to those that answered in the majority; â€œWhere in the Constitution is â€˜Povertyâ€™ control a duty of the government?â€
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? Weâ€™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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