Date registered: Sep 2004
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How much is enough?
This is NOT in response to any threada about NOLA, but some responses on those threads have inspired it.
There are responses that seem to indicate that we need to spend more money on the poor. That may be a valid approach. I simply ask, "How much", and "how do we measure the resultant gains?"
Since President Johnson began his war on poverty, we, the US taxpayers, have spent in excess of 1 TRILLION dollars on pverty programs. Now I know a dollar doesn't buy what it used to, but you'd think there would be some payback on all that "investment". But poverty remains about where it was before the expenditure. So what have we bought?
Do handouts ultimately help anyone?
How come immigrants can come to this country with the clothes on their backs, and in a generation or two, risen above those humble beginnings? Do the political advocates for the underclass help or hinder?
I know we can all post illustrations to "prove" our particular points, but lets keep the discussion on a theoretical plane.
How does a people help its underclass citizens rise above that? If, as some on the Left are sure to claim, that its a necessary part of capitalism, then why even try? I reject the notion that capitalism is at fault. One of the lessons taught by Henry Ford's success is that a properly run capitalistic company is one where its employees can become its customers--everyone benfits. His $5 a day was not some altrusistic giveaway program; it was a calculated answer to a problem. It benefitted Ford as well as his workers.
How can we ( we are the government) best help the poor and down-trodden to rise above their poverty?
( The answer is NOT--impeach Bush)