From across the globe, millions of people risk their lives to get to Amercan. They come legally and illegally. They come to join the ranks of Americas poor because it is a very lucrative endeavor. Generous welfare and open borders has created a financial nightmare. See the financial state of California.
Bottom line-providing for ourselves gives us freedom. For those who are stuck at the bottom, the best way we can help them rise up is not to provide for them. But teach them how to provide for themselves. Dependency breeds resentment, bitterness and anger. It is enabling and crippling.
We need to share God's light and encourage people with it.
Wow, what a GREAT and POWERFUL speech! And to be sure, Paul Ryan looks way more Vice-Presidential than Joe Biden! Ha, and did you notice Paul's speech was ENTIRELY gaffe-free?? I'm praying that Romney/Ryan win this election so that "We the People" can take back our country!
Paul Ryan paces himself well with serenity in his speech, sincerity, confident and clarity from the heart and mind, very much in tune and in sync with the audiences' receptiveness.
The very notion of poverty is poorly understood. Some people are perennially poor. Not the kind of poor people become in a depression, but the kind of poor that simply do not understand how to change their lives.
The fact is, the only way to end poverty is to end prosperity and mandate a uniform level of sustenance for everyone, which is the communist ideal. As long as people are free to make their own choices about their ability to make money or engage in trade, some will have the least of it, and some will have the most. It's absolutely unavoidable.
Even in some Star Trek universe where—as they proclaimed several times on that show—people had gotten beyond the need for money and no one suffered from want... even in such a world, there will be those with more and those with less, and the ones with less will be deemed "poor." All one needs to do to verify this is to think about the difference between the poor in America, and the poor in Bangladesh.
What we need in this country is not a war on poverty. We need to end the war on charity, and the war on small business. When we see and end to stories like this, then we have a chance to let people help themselves. THAT's what we need to do.
Excellent points. Poverty is in our DNA. No matter what system we engage in. "the poor will always be with us" (Jesus)
The PRWOA (Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act) that Newt got through Congress and guilted Clinton to sign was a good start. Yes it has flaws but it requires work, has a 1-5 year limit as chosen by each state (like that state responsibility). The current Admin through Sebelius butchered it with the EO on work requirements. Mitt needs to overturn that EO immediately. And the states need to bring those limit years down and get closer to 1 than 5.
I dared once to suggest PRWOA be a loan program. Eeks the response I received was near fatal for the progressive liberals.
Pay back the government? What a concept!
I always think poor people would be better off if they left the inner cities, went to a rural church, offered to work for shelter, and then pick up a job doing something minor, like bagging groceries, until they build up a resume. Just get the heck out of the inner city. But the leftists like having those concentrations of urban poor to use as voting firewalls.
Sure. As long as you're able-bodied, you shouldn't just get a check.
Military service is a prime example. I know vets struggle to find jobs, but they are definitely better candidates for ANY job than someone who has never worked at all. If someone has no education, a military background is FAR better, in terms of actually getting employed, than having no resume at all. Same with people on a work program.
And several states had had work programs in my life. Planting trees, cutting brush, painting, you name it. It was low wage work, but it was way above minimum wage, and it was work experience.
In 1991 I went on food stamps. I had just lost my job due to Clinton shutting down the forests to logging. I had a baby and one on the way. I was going to trade school during the day and working six hours at night cleaning office buildings to pay for the room rent while I was in school and separated from my family. Though I don't appreciate the state run welfare system, I did not take advantage of the system in such a way as to abuse it. I would have been happy to pay it back, as well, when I could have afforded it.
I have felt for some time that anyone who applies for public assistance should be required to serve the public. They can do volunteer work, it would look great on a resume and it would nourish their soul.
Thank God that there will soon be a VPOTUS worthy of the office. Such a vast improvement on the current incumbent in intellect and goodwill. Loved it when the audience responded so well to his reference to 'the Spirit of the Lord'. Loved that he actually said it! Been a long time.
I had Mass held for Mitt today!!' Going to Eucharistic Adoration next two weeks.
Jesus, please help us.....we've suffered long enough.
Please please pray....
"The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much." James 5:16
I say this often and will keep saying it through election day as a reminder that God wants good to prevail. Without prayer, I would be in sorry shape after 33 months of unemployment. God has provided for me by giving me opportunities to help myself and I am so thankful and grateful.
Many employers are asking applicants if they have been on food stamps or other public assistance in the last 1-2 years because they get federal credits for hiring people who have. I was never asked that when applying for a new job before obama became president.
Joe Bidden couldn't carry Paul Ryan's shoes for one second. I'm realizing what a great choice Mitt has made for his VP. This speech was beautifully done.
War on poverty. War on drugs. War on illiteracy. War on terror tactics. War on Crime. War on health food. War against communism...................................war, war, war, war, war.
War is the health of the State, and the State is the death of liberty. This mentality is killing us.
Here's a solution. In order to receive public assistance, a person should be required to do volunteer work, attend classes on budgeting, basic home upkeep, and to get counseling. The Rescue Mission provides food, clothing, shelter and Christian counseling. But they also require while staying there to attend church, look for a job and be in at a curfew. They offer hope. It's not rocket science.
I have a fundamental problem with welfare "by the State", as it requires them to engage in theft to support it. Reasonable reforms would be needed to revert back to independent private sector solutions, but the goal should be to phase our government involvement altogether. As you said, (paraphrased) "the people will take care of their own". Natural consequences would ensue that would allow the public to act out of campassion for their fellow man.
Citizenship test at the welfare office would be appropriate, also. I am willing to help Americans. The American middle class not carry the financial burden of provinging for any third worlder who can arrive on our shores.
Obama wants a nation built on government dependency! If you are adicted to food stamps, and hand-outs you are a needy parasite (I got me an Obama phone)! Entitlements depress economies! Jobs build economic independence! We MUST oust this economy-killer on November 6th!
If you look at the costs of the War on Poverty, it will range between 5 to 19 trillion. The medium would be 12 trillion. 12 Trillion dollars, and we are nowhere near doing away with poverty. In fact, the poverty rate has changed little and is set to increase. There is a good web site that is lengthy but worth reading when talking about the trillions the federal government is stealing from its citizens and spending in many frivolous ways (Remember the GSA conventions)
"The poor are the human shields that government uses to grow government," quote Dr Thomas Sowell. Notice, please, Dr Sowell mentioned no political party.
Perhaps I am missing the point you are making, I am assuming; something I hesitate to do, that you may feel I am pointing fingers at the Democratic Party? Yes the article I provided the link to does mention the democratic party; as the Great Nation effort was instituted by LBJ and a predominate Democratic Party in both the senate and the house. But if what you are inferring is that all politicians can be wasteful, I agree. The one caution I would give is that the current administration has been more prolific than past administrations in seeking more control over this country's economy. Regardless of what party a politician belongs to, all must seek to be cautious on what they do with the tax payer's money.
Great article you linked to there, ArmyVet. I see the government dependency in my county, and it is staggering as I observe third generation 'welfare' mothers raising, alone, a fourth generation. I might add, they mostly have multiple piercings, visible tattoos, the latest smart phone, etc... you get the picture - they get a check every month on our dime, and can afford gold jewelry, body art and expensive gadgets. They also clothe themselves and their kids in designer duds.. the kind I tell my own kids we can't afford. I could go on and on and on. I'm linking that column you provided for my patriots group on FR http://fundamentalrefounding.ning.com/ Thanks, my friend!
Thanks, I hope any who read the article can grasp the weight of what is happening right before our eyes. After retiring from the Army, I have prayed long and hard the service of all our veterans would never have been in vain. With the extraordinary waste with in the halls of Washington D.C. it is getting harder to see clear the worth of our sacrifices. Still, I would do another 22 years for this country in a heart beat.
ArmyVet, one of FR's avid readers was quite complimentary on the additional info you provided! http://fundamentalrefounding.n... take a look! ;)
Obama wants people to be dependent on GOVERNMENT!!! Remember the woman who was paid to attend Obama rallys...I GOT ME AN OBAMA PHONE!
We are almost there! We are almost there to competent leadership in this country and I hope Romney/Ryan can lead so well, that Ryan becomes the favorite in 2020 (Ryan/Martinez?). We need many, many years of conservative leadership to undo the damage of the liberal agenda started by 16 years of FDR and 8 years of Kennedy-LBJ and 4 years of Obama (Clinton wasn't too bad, since he had a GOP Congress). And I don't let the Bush family off the hook either, they were terrible too and if the GOP had any defeats in the last 30 years, its because of them! November 6th cannot come soon enough! Romney/Ryan 2012!
There's no question about it!! Self-sufficiency and individual empowerment begin with economic freedom and stability through strength and it is the primary source of eradicating impoverish conditions. Let the trickle-down effect that is precipitated by successful business leaders perform its magic, as it has often been done for centuries. There's no other alternative.