His association with Cornell West tells you all you need to know. The current tax system redistributes so much money as it is that most do everything they can to remain impoverished...and Tavis wants to redistribute more. That is exactly what he and Cornell are talking about. Taking more from the haves and giving to the have nots. There is a book on it I think. The Communist Manifesto. It's all part of the big transformation of America and it is what these people believe. This election really is a turning point. Unless they are defeated in Nov I fear that shared misery is our destiny.
Hey Racist pinhead, obama is the answer for poverty, remeber he and the democrat party, better known as the party of death, are the foodstamp kings and queens of america!
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obama says oil drilling does'nt work, he said this recently at a predominately black community college in Md , gee.. it sure works for the saudi's just fine! obama' belief is that the American public is stupid,if he makes a statement the uninformed will believe it! Fuel prices are pushing me into poverty. What this tavis is stating is what America was before oloser got his marxist hands on our country!
The only way to eradicate poverty is to eradicate human beings. Oh, that has already been tried by the Communists.
Ah, smiley faced liberal fascism. Of course, that would be Smiley's pal Cornell West, the brilliant Marxist race hustler and gap-toothed weirdo clown cum parasite. No, really. Colonel Neville.
There's a book by Henry Hazlitt called "The Wisdom of Henry Hazlitt". I recommend that everyone should read the section called "On Poverty and Welfare", especially the chapters called "False Remedy for Poverty" and "Income without Work".
It should be required reading for anyone seeking to hold public office.
Wasn't President Johnson's "Great Society" to wipe out proverty in America? That was a GOVERNMENT program and still is and we can see how successful that it was.
Can we get a list of all those "other Countries" that have eradicated poverty? Maybe call some of them up and ask,"How is that working out for you?" Just so we can get a blueprint of how to go about that. FYI, I am mocking him. I think he is out in the far left bleachers.
The poverty he is talking about can be eradicated by actually getting an education and not listening to the likes of Farakan, Jackson, Sharpton, Wrigtht, and the whole race hustling group.
We need a government program to end...............fill in the blank..........1) government programs 2) government overspending 3) Obama and the Dems. 4)George Soros activities and his puppet companies 4) leftist groups andWacko Environmental groups 5) all of the above!!!
I vaguely recall reading somewhere something about giving someone a fish versus teaching them to fish.........
Don't mind my ramblings.
Poverty is impossible to eradicate. We will always have people that don't do for themselves and don't want to. No matter how much money is floating around, there are going to be a lot of people who do not apply themselves to get their own stash (ethically and legally). They don't want to work...period.
So, how do you raise them out of poverty? The left's answer is always more welfare in higher amounts. We are a rich nation with Donald Trump, and people of his "ilk" should share some of their money with those who do nothing to earn it. If they would just share we would have no poverty and no suffering.
Problem is, libs.....there's not that much freaking money!!! You could take away every penny from the top 1% and the poor might get a little spending money for a while, but when it's gone it's over. The rich will not work for free in order to carry the free-loaders. When they stop trying to make a buck, they stop hiring people to work for them. Result....dead country.
If you go to pure socialism, which is supposed to cure poverty, you have more poverty...and worse poverty...than this country has ever known. These morons don't realize that it's the rich, heavy investors that provide the jobs to lift everyone OUT of poverty. Because of them, we don't see people without sanitary waste systems...without electricity even installed in the homes...etc. If you win, a-hole, we will start seeng those things.
"One half of Americans are either in or near poverty" I was slack jawed. Tell that to some third world country and then wonder why they hate us.
What we really need is a program to eradicate foolish and mis-informed talking heads like Smiley, Shultz, Olberman, etc.
Maybe a nice 'padded' studio in a mental hospital where they can speak whatever idiocy that comes to their minds, ( they still have minds don't they?) into mikes and cameras that broadcast only in the hospital.
They'll quickly drive themselves totally insane listening to their own and each others drivel.
Just a thought.
The "War on Poverty" has resulted in decades of a growing population of people enslaved by the government and its anti-poverty programs. The "safety net" for the poor has become their comfy nest.
If you really want to eradicate poverty, first eradicate socialism and radical environmentalism which are destroying jobs and enslaving more and more people very year in government programs instead of providing needed jobs.
I knew he was off his rocker when he said a couple of years ago that Obama was the truly first American president! Ah dude, you got that totally backwards.
"How do you define poverty?". Just another opening question to splinter off another segment of our society. Now he's saying the American middle class is a victim of poverty when in reality even the poor in this country live better than 95% of the rest of the world.
The goal of this is to make more and more people resent the so called 1%, it's just another recruitment program for the left.
"But then Smiley says there is a poverty of hope, truth, affirmation, and that those are just as important as economic poverty?"
He's actually right here... maobama has stolen the hope of millions. Truth? Seriously? Maobama lies at every turn and the media consistently covers up for him. Affirmation... how many people are now discouraged and despondent... how many people feel worthless because they don't have a job? So, he's right and because he's an ignorant moron he doesn't realize that he just indirectly criticized his master: maobama.
Wasn't there already a "war on poverty"? And what country specifically has "erradicated poverty"? I would have liked to hear that answer. I'm also guessing that with all the job loss he has talked about and "half of the country being in or near poverty" that he saw that he will vote for Obama in the fall because BO has created jobs for the poor and ran on hope last time which is something people are poor of because they don't have hope and BO can give them affirmation that they will have hope so they won't be poor in those areas anymore just in the monetary area. So then they won't have to worry about their poor feelings they'll just have to worry about finacially supporting themselves or their families.
Also lets look at what "poor" people have in this country. I guarantee you there are "poor" people that live in a dump and receive gov't subsidies for food and housing yet drive around in an Escalade cause any money they make goes to that car payment. The level of "poor" in this country is nowhere near as bad as it is in others. Poor people in our country have cars, cell-phones, heating, air conditioning, tv, Xbox etc. There are kids in other countries that have one set of clothes. Thats what they where everyday. They live in homes made of mud. Any electricity may be run by a little conductor powered by a D battery and that really only powers a light bulb in the room and its only run at night.
The gov't is actually oppressing people and keeping them in poverty. It's the longest war in US history and it won't get better until the gov't quits choking business and enabling people. People get out of poverty by responsibility and personal accountability. That means getting a job and keeping it. Not having kids you can't support. Living a lifestyle that fits your budget. Getting as much education and training as you can.
A one way ticket to the utopia of N. Korea? Okay, but he has to take Sean Penn with him.
I can't even believe this is considered a serious conversation. Eradicating poverty of hope, poverty of opportunity, poverty of education? Other countries have done it? Are you kidding me? This isn't about a gap between the "have gots and have nots": were talking about a serious gap in ideology here and it scares me more everyday. How do you even reason with people this entrenched in their ideology that they can't even see day light? It seems so hopeless. Every time you hit back at these people with facts they become more and more disconnected. You can even begin to see and feel a sort of desperation in their expressions and in their voices. He seems scared to me, like if they don't hurry up and save the world now then it's all over. All the chips are on the table. I'm am truly afraid of what some of these people are capable of when they finally realize that everything they've ever believed, everything they've ever lived for, fought for and sacrificed for is all bs.
RS: "No, it’s up to the individual to better themselves because they are the only one who really controls their destiny, which is unlimited in America. They can go to school, get special training, and rise on their own. But you have these Marxist/socialist types who insist that it’s the government’s job to eradicate poverty. It’s insanity on every level"
It's not insanity, but it is the morality of altruism at work.
And the sad thing is that Conservatives offer NO alternative to said morality.
I know I'm getting in late on this one but I had to take a break before my head exploded with all of the other stuff going on. From your old friend Maxine, here is my analysis watching this several (painful) times.
Words MATTER! This guy talked so fast, but watch it again and see if you come to the same conclusion.
At the start - trailer at the bottom "Women and children living in poverty" Really? Where? He says 1 out of 2 Americans are living in poverty. Really? Are you talking about the Sudan or U.S.?
He and Cornell West's book is The Rich and The Rest of Us, (the poverty manifesto.) Are you serious?
I guess since Andrew and his good folks at Breitbart exposed Bell and others that are now having impact on our government policies regarding CRT (Critical Race Theory), they are moving to women and children as the victims. Notice he says (around 1:25) it's not color coded. Guess the race card isn't working, so now they are going for women (Duh). Any wonder why the contraceptive thing was contrived?
Want free housing, medical & food? Join the military. Oh yeah, you can't raise yourself up that way anymore. OR buy a used car to get to that crappy job that keeps food on the table and the lights on. There is a war on poverty already, and instead of raising all boats, the gov't is punching holes in all the hulls!!!
Feeding AmeriKa is a democratic organization out of Chicago of all places that is taking over all small local food banks , Ceo makes a half a million a year , Our local food bank president which is connected to feeding AmeriKA used to be head of the local Planned Parenthood . Create a crisis and create a solution to the problem and you are the hero ,
Idiot. There's been a government program to eradicate poverty since LBJ, it just made it worse. "One out of every two Americans are living in poverty"??? That is only because this Administration redefined how poverty was measured.
The fact that he worked with Cornell West on a book is proof that he is just another race pimp who has no clue what he is talking about.
Sadly, He is right. And because he is telling the truth he is considered an outcast with the Obama Administration becasue this is a direct reflection of the Obama Administration.
There is a good point in the paragraph above about buying tickets for the utopia country where this government they speak of is working. I have thought about setting up a non-profit and soliciting donations for buying one way tickets for any of these socialist/communist to the country of their choice where they think they can have a better life provided for them by the govenment. If I were rich I would set up a foundation for this purpose. I am sick of these people. They need to get out of this country. The only problem they would just turn around and come back so they would have to sign an contract agreeing not to return to the USA for at least ten years.
Manifesto...............Cornell West and I have written a book about poverty and we will blah, blah, blah.
The thing is, the more war we have on poverty, the more poverty there is. Hmmmm, right? Hmmmm, let us have thermonuclear war on poverty, or thermonuclear war on drugs.
These people are insane.
The economy may not be good right now but according to Tavis even if it improves poverty will remain. What a depressing mindset. Since he has a new book coming out why doesn't he donate the proceeds?
Thomas Sowell on Bell, Obama and the fruits of Racial Quotas:
""Bell even said that he took it as his mission to say things to annoy white people. Perhaps he thought that was better than being insignificant in his academic setting. But it was in fact far worse, because the real damage was to impressionable young blacks who took him seriously, including one who went on to become President of the United States.""
'A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.' -Thomas Jefferson-
Just another addition to the original Socialist plan of taking from the private sector and giving it to the public sector to win and influence people for their minds and votes.
"...worldly people are more clever than enlightened people in dealing with their own." Lk16:8
Delusional and intellectually dishonest...Oops!...Was I attempting to use Tavis Smiley and "intellectual" dishonesty in the same phrase. My o my! Now I have lost my mind!!!
I love how the first thing he does his hawk the book he wrote with that psychotic-looking, bucktoothed communist, Corny West.
Little does he realize that the very thing that would give him everything he wants is found in following the very thing that he hates, perhaps as much as Obama: the Constitution. Eliminating all the spending on unfunded liabilities, and putting power back in the hands of the people he claims to champion would turn this country right around, and we all know that's not what Smiley wants.
What countries have eradicated poverty? That should have been the most important question. Although the question "how do you define poverty?" brought a up a whole new dimension of poverty which trying to resolve would make it impossible to solve.
Oh Lord, I wish we had fewer idiots in the media.
Poverty in America includes owning:
-Xbox 360/Playstation 3
-Food on the table(Food stamps)
Poverty to the rest of the world means owning none of the above.
It also turns out that a person making $14,000 a year and getting gov't supplements now has as much spending money as a person working and making $60,000 per year!