Poverty and Remaking America

Posted: January 10, 2012 in Uncategorized
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“If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.”  ~Charles Darwin

September 12 2011, the U.S. census bureau released a report that stated that 46.2 million Americans (1 in 7 of us) were poor in 2010. All  due to the recession and economic downfall of America. Poverty in America is something that can be eradicated. Poverty in America does NOT make America look like the land of the free, its makes America look like the land of the have’s and have-nots. Once America and its policy makers take a special interest into eradicating this problem, America can transform into a land of prosperity as it is known to be.

Tavis Smiley is one individual taking a special interest into solving this dilemma of poverty. On thursday, January 12 2012 at George Washington University, Mr. Smiley will be hosting his Remaking America series on poverty in America. Back in 1964, then President Lyndon Johnson came up with a solution to help eradicate poverty. His idea was to create national programs to help the poor and needy. America currently has social programs that help the low-class, but programs do not  exist  to help and/or save the poor or in individuals in poverty. It’s a sad day in the most powerful nation in the world when we have people living on the street who cannot get decent help. According to Mr. Smiley, America can create a 3 step program to eradicating poverty . America needs to first recognize and realize that poverty exist. Two, the leaders of our great nation need to create a plan of HOW WE will eliminate this national problem. Last, our leaders need to “sell” this plan to the people. It’s all about the power of persuasion. America needs to create job training and retraining programs to help their citizens. It’s easy to say “go get a job” but its hard when there are no jobs available.

Once the people of America take interest in someone else life other than their own, America can be a super power again.

Reference:

http://www.tavistalks.com/remakingamerica/

http://www.heritage.org/research/commentary/2011/09/understanding-poverty-in-the-us

Conference call with Tavis Smiley

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Comments
  1. fidlerten says:

    politicalnomics,
    Though I do agree with you 100 percent, it’s not going to happen. Unfortunately, the greedy are who hold influence over our elected leaders would rather drive more people into poverty, as so to drive more wealth into their own pockets.

    Sure, our Congress will produce bills, sometimes from well-meaning politicians, but they will go nowhere. We’ll hear grandstanding by our politicians of great pieces of legislation that is meant to eradicate poverty but again, at the end of the day nothing will actually get done.

    I’m sorry if I sound like such a pessimist but if we look at history we’ll find that the poverty numbers always grow as more wealth is concentrated in the hands of the few. Sure, our country and the world will become more liberal, but the majority will also grow a lot more poor.

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