Ft. Lauderdale, Fl USA
Also, I want to point out that the article which John used to start this thread was taken from a William F. Buckley publication, well known to be an ultra-conservative and slanted publication (not that I don't appreciate some of what Buckley has to say).
Iliana, whatever you think of Buckley, I feel assured he doesn't make up quotes. In the past, Edwards has claimed that poverty in America is a “plague” which forces 37 million Americans to live in “terrible” circumstances. According to Edwards, an amazing “one in eight” Americans lack “enough money for the food, shelter, and clothing they need,” caught in a daily “struggle with incredible poverty.” Those are Edwards' quotes. However you wish to try to sidestep it, Edwards claims that 37 million Americans live in "terrible" conditions and "struggle with incredible poverty". You can try to talk around it if you wish but the facts are that he said them and they are lies. Period.
15.6 million does indeed represent a formidable number but my comment stands that it is a far cry, more than 50% less than the figure Edwards used. Yes or no?
In your work for the Headstart program, Iliana, how many millions did you see? Of course you saw poor people. There are poor people in every city. How many of those people you saw lived in 4 room houses with two baths and a car in the garage? Not many, I would guess and yet those are the ones Edwards chooses to use to come up with his scaremongering tactics.
remember those numbers were from 2005 when our economy, by your standards, was still growing. Well, my standards must be fairly good, then, since every economist in the country (not running for office) agrees.
The 37 million includes people who have to make a choice about giving up one or more of the following: food, shelter, medical care, or transportation. It's that simple, Mike...all four are necessities in this country to get out of the cycle of poverty.
Yes, it also includes, redheads, brunettes, blondes and left-handed people. The question to be asked is - how many?
Are we just suppose to accept the fact that there are poor, really poor, among us and that that's life. Or are we suppose to care and try and make a permanent difference, addressing the real causes of poverty in this country?
The answer, Iliana, to that is....both. There will be always be poor, in any country, no matter what. That has not changed since the beginning of mankind and you're not gonna change it. Mental illness is one big issue. Let me know how many doctors you can round up who will treat them. Apathy is another. There are actually people who want to live that way, who want nothing to do with society, responsibilities, or rules of any kind. You won't change them. Others are from lack of education. The percentage of destitute persons who never finished high school must be formidable. what do we do there? As the article sated, a large percentage of them come from illegals, who never finished any formal education in their countries. The solution to that would be to keep them out but look what happens when that issue is brought up.
You and I, Iliana, cannot make a permanent difference....but we can make temporary ones. I can continue handing out meals at the shelter, lecturing at the Outreach clinic and you can continue with whatever programs you engage in which provide aid to those in need. Every once in a while perhaps we can convince someone that they really do matter and that there are people who care what happens to them and just maybe it will propel them enough to make changes in their lives for the better. That's the best we can hope for....