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If you were the president, what should you do to lessen the poverty?

what are the ways to decrease poverty in our country?

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Give welfare ONLY to the people who truly need it. This will make the people who are on welfare (that don't actually need it) get off their hind-ends and get jobs. It's not fair that the working class have to support them. I have no problem helping people who actually need it, but our system is BROKEN. If it doesn't get fixed soon, I'm afraid to see what the world will look like in a few years.

I know this is terrible, but put a limit on how many children people can have. I know girls who had 5 (no kidding) kids by the time they were 21 years old. These girls, seriously sit out by the mailbox the 1st of the month, waiting for their welfare checks. THIS is ridiculous.

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We're already doing that. What evidence do you have that there are all these alleged moochers? Do you know what welfare reform was under Clinton and what happened then? People make these assumptions about it being broken without any real evidence or data to support it. In fact, forcing people into work has long been a feature of the system, often too much so that single mothers have kids who aren't well attended at home and get into trouble, often tragic, for lack of oversight.

I could cite dozens of links like the ones below yet I almost never see anyone complaining about all the alleged moochers doing the same. If you compare it to the fraud in other systems, including the military and corporate, this is all miniscule.

http://anitra.net/homelessness/columns/anitra/eightmyths.html

http://www.childwelfare.com/welfare_reform_myths.htm


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I see it with my own eyes. I don't have websites to prove it.
I know for a fact, my aunt claims that her and her husband are seperated. He is a mechanic, and LIVES with her. He makes a good $30 an hour. She gets welfare and help from the state because they aren't together. FACT.
(She is not the only one I know about). This is just one example among many.
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I'm not looking to argue with you. If you want to answer the question, then do so.
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People "see" someone buying junk food in a store with their EBT card and rant on about how it's fraud without knowing a single thing about that person and their situation. That's what I see. Here, anyway.

If your aunt is committing welfare fraud by lying about her living arrangements feel free to report her. That's still not an excuse to deprive others who need it. I've seen how it works in the inner city (not the midwest) and it's not there because it isn't needed or because they are abusing it.

Both stories are still anecdotal and that's why we don't go by anecdotal stories like these or Reagan's made-up welfare Cadillac. We go by real studies and real investigations.
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Reporting them doesn't do any good. I have done that, several times.

I also worked at a conveniet store and seen a lot of crap go on there too. Someone would come in and buy ciggarettes with cash, and use food stamps to buy food. Tell me this is okay. You can afford to buy ciggarettes but you can't afford to buy milk? Get your priorities straight.

And if you would have read what I wrote, I said I had no problem helping people who actually need the help. I've noticed with you, you seem to "see" only what you want to see. Please read what I type if you want to criticize.
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*convenient
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He's a "progressive" CJ, logic makes no sense to him. The entitlements are what make our paycheck so freakin thin because we dare to work. "Spread the wealth" right?
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Honestly, I don't know what I said that set him off. *shrugs*
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You spoke the truth, does it every time :)
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For those who subscribe to certain political views, the truth is very inconvenient for them under the current regime.
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I'm not on either side. I vote, but don't feel that it matters anyways. But somethings, like I've mentioned, are very obvious problems. Shouldn't matter what "side" a person is on.
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I agree
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My wife used to manage apt. Buildings for a large Real estate co. Most were section 8. They were full of single mothers with at least 3 or more children. Free rent , food stamps, free phone, cable tv. Due to educational programming, free medical, free utilities . Now some needed the help. But the part that bothered me was all the x husbands and "uncles" living on tax payers dimes. Able bodied men. And the moms kept having babies.
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Merrill has nothing but vague insults about lack of logic while refusing to see that his ideology drives him to exaggerate the fraud. And I am not part of the current "regime", whatever that's supposed to mean (I suppose it's some Obama nonsense). This isn't about sides. It is partly about what I've seen, too, though and that's people who need it.

And no, CJ, you "see" someone you know abusing it and think that anecdotal event is indicative of what happens the majority of the time. I know better and the links and stats bear me out. That's why I said we can't go by anecdotal evidence.

In fact my reference wasn't even about you CJ and your anecdotes. It was about the people who "see" what they want - people like tony on ASK who constantly whine that they are the only hard workers around and that so many others are moochers. That's their worldview speaking more than either the evidence OR actual personal experience, anecdotal as that may be.

Abuse of any program is an argument for better enforcement and nothing else. It's certainly not an argument to cut services. Baby with the bath water and all that.

Merrill wants to talk about "truth" but has nothing to cite at all and certainly nothing to back up the claim that there are rampant problems. I'd post more links that disprove that but I doubt you read the first two.
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Besides the laziness of the alleged large numbers of moochers there is also the intellectual laziness of many here that won't do the legwork to find out what percentage of fraud there actually is, how that changed radically in the 90's and why it is sadly so necessary to many people now - especially in this economy.

And of course this fraud is nothing compared to the tax shenanigans and waste in war machines. Someone buying junk at Walmart upsets them but billions thrown away elsewhere they don't care about it, either because they are ignorant of it or filter it out.
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Trailbry, I'm not feeling the love, bro :)
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What other people do or say on ask.com is not my concern or my affair. If you have problems with them, take it up with them. Don't complain to me about them behind their backs. What kind of person does that make you?
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communism, joking but it would work, but getting rid of the poor class would get rid of the upper class creating another poor class as well as another upper class. so really you cant get rid of it

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that only works until you run out of other people's money to spend
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then you just borrow money
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And then they run out of money and you can never pay it back
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what do you think is happening in your backyard now
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Exactly
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If I were the president I would create jobs for everyone who is not employed. That way people will be earning something and at the end of the day almost everyone will be able to get something that can sustain them. I would also take back those who are willing to go back to school and make the country's economy cheaper for everyone to afford.

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Government can only create jobs by taking other job creators money.
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Don't give Billions or our dollars we don't have to countries like Egypt that hates our ally Israel and keep that money and create jobs. 5 Billion dollars could really create jobs. Also instead of giving Egypt 100 f-16's dont give any away so that cant use them against our allies.

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How about letting the tax payers keep their own money instead of giving it to the government who is inept at handling our money?
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Lower taxes
Decrease spending
Repeal obamacare
Cut back on entitlements
And one of my favorites..why are we borrowing money from China while we're giving them millions in foreign aid?

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my wholehearted agreement
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Thank you vlegolasv!
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Good point.
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Thank you Amanda!
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Get out of the way of capitalism. It alone has raised more people out of poverty than any system in the history of the world. You can not create wealth by spreading it around, as this president would have low information voters believe.

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cradhika

Education.

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I would call on churches to send their members to go out into their neighborhoods and determine and care for the needs of those who live around them. In America, there are churches on almost every block,and they could collect money and fund raise for their neighbor's needs. They could work with grocery stores and restaurants , and clinics, and dentists, Walmarts and building material stores to provide donated or discounted foods, materials, and services. I would make it worth their while with tax deductions and other incentives . The church members could volunteer babysitting, and resume writing, car repairs, and whatever other service is needed, every member has a talent that somebody could use This would be a useful exercise for the churches who are taught to serve selflessly,and for the neighborhoods that they would serve! If I were the President, I would give the citizens the power to help other citizens! It would bring us closer together, and make us more self-reliant! Thank you for asking a great question!

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I think cradhika hit the nail on the head, we need to educate people to prepare them for the work force. Our education system should address the needs of all young people up to the age of 21 with either a college education or trade school, depending on what they feel drawn to. Those who can't work could assist with day care for working parents. If people had the skills to work, I believe that a majority of them would do so, instead of living on public assistance. I think we should remember the words: Give a man a fish and you feed him for one day, teach him to fish and you feed him for the rest of his life. As to limiting the number of children a person on public assistance can have, a state in the South required mothers of three or more children to have Inplant birth control inserted. This law was eventually overturned as I recall, but I thought it was a very good idea. If you can't support them, don't have them.

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Welfare should be given first to intact families, as poverty is most closely associated with single-parent families. There should be a waiting period for single-parent families to receive any assistance that isn't there for intact families. This encourages marriage and reduce poverty.

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create much stricter laws regarding eligibility for welfare/unemployment/etc. if we need any at all. Once those people do not have a free income, they will have no choice but to work hard and perhaps rise up. I know many people are on such programs who /do/ work hard, but i do not speak for them

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Excellent answer!
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Thank you
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Infrastructure repair,jobs program, someone said, were a super power with a 3rd world electric grid. We can also include, highways, bridges, sewer and water systems, falling apart. We're a mess, need to fix it. Lots of jobs could be created.all this work would produce years of employment.

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