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Old 01-21-2007, 09:48 PM
 
Location: Maine
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Go read What's Wrong With the World by G.K. Chesterton. Written almost 100 years ago, but nothing has changed. Still as true today as it was then.
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Old 01-27-2007, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Cookeville Tn.
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I belive that people are poor by choice. It is the poor choices that they have made in life. Alcohol, drugs, crime, pregnancy and a number of other poor choices.
America has had a war on poverty since the 60's. Just like the drug war it has done nothing to change things for the good.

The Dems have always pitted the poor against the rich in a class war. Have you ever worked for poor people. Do you know any poor people that own factories. Rich people employ the poor people. I have heard that 62% of the people under the poverty level do not work at all. They look to the government for survival. Where dose the government get its money. It produces no product and sells no service. It takes money from some to pay for services for others.
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Old 01-27-2007, 01:23 PM
 
Location: Your mind
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I belive that people are poor by choice. It is the poor choices that they have made in life. Alcohol, drugs, crime, pregnancy and a number of other poor choices.
America has had a war on poverty since the 60's. Just like the drug war it has done nothing to change things for the good.

The Dems have always pitted the poor against the rich in a class war. Have you ever worked for poor people. Do you know any poor people that own factories. Rich people employ the poor people. I have heard that 62% of the people under the poverty level do not work at all. They look to the government for survival. Where dose the government get its money. It produces no product and sells no service. It takes money from some to pay for services for others.
62%? That's impossible. The U.S. has like a 13% poverty rate and a 5% unemployment rate, plus not every unemployed person is poor. The "poor people are poor because they want to be" argument sounds nice and has the effect of divulging you of any responsibility to your fellow man, but I wouldn't make that claim without some real evidence to back it up. It's hard to stop being poor when you grow up only knowing and associating with other poor people for your entire childhood/non-adult life. America's had an ineffective war on poverty because we never tried hard enough and we didn't implement it well. Other countries have done much better in that regard.
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Old 01-27-2007, 03:15 PM
 
Location: Haddington, E. Lothian, Scotland
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I belive that people are poor by choice.
"Half of all bankruptcies (affecting 2 million Americans) in America each year are caused by health care costs."
- Harvard Medical School/Harvard Law School, Feb 2005

Poverty is a choice made so much easier by a good case of cancer.
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