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    Re: U.S. Poverty Climbed to 17-Year High in 2010

    Quote Originally Posted by 1Perry View Post
    Well that part is most generally true but I provide all sort of links to what I claim. What we had here is something not even worth the effort. How exactly do you look up a
    highly welfare dependant. WTF does that even mean? It's not a government classification.

    Two long-term studies, for example, found that about one in five daughters of "highly welfare dependent" mothers themselves became highly welfare dependent, with the rest showing only light welfare use or none at all.

    This is a proper way to present a study? Basically as far as that statement goes we could assume that out of 5 mothers who were "highly welfare dependant" all 5 had daughters that ended up on welfare, or maybe a few didn't. Did the other 4 show welfare use or not?

    Seriously, I'm suppose to take this seriously?
    Would the top quartile of welfare dependency suffice? Do i have to now define top quartile? You are arguing semantics.
    It is not very unreasonable that the rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more than in that proportion.
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    Re: U.S. Poverty Climbed to 17-Year High in 2010

    Quote Originally Posted by washunut View Post
    Then how do you account for the success of Germany's economy. They have a highly paid workforce and their economy is growing faster than ours.
    I honestly don't know. A poorer PR campaign that "Greed is Good!" perhaps?
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    Re: U.S. Poverty Climbed to 17-Year High in 2010

    Quote Originally Posted by What if...? View Post
    I honestly don't know. A poorer PR campaign that "Greed is Good!" perhaps?
    I think you will find that German business leaders to be no less greedy than their US counterparts. You might find that the German public is willing to pay a premium for german made product, perhaps it is the public that is less greedy?? Or perhaps the German worker has a reputation for producing superior product. Ever look at what we in the US are willing to pay for their cars.

    You will need to get past sloganeering if you want real answers to real problems.

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    Re: U.S. Poverty Climbed to 17-Year High in 2010

    Quote Originally Posted by washunut View Post
    I think you will find that German business leaders to be no less greedy than their US counterparts. You might find that the German public is willing to pay a premium for german made product, perhaps it is the public that is less greedy?? Or perhaps the German worker has a reputation for producing superior product. Ever look at what we in the US are willing to pay for their cars.

    You will need to get past sloganeering if you want real answers to real problems.
    We pay a lot more for their cars than they do!

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    Re: U.S. Poverty Climbed to 17-Year High in 2010

    Quote Originally Posted by washunut View Post
    I think you will find that German business leaders to be no less greedy than their US counterparts. You might find that the German public is willing to pay a premium for german made product, perhaps it is the public that is less greedy?? Or perhaps the German worker has a reputation for producing superior product. Ever look at what we in the US are willing to pay for their cars.
    On a relative basis, Germany imports nearly 3 times as much as the United States (much of which is attributable to their lack of natural resources).

    Source: Divide imports by real GDP
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    Re: U.S. Poverty Climbed to 17-Year High in 2010

    Quote Originally Posted by tessaesque View Post
    Not only did you take a flying leap off the cliff to make a lot of assumptions, but you put a lot of words into my mouth that I did not say.

    I'll make this painfully clear for you, and perhaps you'll actually take the time to understand what I'm saying instead of standing on your little soap box, attacking an idea I didn't express:

    1. I want to provide programs to help the poor overcome the obstacles that keep them poor, namely lack of education and job skills.
    2. I never said we should remove their benefits or let children starve in the process of helping the poor acquire the above skills.
    3. I never said that the poor are lazy or "parasites" or even blamed them for the lack of education or job skills.
    4. My point in attacking the entitlements designed to "prevent" poverty was to point out that they don't, in fact, prevent poverty. These programs sustain people who are still living in poverty despite the money/programs.

    See, I want better for the poor, and I think the programs we have no don't offer "better". I think they offer a security blanket while leaving them standing out in the cold. It doesn't solve the problem, it just makes it more tolerable.

    But by all means, turn my statement into a rich vs. poor argument. Jump to conclusions. Attack me for wanting a better program and a better opportunity for people. Go ahead. It just proves you don't care what I have to say, you just want to get up there and rant away about something not only unrelated to my argument, but completely outside of any logical interpretation of what I was saying.
    Hypothetically speaking, say all the poor were educated and gained job skills.

    I ask you the following questions:
    a) Who then would do the important but low-paying skilless jobs?
    b) Would there be enough good and equivalent jobs around?
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    Re: U.S. Poverty Climbed to 17-Year High in 2010

    Quote Originally Posted by 1Perry View Post
    I don't know. It's not worth the effort IMO.
    That's your call of course. But the study referenced likey defines what they mean by the terms they use, and give a methodology. If they don't, they can be criticised for that. But, all conclusions we draw are subject to asking for some backing.

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    Re: U.S. Poverty Climbed to 17-Year High in 2010

    Quote Originally Posted by liblady View Post
    i'm not sure what you want doesn't already exist. there are many, many education and jobs skills programs for the disadvantaged. in fact, these types of programs were part of welfare reform. and in many cases, these programs ARE mandatory. what's happening now is that despite record profits, companies are not hiring. they are sitting on their cash, giving outrageous bonuses to ceos while letting the wages of the masses stagnate. that's why providing incentives to these compaines for creating jobs is a good thing.
    It is sad how difficult it has become to buy American. Clothes and electronics come to mind. It would be worth paying more to have higher quality products made by one's neighbors, who would then put the money back into the economy and into the tax pool. The roads in my area get worse as the houses sit empty and rot. Both share the same root cause.

    We need to rethink this model, because it is not working.

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    Re: U.S. Poverty Climbed to 17-Year High in 2010

    Quote Originally Posted by Middleground View Post
    Hypothetically speaking, say all the poor were educated and gained job skills.

    I ask you the following questions:
    a) Who then would do the important but low-paying skilless jobs?
    b) Would there be enough good and equivalent jobs around?
    I'm not saying that we'll ever have 0% poverty. But if anybody is implying that because we can't achieve that goal we shouldn't bother trying I'd have to respectfully disagree. We will always have high schools kids, ambitionless aimless adults, and bored housewives who want simple, part-time, no stress jobs. Minimum wage and low skilled jobs are not the sole property of those in poverty.

    We will also always have unemployment. Most economists think that "full employment" exists with unemployment is at about 4%. That doesn't mean that we can't help many or most of those in poverty through a restructuring of the welfare system.

    The idea that there's no point because obstacles exist (which seems to be the flack I'm getting from many posters) doesn't make much sense. Nobody is looking for a program with a 100% perfect turn-around, but I think a lot of people would admit that we can create a program that does better than the status quo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Helix View Post
    It is sad how difficult it has become to buy American. Clothes and electronics come to mind. It would be worth paying more to have higher quality products made by one's neighbors, who would then put the money back into the economy and into the tax pool.
    Exactly. Before long there has to be a relocalization of economies. If people are unhappy, they need to demand a change with their wallets, by either spending strategically on the most socially beneficial companies or by doing/making it themselves.

    There are people out there, even in this country, who are living on poverty wages, barely scraping by financially, but are incredibly fulfilled as people, working hard and genuinely appreciating that work. They do not rely on big government and big business to furnish them with jobs and consumer goods. They are small farmers and homesteaders.

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