Politicians over the years have made an “excuse” to ignore this common and unpleasant issue for all Americans, and it’s indeed the problem of poverty. It has been there even from where I remember, I even experienced like many other people in this country that falls from financial “grace” and end up in financial ruin. Where all you can do is survive to have a roof over your head, food on the table and being able to afford the important bills and leave just a few cents in your name. But there’s a group of individuals and families that take advantage of being poor and they have been for generations because that’s why they feel comfortable. And now, since this great recession there’s a lot of people going on the road in poverty than people getting away from it.
Republicans as well as Democrats are the responsible culprits indeed in NOT helping properly the community that “begs” themselves to be saved from the grasp of being poor. Even working in a fast-food restaurant or a bank or a store chains isn’t enough to sustain themselves and their families. But instead politicians are blaming one side or the other not making an effort to create programs that can help these families break the dependence from near crumbling social programs. This is one sure example.
Paul Ryan have 5 ways to “End Poverty” sure is a joke aimed at stubborn Americans with his poetic and long words how to beat it instead of using common knowledge and language to find out if he have any ideas. Like any other politician, he uses his charm in convincing the public that he have a brain to fix problems but sadly is just like any other career politician out there, just to get your vote for the next election that is around the corner. But at least, he’s not all that bad. He’s willing to help the convicts too, something that the rest of politicians should be ashamed of, but still his 5 ways falls out flat.
Ending poverty isn’t something you have to say, it’s about planning with economists who dealt first hand their own experience in poverty and how they overcome it. I’ll bet a few of them have been out of poverty because of an opportunity arose and they took it. Not because of social programs. Social programs instead of helping families instead are breaking them into this dependence we have today. But you might say ok, show me what’s your strategy then to solve this problem. It doesn’t take rocket science to understand it.
What’s my 5 Ways?
1. Make Food Stamps available temporarily once a year for families and individuals with the duration from 3 months to 6 months. Permanent for fixed income and the Disabled: It might sound harsh but the reality is, if you work and make money, you should be able to provide for yourself and your family. There’s no excuse of why you need the help to be permanent when all you can do for the rest of your money is cigs, alcohol and perhaps drugs. Also, this program should restrict even more on high process foods and sodas replacing it with nutritional, healthy foods, even fruits and vegetables. So thinking about buying a 1/2 elaborated sheet cake for your kid’s birthday with Foods Stamps card should be replaced with buying a simple box of cake and make it yourself.
2. Make any business accountable for outsourcing: Outsourcing companies are purely responsible for the nearly collapse of the economy and the increase in poverty from inner cities to rural areas. If they want to have their business in this country make sure they get all the help available to make their business prosper with lesser taxes and penalties. But if they decide to move to Asia, Mexico or any other foreign country where the pay is less than minimum wage, and their laws are flexible, they should be fined not in thousands but millions and that money will go towards the unemployed to help them get new trade skills to provide for their families and themselves.
3. I agree with the convict part. They shouldn’t be held punished even after jail so why don’t eliminate their criminal record in a year, if they prove themselves they could get a job, or a GED and being able to sustain themselves instead of being in and out of jail for their rest of their lives? But that’s only for misdemeanor, non-violent crimes and even drug charges like possession of an illegal substance.
4. Colleges should include programs that are in part with demand jobs. Many colleges and so-called universities are for-profit, meaning they only care about your cash, not about the quality of the courses they offer. And their curriculum are outdated most of the time. Trade schools are non-existent specially in rural areas. Their cost are very expensive that many individuals opted for loans because Pell grants doesn’t cover 100% of the cost. Create government sponsored trade schools for the low-income that could help them get the trade they want to be financially independent. As for Colleges and Universities they should be held accountable for every student graduated if he definitely got the job that he studied for they could get incentives that can actually help these colleges lower their tuition.
5. The most important thing to curb poverty: Remember the great depression in the late 20’s? The US government blamed corporations for this disaster. Not only there were millions jobless, but there were also families that needs a roof over their heads, food on their table and security. But what’s the difference today and the past? It’s that the government in that era have cojones. They blamed the rich for the whole disaster and made them accountable for the whole thing, by taxing them to nearly death. These taxes created programs that helped families and individuals from the Depression era to pick themselves up to be sufficiently independent and built the American Dream for them and their children. But now, the difference is clear, Corporations, Millionaires and Billionaires doesn’t want to pay their fair share, instead they want to quit their citizenship and move elsewhere than being accountable for their actions. Actually, the government should tax them according to inflation whether they like it or not and direct that money to housing, education, social programs, medical and other programs that can help the poor find the respite they need to break the circle. That money shouldn’t be for other than helping the poor.
What’s your 5 ways to curb poverty? Tell us!