Proof That We Will Never Get Rid of Poverty

The reason many on the left are always able to convince themselves and others, that the government needs to do more to solve certain problems in the world, is that they will always be able to point to at least one more case in which things are not perfect. This, of course, is because perfection is unattainable.

Liberals point to the poor people and suggest that the government needs to spend more tax dollars to raise their standard of living. Ask yourself the following question, though:  if the government were to hand every single poor person one million dollars, would poverty become a thing of the past?

I think absolute not. Why? Well, it is said that as many as 70% of lottery winners squander all their winnings in a short time. Those who were poor before winning the lottery usually end up poor again. If millions do not help some get out of poverty, what will?

There are those that need only a little bit of help, so they can get back to caring for themselves, and there are those whose mindset will never allow them to raise their standard of living.

We will never get rid of poverty, and I’m not suggesting that we stop trying. I am suggesting however, that we stop trying to do it through government, for we are only providing it a never-ending excuse to keep growing, while the problems only get worse.

I am for doing good to the poor, but…I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. I observed…that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.  – Benjamin Franklin

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  • Another problem is the definition of “poor.” If you live in America and have a decent place to live with heat, air conditioning, a refrigerator, dishwasher, running (hot) water, oven, stove, microwave, TV, computer and internet. And you own a car and a cell phone and have plenty to eat. A lot of people still consider that dirt poor….it’s a problem of expectations. Many people in other countries would consider that extremely well off. To unappreciative Americans that could be someone on welfare….

  • No amount of money can vanquish poverty of the mind.

    • Exactly. People will always end up exactly how they feel comfortable. If they are comfortable having only $1,500 in their bank account, they will sub-consciously sabotage themselves to end up with no more than that amount. No amount of money will change that. There needs to be a change in mindset.

  • I just printed off this artlcie on poverty. It is a very thought provoking piece and is excellent at portraying the needs of those living in with significantly less than they require to have a chance at a healthy lifestyle!May we, as educators, begin to realize the situations many of our students come from when they walk through our doors. It is amazing that many do as well as they do!!Lets work together to put an end to poverty in SK!!

  • Jeffh

    Would you rather give someone a fish for dinner, or teach them how to fish?