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Ronald Reagan famously said, “We fought a war on poverty and poverty won.” With 46 million Americans—15 percent of the population—now counted as poor, it’s tempting to think he may have been right.

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Perspective, Pages 81 on 11/11/2012

Print Headline: Why can’t we end it?

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  • drs01
    November 11, 2012 at 10:41 a.m.

    Maybe if you factored in the 12-20 million illegals who are driving down the wage levels because they want to live here regardless of the money they are paid, and they are politically powerless (as illegals) to change it, then we would see wages rise. Once we solve our immigration problems, the statistical landscape of "poverty" in this country will change dramatically. But before that occurs we must face the reality that the role of government must change. We can no longer afford to pay for the bad choices many Americans have made. It's time to cut our losses and push them over the fiscal cliff where they belong.

  • TigerInArk
    November 11, 2012 at 11:23 a.m.

    The answer to poverty is easy: let's borrow more money from China and give it to people who don't want to work. America was built by a strong work ethic. Now, there is a strong anti-work ethic, i.e. entitilements. drs01: why do Democrats and Republicans in D.C. not want to stop illegal immigration from Mexico?

  • NoUserName
    November 11, 2012 at 11:32 a.m.

    Oh lord. Illegals are not the answer to every problem in this country. Nor are 'entitlements' - at least on the face - or people who apparently lack 'work ethic.' The problem is multifaceted.

  • cliffcarson
    November 11, 2012 at 12:05 p.m.

    Such a great and insightful article.
    And it is truly worthy of serious examination.

    drs01 blamed it on illegals who are willing to work for less, but failed to mention the people who are willing to pay them less. drs01, I would really like to have a serious discussion about users and losers one that is not laced with Political dogma. Is this possible with you?

    TigerinArk says "lets borrow more money from China and give it to the people who don't want to work. TigerinArk that scornful comment will never cure poverty and I am pretty sure you know it. Could you and I have a serious discourse on eliminating poverty without spouting Political dogma? Do you think this is possible?

    And NoUserName , you nailed it absolutely. Do you think the four of us could seriously focus on what can be done to eliminate poverty and keep Political dogma out of it?

    Poverty from my perspective is seldom what any person would choose given a choice. Can we discuss what is the basic causes of poverty and then choose the four most likely causes and after that can we see if we can find the four most likely actions that could most likely reduce the level of poverty to a minimum?

    And anyone else interested for that matter?

  • Bart
    November 11, 2012 at 2:29 p.m.

    Good luck with ending poverty in America. The government stood by while all those illegals invaded, took jobs, welfare benefits and delivered masses of Anchor Babies at we citizens expense. How many millions of them? Nobody knows. Fundamental question? Is it a government responsibility to end poverty? As defined by the author of this article those in poverty are "single mothers, minorities". Race and gender. As pointed out by drs01, these need to make better choices. They keep getting pregnant and the boys drop out of school. Why are they in Poverty? DUH?

  • Jfish
    November 11, 2012 at 2:56 p.m.

    I believe that drs is partially correct, but nobody wants to talk about overpopulation either. In100 years, the U.S. will probably look similar to China. The thousands of jobs added to our economy annually is usually not even been enough to keep up with new people entering the work force. So yes it is time to curb the immigration, but we need to also talk about a 1 or 2 child policy here.

  • cliffcarson
    November 11, 2012 at 3:28 p.m.

    Bart and JFish

    People come to America for opposite reasons than the Corporations send jobs offshore.
    Those that come to America are looking for a better life and they don't mind working for it. Those Corporations that send jobs offshore do so because they can get cheap labor. Do you have an idea about how this could be stopped? I am speaking of influx of illegal's AND the outflow of American Jobs.
    I once did some research and found that if the illegal's were all placed in one state for illegal's, it would be the fifth largest State in America. I wonder how many jobs have been outsourced since Nixon- either of you know?

  • DontDrinkDatKoolAid
    November 11, 2012 at 3:37 p.m.

    With the labor pool at 23 plus Million Americans not counting 11 plus million wet backs, why not use Operation Wet Back which was done during Ike's administration. It would be a very good start. Also remove Federal funding to States that provide tax payer assistants to illegals. This would cut deficit spending.
    Alabama, Montana, Wyoming have nullified Obamacare, and it is just a matter of time to see if the job markets take off in those States. Other regulations play a major part where jobs are concerned, however that too is also a myriad of problems.
    Tax code(s) A flat National sales tax 7.5 percent on everything for everybody. This would also include Corporations and the like. Then to the addition to Corporations and the like, and Companies, 25 percent tax on profit. Thus eliminating write offs and favoritism.
    Single parents with children. Well wheres the other parent to shake down.
    To say to leave out Political dogma when Politics are driving the problem, well sounds kind of ______.

  • YouForReal
    November 11, 2012 at 3:44 p.m.

    How many Americans are fighting for the right to work all day in the fields picking produce, roofing, planting pine trees. The illegal aliens aren't here taking our jobs. They're here doing the jobs Americans won't do. Alabama sent them home and crops rotted in the fields!! We complain about working inside in a fast food restaurant. Do you really think we want their jobs??

  • RonalFos
    November 11, 2012 at 4:07 p.m.

    We don't have an immigration policy because many business owners (see Republicans) want cheap labor. Out of one side of their mouths they blast illegals in he country for public consumption then hire every illegal they can find to keep wage scales low for everyone.