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Sunday, January 08, 2006

The real cause of poverty 

This was a letter to the editor (1/6) in my hometown newspaper:
CAUSE AND EFFECT

Poor are often responsible for their circumstances

David Bamberger was right that it is hard to see one person living in poverty from the top of Pikes Peak ("Those who live in poverty often hard for us to see," Other Voices, Jan. 1). But when you come down to street-level, the picture becomes a little clearer.

In my 75 years I have met quite a few poor people. I have yet to meet a single one who did not materially contribute to his own poverty, usually by coasting through school or dropping out instead of studying hard and taking subjects that would be useful in earning a living.

Poor people also have a tendency to spend every nickel. They don't put their money to work in good investments. Don't tell me they have no money to invest. I see many of them who have money to buy cigarettes, and a distressing number even find money to buy booze and dope. In my personal experience, most people in poverty are volunteers for their own poverty.

No one in this wonderful country has to remain poor forever. In fact, two studies that I know of show that over a decade or two, more people in the poverty bracket move to the top income bracket than the number who remain in poverty.

What most poor people need is a good swift kick in the butt to get them to make the right decisions. What they don't need is people with ideas to eliminate any of their personal responsibility to perform, and to accept responsibility for their total support. When underachievers get all their needs provided for free, you'll have a system set in concrete. If you don’t believe this, take a look at welfare costs before and after LBJ's War on Poverty was enacted in 1964.

Warren Langley

Colorado Springs

-Daddy Brooklyn  19:11 EST | |

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