Webb repeats the snark which infuses the Republican Party, which voters
rejected. "overly generous government programs enslave people
in cycles of poverty. Food stamps, Medicaid and subsidized housing."Webb, take a sabbatical. Spend some time with a single mother, working
a minimum wage job. Work in a soup kitchen or a medical clinic serving the
poor. Read a book, "Nickled and Dimed" would be a good start.
Interview Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, who put himself on a "foodstamp"
diet. Read about the SNAP (foodstamp) program and the demographics of those it
serves. I think we can all agree we need to continually improve,
re-evaluate programs. We need to remain vigilant in catching those who abuse
the system or commit fraud. If Republicans have ideas that don't result in
using a blunt instrument to simply cut funding. Let's hear about them.The key to reducing poverty is education, education, education. The key
to reducing abortion is education, and reducing poverty. We do a decent job of
educating the middle and upper-middle class, but we are failing the lower class
p.s.Actually, it is a vicious cycle--single motherhood makes it
difficult to climb out of poverty. Women should delay child-bearing until they
complete their education. Children should be raised by 2 parent families.
Poverty and single-parenthood can be self-perpetuating. Single mother raises
child, child becomes single mother. We need to identify and interrupt these
cycles. But not all poor are alike. I would like there to be a
national conversation on the role of men in creating these single-parent
households. What is their role in pregnancy prevention? What is their role in
the lives of their children? For the most part, women bear the emotional,
financial and physical consequences of unplanned pregnancies. Is sending young
mothers to work minimum wage jobs merely creating latch-key kids, resulting in
poor school performance and a repeat of the cycle? I reject the
characterization by Republicans of the poor merely looking for a handout.
Has the Head Start program lessen the amount of people on welfare?
Worf, do you have any evidence to show that Head Start has had no significant
benefit in reducing the number of people in poverty or improving their quality
"Americans' attitude toward their personal health, and how medical
services are compensated, must change to avoid government bankruptcy or
socialized medicine."Why in the world would we want to avoid
socialized medicine? I, for one, would welcome it with excitement for the
ability it would give millions to enjoy better health.
@Gandalf--you're putting words in my mouth. I never said Head Start has had
no significant benefit in reducing the number of people in poverty, or improving
their quality of life?We do have more people on welfare now, then
forty five years ago when Head Start started. Again. "Has the Head Start
program lessen the amount of people on welfare?