We need a bill for this? Really? Instead of wasting time and tax money to study
this, our legislature would be better served to heed the words of Benjamin
Franklin. He lived in a time when poverty was horrific compared to today. Mr.
Franklin had it right when he said, “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.”When it comes
to welfare, W.I.C. and Medicaid, society has gone out of its way to take away
any stigma in receiving it. The result is generations of people who have no
motivation or desire to support themselves. Yet, we have laws against keeping
and feeding wild animals because they will become dependent on us. Apparently,
making people dependent on handouts is okay.
There is no need for a study here. We already know that intergenerational
poverty is caused by government welfare programs that pass out money and
benefits, with no work expected in return. This can have no outcome but
intergenerational poverty. Each generation becomes dependant on entitlement
programs for survival, and comes to believe that this is a normal state of
existence. To eliminate this problem, we must follow the guiding principle that
a man must work for his bread and if he will not work, he will not eat.
So where are the funds coming from to pay for this Commission? If a study
already has been done why dowe need another Commission? I believe
education will reduce those numbers drastically. Not only education about theABC's but educating our youth who need to understand more about values,
about self esteem and how they present themselves to an employer. I'd
rather we put more money into Boys and Girls clubs and the like so there are
some goodexamples around our children then put more money into another
study. At the end of the day the Commission says"Yep we have a problem
Scotty". Who thinks of these things?
I think the legislature needs to go home before they spend any more money on
wasteful studies. Welfare assistance should be available only after extended
families have exhausted all their resources to help each other out in an
emergency. When government gets involved, the solution is always to spend more
money to solve the problem. All that does is to create more assistance.
Just copy the PA that found that a single mother living on welfare has to earn
$69,000 to equal what she gets on welfare.The commission is not
needed, just common sense.If you want to stop intergenerational
poverty, make them uncomfortable in their poverty.
So, if this bill passes, half the Governor's cabinet will get together a
couple times each year and talk about why children from poor families do not
instantly become rich the day they turn 18?
It seemsTheMentality here is that people in intergenerational poverty are just
lazy and being encouraged to be lazier by a system that gives them handouts. No
social program is freely given. Every one of them requires seeking work or
proving inability to work. I can tell you from 15 years experience and looking
at the data that they all want to better themselves. There are many factors that
prohibit them from pulling themselves out of the crab bucket. I have seen the
programs work. Sure there is the occasional (insignificant) abuser of the
system. These people are regularly caught and made to pay funds back. By and
large, those who have the capacity, use the programs as a stepping stone to self
sufficiency and the rest are those in our communities who literally do not have
the capability to fish for themselves. I believe a society is truly measured by
how we view and treat these people. these are the intergenerationally homeless
and the mentally ill and even those who have contributed to their own problems
by drug or alcohol addiction. These are literally the least among us and you
want to make it harder for them? I'm disappointed.
To "gudnuf4guvwrk" wanting to better yourself and actually working to
better yourself is the difference.Read "How is poverty
transmitted intergenerationally and what might bedone to stop it in its
tracks?" at Chronic Poverty. They describe how in the countries that suffer
from intergenerational poverty the people do not work or instill in their kids
the desire to do what it takes to leave the system. However, they do highlight
a group in Peru that through work and effort have been able to improve their
situation and the education of their kids.Most everybody has the
ability to "fish for themselves", the problem is that many want to fish
but don't want to do the work involved to fish.