How to ACTUALLY end Poverty

(***Sincere thanks to Dapper Dan over at Principles, Not Men blog for alerting us to this***)

As much as I read, I was not hip to this guy. A brief bio:

Rev. Robert A. Sirico received his Master of Divinity degree from the Catholic University of America, following undergraduate study at the University of Southern California and the University of London. During his studies and early ministry, he experienced a growing concern over the lack of training religious studies students receive in fundamental economic principles, leaving them poorly equipped to understand and address today’s social problems. As a result of these concerns, Fr. Sirico co-founded the Acton Institute with Kris Alan Mauren in 1990.

The rest of his bio can be found HERE.

This clip is only two minutes long, but it highlights what we already know: if we truly want to end dependency and reduce relative poverty, we have to make people self-sufficient. The most charitable man in the world can’t end poverty by giving stuff away.

Hey, Uncle Sam: Are you listenin’??

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8 responses to “How to ACTUALLY end Poverty

  1. Poverty is a state of mind, the “poverty level” was created to promote class warfare and to further the agenda of the liberals. The “poverty level” deems that everyone should have a certain amount of money, doesn’t matter that it’s not their own money, anybody’s money will do, thus the welfare system of today. Where is it written that everyone should start on a level financial playing field?

    Poverty used to mean the working poor, the people who tried and tried but just couldn’t quite manage to make ends meet, they didn’t know that they lived in poverty, they just kept plugging away at it.

    Today poverty has a whole new meaning, it’s a way of life without without any of the sacrifices and hard work of our grandparents and great grandparents, that’s not poverty, that’s laziness and slave mentality.

    I wrote an article on this very subject that you may find interesting.

    http://phoebe53.wordpress.com/2012/02/08/listen-up-liberals-welfare-is-not-a-sustainable-solution/

    You can never end poverty as long as entitlement mindset remains, you can minimize it by not helping those who refuse to help themselves.

    • Excellent points, Phoebes. And exactly why I used the term “relative” poverty. America has the richest ‘poor’ in the world; heck, the richest poor in the HISTORY of the world, in fact.

      It actually reminds me of an old Sam Kinison routine that was released after he died, which was remarkably conservative in tone, about poverty. It was how the REAL poor of the world (in his example, the Kurds) would “kick someone’s a** to be poor & homeless in America”.
      And you know what?
      It’s still true.

      No one is emigrating FROM the U.S to anywhere else, not even the Libs who promise to, every time they lose an election.

      There will always be folks who cannot take care of themselves: mentally, emotionally, whatever. That’s built into the odds, and no one is talking about taking them off assistance and throwing them into the streets.

      BUT:
      the guy who is on welfare, yet is physically & mentally able to work, but rather than finding a job, he’s working on beating his best score on “Call Of Duty: Black Ops”??

      Yeah, THAT guy getting tossed into the street I wouldn’t have a problem with……

  2. Hey, Phoebe,
    Just read your article: really good.
    And your point dovetails with this nicely.

    I was raised by parents who were poor. Even based on the times, they were poor (1940’s). BUT, they were as you described in your post: clean, fed, employed. When I hear stories of their Christmas ‘presents’, it sounds like a Dickens novel. They had pride and self-respect, and they expected no charity.
    In fact, they GAVE to charities, to help the REAL poor.

    It’s mindset, as you described. And it’s gonna be…challenging…to get people back to anything even approaching that way of thinking.

  3. Totally off topic but how can you post on wordpress today, I’m not able to post at all, haven’t been since yesterday morning?

    • I think there’s a ghost in the machine, IYKWIM.

      The site has been “buggy” for the last 4 days for me: Several times today, I was getting multiple Likes & Follows, yet no hits. Comments left….and no hits. Then *poof*, it was back to normal 2-3 hours later.
      My blog posts this weekend didn’t even show up in “Blogs I follow”, until Sunday afternoon.

      So, if you are suddenly having weird, unusual issues, I’d surmise there is a software issue somewhere.
      Perhaps they are having server issues? Pehaps they’re doing updates to different data bases at different times?

      Search me….

  4. Wow, that is a great video. A simple graph of poverty rate vs. welfare spending shows this principle that government handouts do NOT bring people out of poverty.

    http://cosmoscon.com/2011/10/26/poverty-rate-and-welfare-spending/

  5. Govt wants us all on welfare so they can have total control of us, to keep us enslaved and we love it. As long as the govt is providing for us then we won’t dissent and will continue to gleefully do their bidding.

    Welcome to the land of the happy slaves.

    • “Welcome to the land of the happy slaves.”

      Thanks, Phoebe! Now, all I can think of is BLAZING SADDLES, and Burt Gilliam asking the railroad salves if they know any good “workin’ songs”….

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