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For America's Least Fortunate, The Grip Of Poverty Spans Generations

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Even in the best of economic times, America has long maintained pockets of deep and persistent poverty. From blighted urban neighborhoods like this one, hollowed out by the collapse of the steel industry more than a generation ago, to long-impoverished co

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Past Member (0)
Thursday March 1, 2012, 11:02 pm
Thanks for the information.

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Friday March 2, 2012, 6:06 am
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Friday March 2, 2012, 6:27 am
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Friday March 2, 2012, 7:17 am
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l L (1)
Friday March 2, 2012, 9:15 am
From genrations to decades; life on this planet is soooooooooooooo complexed. I find us responding to the antics of the republican party who want to get elelcted by pointing out the plight of the poor. While they live high off the hog in this land, the only time they seem to have any interest or concern about the poor is to mock them as they just try to be and survive. As usual we are left scrambling to explain why we are in the stte we are in in the first place.

Well--- they know why better than we do. Their greed and deceit and hatreds keep things the way they are. It's like they need us to say-- hey look.. we are better than you.. But they are not.. They are just better at being who they are.

Our societies have flaws and problems. With every war we are set back at just being human and teaching and nuturing our young so they can take their rightful place when it is their time for adulthood. Life is so confusing and the expectations and what is available and what is the systems we are to live by changes with politics. It is a human thing. We all suck at it. Our hatreds and biases prevent dreams from being born that could improve living for many societies cause we are the way we are. I look at the killings and the behaviors of alot of our young. The cruelty. The knowing and lack of what love really is and why without it their is no peace. We grown ups say why is this happening? I say; they get it from society at large. who are we and what hypocritical behaviors are we? I look at children who are bullied. How do they fend in a world so bizzare they don't know what to do? Their is no one to help them wade thru it. Grown ups get bullied how do they survive? some just become hermits to not deal with adverse people. I watch how we kill people will preemptive strikes. for years I have pointed out the kids are watching everything we do and say, that it doesn't match. But back to the article.
This planet could be a better place. I do -believe--. but what is truth and when will we begin to live it?

Lydia Weissmuller Price (181)
Friday March 2, 2012, 9:54 am
Poverty is indeed a trap from which there is often no escape. The so-called "safety net" is filled with holes. In Illinois jobs have disappeared at an alarming rate and many factories are no more. The few that remain have rules against the hiring of family members. Lifetime benefits for public assistance are capped at 5 years. Without money for public transportation these poor cannot even search for a job. Many well-dressed, clean people on the street are staying in shelters. Get out there and talk to people if you want a real picture of what is going on in America today. Please give your pocket change to others and offer them a meal. If you have time, listen to their story. You will be amazed to realize that many are just like you and that you are not far removed from circumstances like their own. The loss of a job, divorce, a bad move, that's all it takes to be out on the street. Once impoverished, it's most often to climb out of this deep pit without the assistance of others or a church. The government in no way provides enough assistance. These politicians with their high salaries are out of touch with reality and the American people. Nobody wants to be trapped in a "bad" or blighted neighborhood, most especially the poor. We spend so much money on war in other countries, I would like to see even 10% of that spent on the war against poverty and hunger right here in America. Bring American jobs back!

Ra Sc (8)
Friday March 2, 2012, 3:14 pm
We need to work on improving the infrastructure to get people on their feet. We need better public transit. We need good education everywhere, not just in rich neighborhoods. We need social support to help people get started or get retrained if a field they were in starts to have its jobs dry up. Nobody makes it on their own; some people are just unappreciative of the help they had along the way. And for many people, they get so little help that they have almost no chance.

Mary Donnelly (47)
Friday March 2, 2012, 5:49 pm
Thanks Cal--It was great to see so much of this information in one spot. The comments are good too.

Tom C Sullivan (98)
Friday March 2, 2012, 6:59 pm

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Saturday March 3, 2012, 5:02 am
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