do about poverty in America. If you want details you can listen to any long
cycle news channel, but just be sure that you don’t just listen to Fox News.
Get more balanced coverage by also listening to either CNN or MSNBC. I’m just going
to discuss the pros and cons as I see them, so perhaps I can provide another
voice to help you form an opinion about his plan.
much greater detail than ever before.
the unfortunate dooms them to a state of perpetual poverty by making them feel “entitled”.
is lots of proof that they don’t. Handing 50 disparate states a large chunk of
taxpayers’ cash begins well and ends with those dollars being diverted to “more
deserving” or “more pressing” state programs.
benchmarks to be met as people (Americans) move through the process. Rewards
and punishments are built in for people who meet or do not meet their
benchmarks. This sounds like a neat and tidy system but this is a complicated
construct that relies on hiring well-trained and effective counselors. It is
unlikely, based on prior experience with such programs, that all counselors
will be equally competent in every case. It is also unlikely that small towns,
villages, and rural areas will be able to offer the same quality and extent of services
as larger urban areas, which means that equal opportunities cannot be
but they do not postulate a system that has ever actually been shown to work.
counseling or with accountability. However, I have no faith whatsoever in block
grants to the states.
to succeed in this system. It is not exactly “throw them in the deep end and
see if they can swim”; it is more like “give them lessons with water wings on,
take the water wings off and throw them in the deep end where they will either
swim or drown”. His structures still require a safety net.
animals forced into a praise/blame framework with their family’s sustenance or
lack thereof on the line when the fault for failure could just as easily lie
with the program as with those the program is supposed to be assisting.
encouragement and positive reinforcement, with plenty of options for personal
development; options that work. Conservatives and people who begrudge the use
of tax monies paid by people-who-have for people-who-don’t-have, always insist
that shaming be part of any social welfare system. Surely by now we must have
determined that shaming doesn’t work to stimulate anything but resentment and
stubborn refusal to “cooperate”.
pros but he does deserve some praise for digging deeper, even if he did his
research with his end conclusions already in place. According to the scientific
method, if you already have settled on unshakable assumptions it will be
impossible to conduct a truly objective study. Of course we also know how
Conservatives feel about science.
solutions that will work for the least fortunate Americans and that he needs to
turn these budget proposals over to someone who is not starting from Ayn Rand
(whose ideas are still forming the base of his construct). He is biased and
therefore not the person we should look to for restructuring our social safety
net and helping Americans rise from poverty.