Are Democrats promoting poverty?

@Taskr36 (13925)
United States
August 21, 2008 4:18pm CST
The poverty of Democrats' ideas for cities http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/08/20/beck.cities/index.html This is a very interesting article that supports my belief that government handouts and increases in minimum wage are part of the problem and not part of the solution. Please read the article, but if you just want the crux of the article here it is: The cities with the highest poverty rates are those that have been led by democrats the longest. Now obviously correlation doesn't always equal causation. Poor people tend to vote democrat more than republican so it's possible that these places are just full of lazy poor people who are voting for democrats that will continue to foster their desire for handouts. Democrat leaders may be the result and not the cause. That's for anyone to decide. What are your opinions on this?
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@gewcew23 (8011)
• United States
21 Aug 08
Milwaukee for a hundred years has had a Democrat mayor and what to show for it high poverty. When does someone say enough is enough. When does the light bulb go off and say Democrat economic just do not work. Then there is good ole Detroit, at number 1 on the poverty chart, has there mayor in jail. Detroit has not elected a Republican mayor since 1961, come on Detroit electing another Democrat is not going to fix your problems. I know the knee jerk reaction is to keep electing them but what has it gotten those then cities that have not elected a Republican in over 45 years. What is even more amazing is that there will be someone who will respond to this discussion by saying that Republicans would just make it worse. How much worse can it get, people are abandoning those cities. Lower taxes and less regulation when tired has always improved an economy. Sure services will have to be cut, but if the economy does not improve were do you think the money for those services is going to come from. Money does not just grow on trees. Every dime that government spends is first stript from the economy before government can spend it. For every dollar that is taken out of the economy government only returns 17 cents of it.
@Taskr36 (13925)
• United States
21 Aug 08
"Detroit has not elected a Republican mayor since 1961, come on Detroit electing another Democrat is not going to fix your problems." And that's in the state that Obama and the DNC chose to disenfranchise. After reading this it shouldn't surprise me that even after being blacklisted by Democrats Obama still has a shot at winning that state in the general election.
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• United States
22 Aug 08
It is an interactive effect, meaning it is a little bit of both. These things feed each other. Either can come first, the people voting for democrat/socialist handouts or the leaders offering the freebies. Then the cycle grows and continues. Pointing these things out will get you called a cold hearted evil unfeeling person, you know. But you will be right.
@elmiko (6640)
• United States
21 Aug 08
I don't think their promoting poverty but they absolutly use it to their advantage any way they can. Keep in mind just because your democrat doesn't mean your living in poverty. Theres also middle class people and others such as alot of famous actors who are mainly democrat.
@soooobored (1187)
• United States
21 Aug 08
I don't know if you are familiar with my stance on government handouts, but I feel its pretty in line with yours. And it's an interesting idea, that Democrats enjoy (or promote) poverty, as the poor are more likely to vote Democrat (not necessarily an idea I would subscribe to, but interesting!). And you are absolutely right, minimum wage hikes did little to nothing to help with the poverty issues, and actually ended up taking away from some governmental programs that are in place to help the poor: e.g. I worked with a welfare to work program for a few years. For clients who had received welfare benefits for 60+ months (and those of you familiar with TANF I'm sure are asking yourselves, MORE than sixty months???), we were mandated to place them in a Paid Work Experience at minimum wage, so that they are "working", and not "job searching". Of course, this didn't work, it just bled an extra 20 hours x minimum wage out of the pot, which ultimately would have been used to contribute towards transportation and other supportive services. However, I still believe that democratic ideals are still in the best interest of the poverty stricken, and today's democrats are increasingly aware that handout programs don't work. The focus needs to be on education, not just school education, but consumer awareness, homeownership programs, etc.