Why Are Some People Poor?

@bestboy19 (5482)
United States
December 5, 2012 10:26am CST
After watching a segment on Fox News regarding a cartoon produced by the Teacher's Union in California, it got me to wondering what opinion most people have on this subject. Is being poor the individual's fault? Society's? Family's? The Rich? The Government? Our Educational System? Unions? Employers? Or are we just victims of circumstances?
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@betty1989 (752)
• China
5 Dec 12
there is huge gap between poor and rich. We should be happy that middle class take up most. Being poor is not anyone's fault. Society is alway in progress and this gap between poor and rich will be smaller and smaller. Unfortunately, society is just not not wealthy enough to let poor disappear. That means society is not able to let everyone rich.I hope one day will.
@bestboy19 (5482)
• United States
6 Dec 12
Is it societies responsibility to make anyone rich?
• India
6 Dec 12
In some cases if society provide a leverage then a poor might try to earn and get his basic needs.
@bestboy19 (5482)
• United States
6 Dec 12
What kind of leverage?
@debrakcarey (19924)
• United States
7 Dec 12
America has an immigrant problem, why are people coming in droves to the USA? Because we USED TO BE the one country where the poor could become rich. Look at our history of immigrants becoming millionaires, like Carniges, Rockefellers, Astors, etc. Not everyone became rich, but before the government got into the business of social engineering, if one had talent, genious, luck, or worked hard...he could at least move UP the social ladder, unlike the European model where name and rank were needed to get an education or opportunity not matter talent or genious, in previous centuries. The scriptures tell us that the poor will always be with us. Why? Because not all folks are really EQUAL. Some have more drive, more talent, more opportunity, and more ambition. What America did was work to level that playing field, give all an opportunity. It took time, but we were well on our way to accomplishing that. Enter the 20th century when the leftists took over education and much of government. Now the government has made sure it is more opportune to sit and do as little as possible so there goes the motive to succeed, they've given the already rich favors so there is less opportunity, wage laws and unions make sure even those who want to work cannot enter the job market easily. Now our schools are merely places for the unions to operate, teachers cannot be fired without great cost if they do not produce or if they are harmful to the students, so there is little incentive to make sure the students learn, there goes education out the window. That means talent is overlooked or wasted. If you want to know why AMERICA has poor people,look to the social engineering of the government (presidents) of the 20th century, and our current administration starting this century.
@bestboy19 (5482)
• United States
9 Dec 12
I know you are correct. There is no incentive to make something of ourselves especially when the left is denigrating anyone (outside of their party)who does. God had it right when He told the rich to leave the edges of their fields for the poor. The difference in God's way and ours is work. God had the poor glean their portion. We have the rich glean it all then steal part of it from him to give to the poor, another example of no incentive. I wonder if there will be any incentive after the government has taken all they can from the rich and there's nothing left. Looking at Europe I'd have to say, no probably not.
@Shavkat (63448)
• Philippines
6 Dec 12
In my opinion, the old systems in the country. The greediness and corruptions continue to prevail. Majority, it is for personal gain. That makes the existence of poverty.
@bestboy19 (5482)
• United States
6 Dec 12
If you are a democracy you should be able to remove a corrupt system. If you don't, what is one to think? But I think the poor have to take some responsibility for their situation especially considering the opportunities afforded everyone today.
• India
5 Dec 12
Being poor is not something that anyone can decide you might be rich and poor the next day.So no one is to blame but ones thought process because if some is born in poor family they don't tend to progress rather depend on others so what their next generation follow is the same trait hence the widened gap between the rich and poor gets widened day by day as the population grows. Since the true character of a person can be judged when he has powers so a rich man wont help a poor but rather fulfill his own greed. Their is lot to talk but i need your views to debate.
@bestboy19 (5482)
• United States
6 Dec 12
It sounds like you're saying it's the family situation you're born in as well as the chance you are given by those born into a better situation. Why would it be the responsibility of anyone other than yourself to change you circumstances?
• Philippines
20 Dec 12
When a person is deprived by food, shelter, clothing, and welfare and cannot satisfy his needs and wants even his basic needs. That is likely poverty/poor… In a basic definition of this subject, being poor or rather poverty is simply a result of one’s incapability to earn or the lack of money and more likely it results to a barrier of one’s everyday life. Being poor or rather poverty has many causes, one factor of this is that there are less opportunities that a society is rendering to such people and that they can’t cope up with the qualifications that their society is rendering. This results to few job opportunities. Another is that people are not determined and are depressed with their low status giving them the notion that they can’t beat up what they are experiencing they create the condition that they keep themselves poor. Another factor of poverty/poor is overpopulation, this in a way puts out uneven distribution of resources in one economy wherein a society meets high standards of living making it costly throughout their lifestyle that one can’t afford or meet. With this, it makes up a high rate of inadequate education and employment opportunities.