What could be done to help the poor

homeless man on the street
@mydanods (6720)
Nigeria
March 9, 2018 10:18pm CST
Many people do not want the government to start running numerous programs for the poor. They say it encourages laziness. Disability, social security etc only make people want to stay at home. Yet, there are many people who are entitled to this provisions. In Africa, the government does next to nothing for people yet the poor are able to survive but in America where the government does lots for the people, there are still homeless people. This is really surprising to me. The poor exist everywhere whether the government intervenes or not. I want to ask: what could be done to help the poor? Can the government do enough? By the way, good morning everyone. I hope you had a lovely night. And for those about to go to sleep, enjoy your sleep.
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@anikoonline (3353)
• Hungary
10 Mar 18
I think a government program is needed. People with disabilities can't work, but we should let them suffer because of money as they suffer enough because of the illness.
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• New Delhi, India
10 Mar 18
Even if they are suffering from an illness , think how bad it feels for them. We cant let them suffer.
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@mydanods (6720)
• Nigeria
10 Mar 18
No, we cannot let people with disabilities suffer. That is why I admire western countries.
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• Hungary
10 Mar 18
@mydanods I agree.
@ridingbet (63603)
• Philippines
10 Mar 18
there are some poor people here who are so dependent on asking money and begging from others, which should not be allowed.
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@mydanods (6720)
• Nigeria
10 Mar 18
But if someone is poor due to circumstances out of his control, can we not help him or her in some way?
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@ridingbet (63603)
• Philippines
10 Mar 18
@mydanods we can, provided they are really that poor and cannot even afford to have a job, or especially those who have disabilities.
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@mydanods (6720)
• Nigeria
10 Mar 18
@ridingbet The government and its agencies would have a way to determine that but right now it is not being done.
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• New Delhi, India
10 Mar 18
I just feel like beating up those people who go against against taking up steps for social reform.
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@mydanods (6720)
• Nigeria
10 Mar 18
You can talk sense into them why beat them up. That would be violence.
• Cuddalore, India
10 Mar 18
Non governmental organizations usually called as NGO's can help poor. They can conduct campaign and fund collection events. So they can contribute this for poor.The money can be split between poor's to start new business or ask them to invest in existing business .
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@mydanods (6720)
• Nigeria
10 Mar 18
All laudable in theory but in practice hardly achievable.
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• Cuddalore, India
10 Mar 18
@mydanods yes but steps can be taken and its achievable thing only.
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• Cuddalore, India
10 Mar 18
@mydanods I agree. It's not a one day process and it might take few years .
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• Preston, England
10 Mar 18
welfare reform is essential everywhere
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• Preston, England
14 Mar 18
@mydanods we will never solve everything. We just have to do all that we can
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@mydanods (6720)
• Nigeria
15 Mar 18
@arthurchappell We have never solved anything the last time I checked. Just substituting one problem for another. We have to do all we can to make life bearable though.
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• Preston, England
15 Mar 18
@mydanods yes that is very much how it goes
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@sjvg1976 (18343)
• Delhi, India
11 Mar 18
Government alone can't do good for the poor. It's people who can help them by donating money, clothes and other useful things.
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@mydanods (6720)
• Nigeria
11 Mar 18
Donating solves nothing. How long will people keep donating?
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@sjvg1976 (18343)
• Delhi, India
11 Mar 18
@mydanods till they have enough to donate to others.
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@mydanods (6720)
• Nigeria
11 Mar 18
@sjvg1976 It can create a new generation of lazy people.
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@iridion9 (11535)
• Philippines
10 Mar 18
It's not a problem There are so many foundations already around the world. Sometimes these people are not helping themselves and wanted to dwell on the streets.
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@mydanods (6720)
• Nigeria
10 Mar 18
I have discovered that most of these foundations are scams. They are there to fill their own pockets.
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@iridion9 (11535)
• Philippines
10 Mar 18
@mydanods Really? How about the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
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@mydanods (6720)
• Nigeria
11 Mar 18
@iridion9 There are exceptions though but the majority are scams. Many churches here even open their own because they have discovered that people donate to foundations because they want to feel good doing good. They have invented a new method to fleece the people.
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@Starmaiden (7837)
• Canada
10 Mar 18
I advocate on behalf of the homeless and impoverished here in my province of Nova Scotia, Canada. I have lived 7 consecutive years in a homeless situation and these struggles have given me a powerful voice. In truth, the government of any country would be a greater service to the people if it was to GIVE the people what they need as opposed to taking it away from them. Here is the link to an email I wrote to the Premier of my Province. A friend of mine published it in the Nova Scotia Advocate paper. Our focus here is to bring awareness of the connection between poverty and mental illness.
“For many years I held full time employed positions, mainly minimum wage, and have paid my taxes dutifully to this government. Then something happened in my life that rendered me and my 16 ye…
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@mydanods (6720)
• Nigeria
10 Mar 18
Has the premier taken action on the problems you raised with community services in your letter?
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• Canada
10 Mar 18
@mydanods I did receive a response and yes, they are working to reform the social assistance program in my province. It won't happen overnight but it will happen. There are many voices making themselves heard. :-)
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@mydanods (6720)
• Nigeria
10 Mar 18
@Starmaiden That's good to hear.
• Richfield, Utah
11 Mar 18
My take is, basic living should be capped at a certain amount, meaning housing should not go over a certain amount, food should not go over a certain amount, bring back the discount stores, make things built to last. Don't be greedy, get only what you need. Keep the needs basic, let's bring back it's a real treat for special occasions. Simple basic compassion and empathy is the key piece needed. Supply and demand is another word for just sticking it to people.
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@mydanods (6720)
• Nigeria
11 Mar 18
Without supply and demand, resources will be wasted. Resources are still wasted now though but no supply and demand makes it more.
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@dya80dya (15375)
• Romania
10 Mar 18
I think the poor people should be helped. Government has to help these people. If poor people are healthy they need jobs.
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@mydanods (6720)
• Nigeria
11 Mar 18
They really need jobs. The jobs though are not coming.
• Philippines
10 Mar 18
Some people just can't get over their situation specially if they like to waste money most of the time. I have done some donating to charities and random people. but that's as far as I can go.
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@mydanods (6720)
• Nigeria
10 Mar 18
By donating you're doing well. It's part of helping the world to rise above poverty to donate to those who are without life's necessities.
@kepweng (24154)
• United States
10 Mar 18
Millionaires Billionaires can ONLY help poor and needy
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@mydanods (6720)
• Nigeria
10 Mar 18
You don't have to be a millionaire or billionaire to do your part.
@sw8sincere (5271)
• Philippines
10 Mar 18
I guess we can be a help for those poor people if we help them learn new skills. Those skills can be applied to possible jobs which can pay them money.
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@mydanods (6720)
• Nigeria
10 Mar 18
Everybody knows that's what they need but why is it not being done or nothing seems to be solving the problem?
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@vandana7 (70865)
• India
10 Mar 18
I believe it is very difficult to plan for unexpected set of people. Look at it like this..when you draw up cash flows ...you have clear cut estimate of how many employees you would have how big a premises you would take on rent, how much material would be bought and how much would be the production. Based on such data, you determine your price that leaves some profit in your hand for enjoyment. In case of social sphere when a family has 9 kids government cannot generate employment for them all! You see, the monies that could have been used to part finance setting up of some manufacturing unit has been used up in food, education, and medication of the 9 kids. Effectively, the government is left with nothing even for 2 of them, which is parents replacement number. I would say unless people get it in their nut that having more children reduces the number of tax payers and increases insatiable hunger in the country which leads to increase in crime rates, there is no way any social program gonna work. Based on demand and supply curve, the labor charges start dwindling, and reach a level when the person finds it not worthwhile to undertake some chore since payment is insufficient for the minimum requirement - minimum requirement being four square meals and a roof with some monies for transport and medical emergencies. This is when the person is so dejected that he does not see any point in working and becomes lazy. Laziness becomes a habit. There is no point in giving them free homes or monies to get pregnant. Any charity or government social expenditure should be for a limited time frame, except in case of those with disabilities. Out here, we are soon going to overtake china in terms of population. But populist measures such as giving monies to people for pregnancy still exist. Likewise, government gives the poor small homes FREE OF COST. Is that not unfair considering that government cannot give to all poor but only some based on lottery system? If instead it retained those homes, and had offered to lease the premises for a span of 25 years, at lower rent, it would be having a self sustaining system. Most of the social expenditures the way they are going do not serve a positive purpose. They do not reduce poverty. What is the point?
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@mydanods (6720)
• Nigeria
10 Mar 18
So you think government is not out to help the poor but when it does say it is doing so, it is pursuing an anti-poor agenda?
@toniganzon (55243)
• Philippines
10 Mar 18
A livelihood program. That way you’re not really teaching them to be lazy but to earn for themselves. Most poor people are in that situation due to lack of job opportunities.
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@mydanods (6720)
• Nigeria
10 Mar 18
A program like that could be of help but I see the rich using it to help only themselves and their relatives. Politics is also a big problem about it. It happened here in my country when it was proposed.
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