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The High Cost of Poverty

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the solution to this problem isn't simply pouring money into these areas. i have no idea what it is, but more money don't seen like it'll solve it. maybe we look at the education around there. i can imagine education around there is pathetic. maybe focus on that.

then there's the environment. usually it's these kinds of conditions that force people towards crime, prostitution, and gangs. i'm not condoning their way of coping with their situation, but i can see why they would do such actions. attack that maybe. but money, no. maybe if the money is watched correctly and uses properly it'll help, but otherwise, no

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I'm not condoning throwing money at it, I'm just condoning sympathy, that's ALL I'm saying. To say the article is BS is complete BS and being an asshole as well, completely turning your back on a large part of our society.

Education probably has a lot to do with it. Drug/alcohol education is another thing that needs to be looked at. Maybe we should end our war on drugs and stop trying to to destroy the drug trade at it's source and put that money to the items above. It's for sure our 50 year approach to the drug trade is not working...

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It costs more money to put an 18 year old in prison for 5 years for a crack-cocaine conviction, than it would to get him a bachelor's degree.

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I've known a lot of people that got whatever help from friends, family, the community, that they needed, because they were doing what they had to do for a better life.

And then, there's the polar opposite, sitting in their trailer, spending their last 120 bucks on an ounce of pot and a case of beer, talking about what their next tattoo will be while chain smoking a carton of cigarettes a day, sucking off the system. Nobody wants to help them, and that's why they never stop living in a poohole.

People that want a better life go out and get a better life. (No, its not that simple. Its hard fuging work. Its a whole lot easier to just sit around on a nasty couch like a leech.) People that don't keep making the same stupid fuging mistakes over and over again. Another baby. Another beer. Another car they can't afford. A flat screen when they don't even have food in the fridge.

I doubt there is anyone on these forums that wouldn't help someone they sincerely thought was trying to make a better lives for themselves, unless they'd been burned several times by that individual already.

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It costs more money to put an 18 year old in prison for 5 years for a crack-cocaine conviction, than it would to get him a bachelor's degree.

Well, drug laws are disproportionately racist and used to prey on those living in poverty stricken areas, there's no doubt about that. Its just one part of the trap laid by both republicans and democrats.

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It costs more money to put an 18 year old in prison for 5 years for a crack-cocaine conviction, than it would to get him a bachelor's degree.

Well that depends on what school they go to. :)

You can make someone go to prison, but you can't make them go to college. To many people I knew growing up have wasted whatever talents they have in a life of cigarettes, weed, alchohol and junk food. Breaking this cycle starts at an early age. I wish there was something that the government could do, but I don't think there is. Its going to take changes in the parents.

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I would say at the epicenter of poverty is teenage pregnancy.

The cycle of poverty for many start right there. Get pregnant much earlier than normal or unexpectedly, drop out of high school, little to no support system and it's screw it from there.

Not saying someone who has a child young can't avoid the viscious cycle but it's very very hard to do.

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