Skip to comments.Poverty takes its toll on life expectancy (Obama's America)
Posted on 08/18/2012 7:40:02 PM PDT by GodAndCountryFirst
Were living in two Americas. But unlike 50 years ago, when Michael Harringtons The Other America shone a spotlight on poverty among certain groups within the U.S., todays other America is one of profound differences in the most precious of all commodities the length of our lives. Weve known for some time now of the health and longevity disparities between blacks and whites. But, as new findings by the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on an Aging Society, recently published in Health Affairs, demonstrate, the story about these longevity gaps has gone through some rather startling changes.
(Excerpt) Read more at thehill.com ...
It's time to end welfare. Not "welfare as we know it," but welfare -- all of it.
That's not to say we don't take care of the poor. But we have to stop ENCOURAGING and REWARDING poverty as we have over the past century (especially the past 40 years) and have done to a ridiculous degree under O-ZERO.
How do we do replace welfare? We go back to a system that worked or HUNDREDS of years before the "progressive" era: Private charity, faith-based institutions, poor farms, workhouses and the like.
All of these institutions emphasized spiritual development and labor as the way out of poverty. The poor were not coddled and made to feel like victims. They were told in a straightforward way that their poverty was not a badge of honor, but a failing that they needed to overcome. They were made to feel a healthy SHAME about their circumstances and encouraged to regain their dignity by paying back society for carrying them.
It's time. The progressive experiments have failed. Let's go back to what worked.
A pretty fair amount of clap-trap in the article...
The stress of living paycheck to paycheck,etc.
Who hasn’t done that, at some point?
Adapt, improvise and overcome.
Next obstacle, please.
The article is about education:
“Overall, in a very short span, weve seen a widening gulf between those with the least and most education in America.”
It sounds like those egghead ivory-tower brainiac professors are saying their better then us!! See how they like it when we defund all Public Universities!
I completely disagree.
Free sex and abortion and the destruction of the family unit is the problem.
It's not education and health care. Those aren't the problems - it's drug use, gang deaths ( yes, those are averaged in to how long a group lives) and stupid life choices ( smoking, alcoholism, promiscuity etc) It's liberals making people dependent and broken... to secure cheap votes.
If you are a poor adult in America, then you most likely brought it on yourself.
In a true free market, most people start their professional lives poor and end them rich. In this environment, a growing gap between rich and poor means the sky is the limit for people just entering the market place. It's a GOOD thing and means we're living in a wealthy country, not bad.
Only in countries where people are born into their class and are condemned to live out their lives in their caste is a big gap between rich and poor bad.
So now it's education. "If we dont create better education ladders for Americans to climb, we will find ourselves in a polarized country". We already have a polarized country! And there are plenty of education ladders, we just have waaaay too many people who want to be lifted by a crane because they're too fat and lazy to climb the abundant ladders that are readily available.
The kind of poverty we have in the US isn't the kind of poverty that more money will fix, so why even try?
“Who hasnt done that, at some point?”
I never have and never will, I was raised better than that!
Guess you never set out on your own; spoon-baby.
Some people didn’t do it like that.
I would be sceptical of anything funded by this foundation. It is a left wing group, not unlike the Ford Foundation.
I think it was Milton Friedman...
If you want more of something, subsidize it.
If you want less of something, tax it.
The life span differences among the races has a lot to do with infant mortality. Once you get beyond that, the differences start to disappear. At birth, black females outlive white males. Table 105. Life Expectancy by Sex, Age, and Race: 2008
What’s your handle on DU and Kos? Trying to make FR look bad doesn’t usually work, because we can see your “born on” date and also that you linked us to DU:
Decisions have consequences...
Democrats use powerful incentives to keep people dependent and broken... and many of those incentives do their worst damage when a person is young and more easily trapped...
Learned helplessness is the goal. They start in on your child from Kindergarten on. Think about how school is set up. It lacks innovation or merit. You’re dependent on the whim of a single adult. You don’t decide a thing for yourself. Government school is meant to dumb your spirit down and prepare you for consumerism.
quote “If you are a poor adult in America, then you most likely brought it on yourself.”
you show me someone poor and i’ll show you someone who made a lifetime of bad choices every time.
Exactly. Early death and disease, statistically, in this group adds up to a lifestyle of immediate self gratification, irresponsibility and an immorality.
It’s not due to the people who succeed or racism and no socialist institution will fix it without raaaaacis oppression and control.
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