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  • America the land of OPPORTUNITY.

    In America, there has been people like Andrew Carnegie, Barack Obama, Alexander Hamilton and Benjamin Franklin who were born in in poverty and in fact had very hard lives. But they were self made men who rose above thier circumstances and became great. In present day America, we now have education that is free for everyone. That is a an extreme privilege in itself and lets everyone have a huge advantage to get ahead in comparison to our ancestors. Basically if you work hard enough, you can get out of your situation and eexcel in the world. If someone says they can't, then they are either lying or doing something wrong. As unpleasant as that sounds, it's true and we should always strive to know the truth over something that sounds pleasing to our ear. The reason the poor is poor is because they are not working hard enough or in the right way. We all like to think we do things perfectly and work our hardest but ask yourself, others and your superiors (such as your boss) how you can be a better and more diligent worker. Ambition also helps as a motivation.

  • I believe most of the time, being poor is their fault

    Because they don't have enough financial knowledge like

    If whole family depends on one person for source of income, that person should at least get some sort of term life insurance.

    The poor has to somehow maintain a positive cash flow and tug away the extra, instead of eat into next paycheck by taking out line of credit. If somehow they don't have high enough paying job, in order to have higher paying job, they can go extra mile trying to get one, for example, a night school for a nursing degree...Est.

    Once positive cash flow and saving is achieved, they have to understand compound interest and investing. For the basics, they can buy highest rating of mutual fund.

  • Yes, but not always

    Around the world, we frequently see all over that poverty is rampant in some places more than others. If you dig deeper, you would find that it is due to oppression and economic hardships of the reason, like in africs (WHICH IS NOT THEIR FAULT!) However, in this country I do believe there are many people, too many, that are lazy and believe everything is owed them and they live off the government. Enough said.

  • Not always, but more often than you think

    This would not be true for a place in Africa, but I find it to be true in America. Everyone has access to education. Education in the USA in mandatory. If a person does well in school, then they can go to college. If they go to college, they can get a job. If a person loses their job, they can find another one. In South Georgia, their was a labor crisis in which there was no one to pick the crops farmers grew. People thought that work was beneath them. As long as there is stuff like this happening, it is the poor people's fault. However, poor children are not responsible for poverty, but their parents are.

  • Poverty is not a choice

    You can be born into a poor family. Once born into it it is hard to get out of it. They wont have money to pay for a good school so you might not get a good job. Without a good job you will most likely stay in poverty. Even having a little bit of money it will be hard to have a job because money will be used in transportation.

  • No, poor people are not responsible for their poverty.

    I believe that poor people are not responsible for their poverty. The problem is that poverty is a vicious cycle. If you are born into poverty it is difficult to escape. There are so many problems that contribute to poverty. I live in a high poverty area with few jobs and high housing costs. It's hard to climb out of poverty if you have to live on a job that only pays minimum wage. Many people work hard and just can't get ahead. Poverty is not their fault.

  • No, poor people are not responsible for their poverty.

    I believe that poor people are not responsible for their poverty. The problem is that poverty is a vicious cycle. If you are born into poverty it is difficult to escape. There are so many problems that contribute to poverty. I live in a high poverty area with few jobs and high housing costs. It's hard to climb out of poverty if you have to live on a job that only pays minimum wage. Many people work hard and just can't get ahead. Poverty is not their fault.

  • No, not always.

    As with any other living situation, some are and some are not. While there are people who are content to live at an absolute minimum to avoid doing work of any sort, there are many more who have hit on hard times or are from backgrounds that are not conducive to social advancement. Poverty is a symptom, not a disease and the more people insist on a 'wellfare state' and avoid looking at the actual cause, the longer it'll take to cure the illness in this country.

  • No, not always.

    As with any other living situation, some are and some are not. While there are people who are content to live at an absolute minimum to avoid doing work of any sort, there are many more who have hit on hard times or are from backgrounds that are not conducive to social advancement. Poverty is a symptom, not a disease and the more people insist on a 'welfare state' and avoid looking at the actual cause, the longer it'll take to cure the illness in this country.

  • They born as poor

    When you ask a poor to work harder and to know more..You really dont know how difficult it is to have more knowledge when a poor person dont afford good books or technology or a little access to rich community and also they spend most of the time only to survive than to educate themselves. Its not a person's fault where they are born.

  • There's plenty of blame to go around, most of it misapplied.

    That's like asking if cancer patients are responsible for their disease. In both cases, while there might be some factors directly under their control that led to the problem, most factors are beyond their power to control. With poverty, there are long standing class, educational and racial issues that are often impossible to overcome. You can't blame people for those things.

  • Sometimes but I think most of the world has been forced into poverty. I'm not saying all of them are though.

    Sometimes but I think most of the world has been forced into poverty. I'm not saying all of them are although there is still people who choose to become wrapped up in the problem of poverty. Like seriously you cannot blame everyone that it's there fault they lack the resources hey need.

  • Poverty is not their fault

    I believe that poor people are not responsible for their poverty. The problem is that poverty is a vicious cycle. If you are born into poverty it is difficult to escape. There are so many problems that contribute to poverty. I live in a high poverty area with few jobs and high housing costs. It's hard to climb out of poverty if you have to live on a job that only pays minimum wage. Many people work hard and just can't get ahead. Poverty is not their fault.


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Bullish says2013-05-08T22:08:18.593
It depends. Some people are born into poverty with no means to rise, some are born millionaires and drink themselves into poverty.