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  • Adopting the utilitarian stance, the government should help the poor.

    The definition of utilitarianism is to achieve the outcome that allows for the most "amount" of happiness. Using of happiness to as a variable allows is suitable as it can be agreed that many things in life we do to achieve eventual happiness.

    Why would the help of the government allow for the happiness of the poor, eventually increasing the overall happiness in society? This is because there is no one in society more needing of resources (mainly financial) and by providing the poor with such resources, it will allow for them to increase in overall happiness, more so than if the money was used to benefit the rich.

    Thank you.

  • It should be a basic obligation.

    If we are a government by the people, for the people, then what kind of government and what kind of people are we if we refuse to help the most disadvantaged among us? It is our obligation to treat others as we ourselves would want to be treated in such a situation. Of course we should help the poor.

  • Who else can do

    Difference between rich and poor is growing day by day , and it should be stopped.
    Government have the weapon to fight with this problem.
    Make some policies , do some amendments, but for God sake , do it hurry and stop filling your pants with money and hearts with corruption.

  • Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness

    By the very definition of the government, it is an organization that helps people live fuller, better lives. Though money cannot buy happiness, it can buy food, it can buy shelter, and it can buy the opportunity for those who can not find one themselves, a chance at something better than nothing. A good government is one that helps people, especially those, who cannot help themselves (or are disadvantaged in attempting so).

  • Yes, The Government Should Help The Poor

    The problem is not the fact that the government gives, what has been described as "hand-outs" to the poor, but the fact of what the definition of "the poor" is and how those monies are distributed. Without a proper check-and-balance system, there is too much waste in that program and it leaves too many opportunities for fraud. However, there are those in society that struggle and need some assistance when there is no alternatives for care. That's where the government can assist.

  • Yes, the Government Should Help the Poor

    The government should help poor citizens of their community because it is their responsibility to do so. Government aid to people who live below the poverty line, not just hand-outs, would be a catalyst to jump-start the economy. When poor people are given a real chance at earning a brighter financial future they will have more money to spend to stimulate the economy as well as take care of themselves.

  • Yes the goverment should help the "poor"

    Becaus ewhat is goverment for? Yes they should help the poor people and with the pure hearts nd mind we should all work on it! Its a blessing to feed them cloth them and love nd provide care for them because one day the goverment will becom poor and the poor people has already on top and we ask the them for help they dont give out or help us so there fore what ever goes around comes around! We are all one in god eyes why dont we make that as a one goverment!

  • Yes!!! They deserve happiness

    Lots of these people have children to feed and look after. Children will die due to not being able to afford health care.When these people are going to have a long holiday, they will travel to places they dream about. They have more money to party, shop, travel, go abroad
    All their living costs are too luxurious for poor
    While poor people might not have enough food to eat, clothes to wear or anyone to care about them
    Everyone deserves a second chance in life, help them up so they can pick themselves up and rise out of poverty. Poverty is a very hard thing to get out of so just help them

  • They signed up for it

    The poor are still citizens the government are responsible for. Being a responsible government means to take care of ALL citizens, regardless of their socio-economic status. Hence, the government should care for the poor as they are still part of the country, it is simply their duty to do so.

  • For a promising future

    I do agree with the fact that if we are living a happy life, our happiness will eventually make us rich so we can give back to the community. Back to those who need help. It ends up being a cycle.(like pay it forward) Of course some people will take advantage, that is why the government has the obligation whether to help an individual for a specific time frame. I know this sounds like a utopian world where everyone helps eachother. But that one individual might help make our economy better. I believe in humanity.

  • "Helping the poor" MOST of the time is not what it sounds like.

    "Helping the poor" MOST of the time in colloquial usage by politicians is a euphemism for "STEALING from the not poor". If you want to foster a Culture of caring and giving, don't look to the government, look to your community. All the government can do is take at the point of a gun.

  • Fraud, Lies, and Waste

    Assistance in poverty is a good thing, but only when the object of the assistance is actually suffering in poverty. The biggest problem with the current system is not how much the government is helping, but who they are helping. Only those who have no other option but government aid should be given it. Anyone else who is sitting at home leeching off of the rest of us because they don't want to work and see a way out is a waste that should be cut from the system.

  • Change the Definition and Help the True Poor

    No, the government should not help the poor, with the current definition of "poor" meaning anyone who asks for help. If a person simply doesn't want to have a job and sits home getting government assistance for everything from electricity to rent to food, and that assistance adds up to more than they could make from working - why would they choose to work? We all need to help the truly poor who cannot, for one reason or another, help themselves. Those who choose to be poor to get the free handouts - no - they should not receive government help.

  • Get a job

    I work in healthcare and it is ridiculous how many people have medicaid and have an iphone, ipad, nice clothes, nice car, nice hair, nice nails, and etc. Where does it end? Why should people be allowed to defraud the system if they have plenty of money for other stuff?

  • Help yourself out.

    As one who grew up poor but chose to work myself out of poverty, I have no sympathy for those I grew up with who are still poor yet are not willing to put in the work to pull themselves up. It is not the government's responsibility to feed you. Governments only job in a free country is to ensure an atmosphere where anyone has the ability to improve their economic situation.

  • Help yourself out.

    As one who grew up poor but chose to work myself out of poverty, I have no sympathy for those I grew up with who are still poor yet are not willing to put in the work to pull themselves up. It is not the government's responsibility to feed you. Government's only job in a free country is to ensure an atmosphere where anyone has the ability to improve their economic situation.

  • You have to work to be sucsessful

    If the government keeps giving people all the stuff they want they will never. When hard workers see that, then they will think " Well i do not have to work either", then america will go down the drain. More and more food stamps, free houses, free phones are given out and that money is coming from hard working Americans. First Law of economics "Everything Has to be worked for

  • Change the Definition and Help the True Poor

    No, the government should not help the poor, with the current definition of "poor" meaning anyone who asks for help. If a person simply doesn't want to have a job and sits home getting government assistance for everything from electricity to rent to food, and that assistance adds up to more than they could make from working - why would they choose to work? We all need to help the truly poor who cannot, for one reason or another, help themselves. Those who choose to be poor to get the free handouts - no - they should not receive government help.

  • Vision, Compassion & Follow Through!!!

    Keep the programs as a temporary assistance for those who are in need. But give them the tools to be successful. We need to totally redesign education on a more European model.
    If you pass a battery of tests you go to either a academic or a vocational school.
    We believe we all can go to college but we need plumbers, welders, mechanics and they pay well. We need to keep our kids out of jail and path of success.
    Those who are unemployed can go to work as volunteers and then we can place them better with experience.

  • The Government can't

    The government (G) can give a fish but has no motivation to teach fishing. In other words the G is more motivated to have poor then help poor. Promoting G giveaways is a wining platform and because everyone wants something for nothing it gets support. This fosters dependence and entitlement leading to more G projects. I have worked with dozens of individuals that want to become self sufficient but cannot because the G has no mechanism to work off of dependence. If the individual takes a step up they are dropped from the “benefits” mint to help them.
    I propose the Church doing what it should be doing and helping those that cannot help themselves. We need to meet basic needs while developing skills to give a lift into independences. Education such as basic reading, resume writing and job skills training are things that many people need but do not know then need. Even mentally ill individuals show marked improvement when given a chance to participate in the mainstream community. I am starting such an organization and looking for help…


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