Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Poverty

The quilt blogs are into this:
Blog Action Day asks bloggers everywhere to publish posts today that discuss poverty in some way. The goal: By all posting on the same day we aim to change the conversation that day, to raise awareness, start a global discussion and add momentum to an important cause.

Is there anyone on the planet without a legitimate mental disability who is "unaware" of poverty? *guffaw*

They're mostly writing about Bono and Jimmy Carter and Obama--nevermind that Carter caused more poverty with his policies than he has alleviated with Habitat and Obama intends to cause greater poverty at home while sending more tax dollars to corrupt rulers abroad under the guise of "solving" poverty (Bono is ineligible to run for office here, thank God). I suspect none of them have read Walter Williams:
Avoiding long-term poverty is not rocket science. First, graduate from high school. Second, get married before you have children, and stay married. Third, work at any kind of job, even one that starts out paying the minimum wage. And, finally, avoid engaging in criminal behavior. If you graduate from high school today with a B or C average, in most places in our country there's a low-cost or financially assisted post-high-school education program available to increase your skills.

I have great respect for Williams and Cosby and Sowell and other like-minded successful people because they've lived out their own advice instead of waiting for someone else to fix their lives.

(Now, what can I do to encourage children who aren't related to me to finish school? I can't think of anything. In a culture where a woman's only value comes from her men and her children (unless she's a Republican candidate for VPOTUS *rolls eyes*), who wants to listen to a fat white spinster tell them not to get pregnant until they graduate, and then only with one man? Especially if the government is simultaneously throwing money at non-working single mothers?)

More recent Williams on poverty in America.

Williams on Africa
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Williams on the recent bailout
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Oooh. I now feel self-righteously smarmy about "raising awareness."

3 comments:

Jenn of the Jungle said...

LOL.... right there with ya sister.

It's all about personal responsibility.

Jenn of the Jungle said...

By the way, nice Lavern and Shirley reference.

HeatherRadish said...

Thank you. :)