Originally Posted by glassesgirlnj
I'm still confused about what you think should happen to the children whose parents don't follow those rules.
Let's say Igor and Ivanka Irresponsible give birth to Ivan, Inez and Ivetta over an 8-year period. They're collecting public assistance the whole time (for any definition of "public assistance" you want to use). The adults are not going to school, and while Igor works part time, they're careful to keep their income under the minimum needed to keep their benefits.
What do you think should happen to Ivan, Inez and Ivetta? I guess you don't think they should starve (thank God), and it would be "crazy" to give them to a UMC adoptive family (thank God for that too, though I've heard otherwise rational people make that argument...)
Serebat….I highlighted the above question as I think it is a good one. This is a long thread, so if you have answered it, my apologies.
There are 2 types of poor of people on welfare in N. America (with further subcategories). Those who are on it temporarily, and those who are "generational poor." This thread mostly seems to be around those who are generationally poor.
Generational poverty is really hard to move out of.
This is from wikipedia, but I like it:
"In economics, the cycle of poverty is the "set of factors or events by which poverty, once started, is likely to continue unless there is outside intervention."
The cycle of poverty has been defined as a phenomenon were poor families become trapped in poverty for at least three generations,i.e., for enough time that the family includes no surviving ancestors who possess and can transmit the intellectual, social, and cultural capital necessary to stay out of or escape poverty…."
Generational poverty is no way to live. I do not know how to help people escape it, but if Wiki is to be believed, some of it must come from outside interventions. Public policy initiatives.
It might be interesting to look at countries that have low generational poverty statistics and see what they are doing right.
Edited by kathymuggle - 1/31/13 at 6:20am