The impoverished need more encouragement |

The impoverished need more encouragement

RE: It wasn’t the wind that separated the rich from the poor (SDN Sept. 15)I read and re-read the article written by Marc Carlisle just trying to find one comment with which I agreed.Unfortunately, Marc’s comments are more and more representative of the type of thought which is published in newspapers nationwide and, more often than not, these go unchallenged.Marc demonstrates the socialist leaning thought that “what’s mine is mine and what’s yours is partly mine or, at least, partly someone else’s.”The main theme of Marc’s article, condemning the rich and trying to inflect a guilt trip on the rest of us concerning the plight of the poor, is characteristic of most editorial journalism today. I have to say, I regret the circumstances under which many poor people in this country currently live, but I don’t feel personally guilty about it. I was raised in a family that, by today’s standards, would be considered poor. But, neither I, nor my brothers and sisters, knew we were poor. And, in fact, we all graduated from high school, three of us graduated from college – with one master’s degree, without one single payment from any government poverty supporting agency.All six of us now live the life of the American middle class without ever drawing one cent of welfare. And, contrary to the lament of most social activists today, I believe, with all of the government support to the poor that is now available at all levels, it is easier today to climb above the ranks of the poor to the ranks of the middle class and even to the ranks of the rich. The difference is purely and simply in the attitude of the individual.I am personally glad we have “three Americans (which) control more wealth than the bottom 600 million people in the world.” Of course, Marc neglected to explain the types of socialist or communist or doctorships or warlord(ships) under which most of these 600 million people live and the lack of opportunity, combined with the hopelessness, they provide. The beauty of the American free enterprise system and policy concerning private ownership of property (in spite of the recent Supreme Court decision concerning private property ownership) is that any one of us, with knowledge, dedication and perseverance, can rise to the level of a Bill Gates or a Michael Dell in just one generation.Most of us certainly don’t expect to become billionaires, but our economic system provides the incentive and, certainly the opportunity, to climb well above the poverty level.I firmly believe that many politicians depend on keeping people in poverty; keeping poor people dependent on them (the politician) to lobby Congress on their behalf for continued or additional support, in order to “buy” the votes they need to keep their political positions.Since President Johnson instituted the War on Poverty in the 60s, the U.S. government has spent approximately $6.5 trillion without attaining a significant reduction in the poverty level.The reason for this is the large majority of poverty-related government programs are basically giveaways, which encourage individuals to remain in poverty rather than encourage them to work their way out of poverty.If Marc is really interested in reducing or eliminating poverty in America, he needs to concentrate on getting the policies which encourage people to stay in poverty changed rather than ragging on those who experience economic success through their hard work – and yes – even inheritance.These individuals, through their economic success, provide the strength to our economic system required to allow the rest of us to use resources, through borrowing, starting businesses, buying houses, buying cars and using plastic to charge various other necessities of life which we do not have the ready cash to buy. In other words, Marc, don’t bite the economic hand that feeds us.

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

As a Summit Daily News reader, you make our work possible.

Now more than ever, your financial support is critical to help us keep our communities informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having on our residents and businesses. Every contribution, no matter the size, will make a difference.

Your donation will be used exclusively to support quality, local journalism.


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User