Editorial: Full debate needed on hunger relief

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  • Updated: November 20, 2012 - 8:03 PM

Avoiding the discussion about the impact on poverty impoverishes us all.

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elmore1Nov. 20, 1210:15 PM

The necessary cuts will be tough on a lot of people. They need to be made and people need to adapt. Hopefully the economy will get going and we can reduce the number of people requiring aid. It is alarming how many people have gone on food stamps over the past few years.

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punky2012Nov. 21, 12 6:22 AM

Here's the debate: "poor" people are lazy and should get jobs. Are you poor? Why not? Is it because you work to earn money to support yourself? Did you put forth effort to educate yourself and acquire skills so you could get a job? 85% of the population is above the poverty line. Obviously, the 85% above is doing something right and the "poor" are doing something wrong.

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davehougNov. 21, 12 7:58 AM

"Did you put forth effort to educate yourself and acquire skills so you could get a job?" - - - Valid point. Cutting class and failing high school is not preparing yourself for a job. Needing food help comes from poor decisions....... ALSO being a well-prepared computer programmer in a technology that has gone off-shore leaves the family wanting. ALSO facing huge medical bills. ALSO losing a home to the bank.......... just saying.

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punky2012Nov. 21, 1212:41 PM

"ALSO being a well-prepared computer programmer in a technology that has gone off-shore leaves the family wanting." And high taxes have nothing to do with jobs leaving? Taxes are an EXPENSE and INCREASE the cost of EVERYTHING. When you hire someone to perform a service such as a self-employed plumber or carpenter or mechanic, did you know that 15.3% of what he earns goes to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes (normally), and a minimum of 28% must be sent to the IRS for federal income taxes, with a top tax bracket currently set at 35%--which some want to increase even higher? And that state taxes have to be paid as well? 45% or MORE of what you pay to have services performed are confiscated by the government and EVERYONE pays higher prices as a result! These high costs are passed along in EVERY product or service everyone buys. It makes American business LESS COMPETITIVE. So you can talk about wage costs all you want, but remember that a big chunk of wage costs are taxes. You raise taxes on an apartment owner, he passes those taxes along in the form of higher rent. You raise income taxes on a doctor (or medical device revenue taxes as part of Obamacare), those costs get passed along as much as possible (and when it isn't possible jobs get cut). So next time you complain about the high cost of things, think about how much of that cost is the result of built-in taxes.

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basia2186Nov. 21, 12 7:39 PM

Every able-bodied adult with or without children should be involved 40 hours per week in on the job training and school. The obvious vehicle for getting this rolling is.the public sector. Welfare,section.8, medicaid, and food stamps should be considered the pay for the 40 hours of self-improvement. The cruel,endless cycle of poverty will stop if unions and social workers would do the right thing!

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monkeyplanetNov. 22, 12 6:48 AM

Maybe if the United States didn't spend as much on its military as every other country in the world COMBINED, we could afford to put more money towards education and training. These budget cuts aren't necessary. There's plenty to be taken from the military-industrial complex. But we prefer to believe that it's our right to police the world. And, of course, the politicians get rich off the system, so that's why we have it.

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