You must be registered to comment and vote on comments.
Two percent isn't a big difference. The insane thing--am I reading this right?--is that ONE-FIFTH, one out of every five! people is living in poverty regardless of the student population.
That's crazy. And unacceptable.
StarTribune: Please study what percentage of those in poverty moved here in the last 5 years from Chicago, Atlanta, Florida, etc. Anyone who works with the poor and needy can tell you that a huge percentage of the poor have moved to Minneapolis from other cities because the benefits we give them are so much higher that it is worth leaving friends and family for. These dollars that Minnesotans give to help their neighbor are so high that we are now importing poor. This also has to play a large role in the eduational gap. PLEASE look into it and report, like a real newspaper should.
Don't think local governments don't take advantage of the higher numbers for more state and federal aid, which the students are disqualified from receiving because they are students.
Poverty used to mean no car, television, or telephone. Most live in poverty b/c they are too lazy to get a job, and Obama **gives** them everything, so why should they work. Folks are lucky I am not president, there would be some starvin-marvins out there... I bet we would get the deer population in check while we are at it.
Greatx - thats awesome. I'd vote for you. Except you'll have to convince the house to change child labor laws. After all, children make up the majority of the those in poverty. I'm looking forward to watching my 401k sore once they get those kids working. OH and just imagine if they could partner with juvenile detention centers to get those kids working for free.
@asdfasdf:"After all, children make up the majority of the those in poverty" **** Then why don't we remove these kids from their homes and raise them in state run orphanages staffed with loving, qualified people where they can be raised properly? I'm tired of giving the parent money and other benefits when they are not fit to raise children in the first place. There has to be a better way.
"great"x - You're absolutely right. There was no poverty before 2008, nor was there public assistance, welfare, Medicaid, jobs that don't pay living wages, etc., etc. And the three examples you set as benchmarks for poverty? Televisions and phones have become ridiculously cheap in the 21st century, and I'm sure there are still predatory lenders out there to provide cars. If it's so great, maybe you should try living poor - 100% of your income (whatever the source) going to other people for rent, groceries, fuel, etc. Never feeling like you can get your head above water. Living in bad neighborhoods with poor housing. And you take all of these problems, which have been with us since industrialization, and lay them at the feet of the current President?
odinman - they tried that already. Google "The Poor House Story". As Mark Twain said, "history doesn't repeat itself but it usually rhymes." If you want to see what state run orphanages go take a trip to Eastern Europe and read a little about what their kids are going through.
asdfasdf says: "Greatx - thats awesome. I'd vote for you. Except you'll have to convince the house to change child labor laws. After all, children make up the majority of the those in poverty. I'm looking forward to watching my 401k sore once they get those kids working. OH and just imagine if they could partner with juvenile detention centers to get those kids working for free."
You tell a funny tale there, asdfasdf. I grew up on a farm and believe me, there was a time I wished child labor laws would have saved me from milking cows, baling hay and walking beans! But the reality is, kids today get NO experience doing or operating anything , NOR do they benefit from hard, sweating, back-breaking WORK. I am thankful my parents instilled a work ethic in me, even though I developed a lazy side on my own. Those that are in poverty today, will still be there tomorrow b/c they are afraid to do anything to elevate themselves out. As then they would lose the Obama cellphone, SNAP bennies, free meals at school, and Sec 8 housing.
ajnaguy says: "If it's so great, maybe you should try living poor - 100% of your income (whatever the source) going to other people for rent, groceries, fuel, etc. Never feeling like you can get your head above water."
Got news for you ajnaguy. I lived that life after the great lay-off the fall 2008. Took me three years to find gainful employment @75% what I had been making.
Your comment is being reviewed for inclusion on the site.
Comments will be reviewed before being published.
Full storyFull story
Updated Aug. 22, 2011
425 Portland Av. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55488
© 2013 StarTribune. All rights reserved.
StarTribune.com is powered by Limelight Networks