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Does the Left really
want to end poverty?

Telegraph [UK], by Janet Daley

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 1/3/2013 11:06:53 PM

The poverty lobby--as opposed to those who actually want to put an end to poverty--uses the "poor" as a political weapon in its ideological war against the market economy. That argument, which many of us have made over the years, is forcefully reiterated in an excellent post by Philip Booth of the IEA. As Professor Booth points out, the official campaigning groups which make use of the poor as fodder for their anti-capitalist rhetoric never seem to address the critical issue of the cost of living in their accounts of relative poverty, even though excessive charges for home energy, child

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Japanorama, 1/3/2013 11:11:10 PM     (No. 9097481)

Beggars can´t be choosers.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Ribicon, 1/3/2013 11:17:08 PM     (No. 9097490)

Nice article. Seems the UK has its own version of the Earned Income Tax Credit, which in the US serves as one component of the corporate welfare ladled out to chain retailers and fast-food restaurants, which pay artificially low wages because "the government" supplements paychecks with income tax credits, food stamps, rent subsidies, Medicaid, and the rest.

FTA: "Nor can I recall them campaigning for tax cuts on the low paid: instead of allowing people to keep more of their earnings which would relieve their hardship and give them more independence, they clamour for the continuation of tax credits which subsidise (and perpetuate) low wages, and foster dependence on the state."

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Reply 3 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 1/4/2013 12:14:14 AM     (No. 9097558)

If you are willing to have nothing, being poor is very lucrative. The more children out of wedlock, the richer you are. Then IRS rewards you again. Not everyone aspires to be Julia with an Affirmative Action job.

Unfortunately, the ´newly impoverished´ from unemployment or the elderly will be thrown under the bus with the professionally poor and professional liars.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: steveW, 1/4/2013 12:48:29 AM     (No. 9097587)

The Left wants to end poverty as much as it wants to end "racism" and "sexism" - that is, not at all. On the contrary, the Left must fabricate and multiply the number of its designated victim groups. Free, prosperous people deprive the Left of its power.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: 4Justice, 1/4/2013 1:41:02 AM     (No. 9097609)

#4 is correct. The left uses people. They don´t care about anyone but themselves and the power and wealth they can accumulate at everyone else´s expense. The left has only made the poor poorer. I tried to explain this to my lefty friends but they just don´t get it. They are so stuck in their beliefs that they can´t see the truth even when you spell it out for them. They really believe poor and minorities are better off now than before LBJ´s social programs were implemented.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: PChristopher, 1/4/2013 2:07:36 AM     (No. 9097619)

Does a butcher really want to end meat?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Trigger2, 1/4/2013 3:34:41 AM     (No. 9097643)

I´ve read somewhere that these ´poverty´ people enjoy benefits up to $60,000. So much for ´poverty´.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: osprey21, 1/4/2013 3:46:23 AM     (No. 9097648)

That would be akin to killing the golden goose.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: planetgeo, 1/4/2013 3:48:42 AM     (No. 9097649)

Think of the left as "poverty pimps". They use the poor to extract and extort money from the taxpaying Johns. And there us no way they can let the poor get out of poverty because that will be the end of their con game.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Sfacheem, 1/4/2013 6:37:38 AM     (No. 9097746)

Of course not. Here´s what the left wants:

They want to create a socialist "caste" system in which they live like millionaires because they are well-compensated for their invaluable contributions to society, while all the "common" people work all day and get exactly what they need.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: mickturn, 1/4/2013 9:02:12 AM     (No. 9098001)

Simple answer is NO...poverty let´s the pimps keep up the game and get rich. Solving problems isn´t a Left agenda item, perpetuating the problem so they can whine about it is.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: mominNoCA, 1/4/2013 9:09:22 AM     (No. 9098023)

Prosperous people are harder to control. They won´t look at you in awe and take in everything you say with the critical thinking abilities of three-year-olds.

Poor people are desperate to survive. If you´re the sole source of their food, shelter and clothing, you can be a god to them. Think Kim Jong Il´s son.

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