I’ll admit it, I stumbled upon this war on poverty‘s 50th anniversary while watching a political show one evening. I didn’t know there was a war on poverty. I’m aware of many wars where the objective is control, conquer and enforce policies for money, power, political and personal gain. War is ugly, brutal and very costly, so is poverty. Should we use the word war when we’re speaking of poverty? I understand it places a level of severity to the situation but there’s a lot of the underlining’s of poverty that need to be approached with a firm but understanding approach. A person in poverty doesn’t boast about his illiteracy, lack of finances and resources. They don’t boast about their social awkwardness cause society outcastes them. Poverty is much more wide spread with people from various backgrounds that are not use to and are ashamed to ask for help. With that being said do you approach that person with a war mentality with hopes of uplifting them and showing them another way to combat their poverty? It’s much bigger then the way we word a title, it’s the thought of our past approach and our way of dealing with this issue.
While doing some research I came across statistics that prove that poverty is still a huge problem in our society and in many cases has gotten worse. Such as the “one percent” that we hear of often has 40 percent of America’s wealth while the bottom 80 percent only has 7 percent of America’s wealth. I rather not bore you with statistics but focus on the need for a different set of policies and ideas being implemented. Are the leaders to do so part of my generation? Is it the generation after me? We can’t have any mentors when it comes to this subject because they are part of the failure we continue to live with. Whether they became infected with thinking like the leaders that came before them or became silenced, discouraged and/or intimidated they have no place in the new approach we need to set forth.
A prime example: The Center for American Progress (CAP) had a press release named “Reverse Robin Hood” stating the GOP voted to cut 40 billion out of food stamps over the next ten years.” It’s estimated that 210,000 children will lose access to free lunch programs and 55,000 jobs will be lost in the first year of cuts alone.” This is not a War on Poverty, but a War on the Poor! Is anybody listening?
You have to prepare for war mentally and physically. When you’re walking along side of someone and they trip your natural instinct is to try and catch them from falling. Maybe the answers aren’t that far…maybe they are within. Maybe “WAR” has nothing to do with it.