The poor will always be among us. It is a testimony to the development of our humanity and compassion as to how we deal with that.
"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."
Now we could demand employers hire more people and pay higher wages...but guess what that does? That causes the prices of everything to raise.
Suddenly, your status as a "middle income" worker is dropped through the floor when a burger costs $10.00 or $5.00 for a loaf of bread.
To me, the answer is removing a bunch of twisted and hypocritical rules, laws and regulations and allow people to do whatever it is they need to do to
earn a living. Some rules, laws, registrations and certifications are not there for any reason other than to reduce competition for the big boys.
For some rather mundane "professions", you have to have so many thousands of hours of training (costs money) you have to take a test (costs money) and
you have to pay for registration and certification and licensing...more money. Some folks, who might be rather good as whatever field cannot front
end these costs and therefore cannot participate. This reduces the number of would be competitors.
I have said it before, there is a need for some regulations, but the problem is, they are generally applied with way to broad of brush
strokes...common sense has left the building ages ago.
I believe it should be fine for a person to buy a cheap cart, a cheap grill and sell cheap hot dogs along the side of the road without being tormented
I think if a person wants to be a door to door in home masseuse, they should be able to do that with a minimum of training, licensing and
I think if a person wants to grow legal food mushrooms in their basement, they should be able to do so without interference or overly oppressive
regulation. (or even the other ones for that matter)
If a person wants to dry, cure and peddle herbal remedies, they should be able to without big pharmacy companies destroying them and preventing them
I won't even go into the "fringe" things that the tobacco and alcohol lobbies keep illegal. But even that, I think if a person wants to make
moonshine or grow weed...they should be able to. The whole underlying truth about these things lies in corporate lobbyists...not "for the good of the
To me, it's not about "giving the poor a fish"...it's about "teaching them how to fish for themselves"...let a man (or woman) do whatever they know
how to do to make a living...it's that simple.
edit on 11/6/2012 by Jeremiah65 because: (no reason given)