Monday, January 6, 2014

War on Poverty – 2014 Update




By Terry Orr

Poverty continues to impact America and other countries throughout the planet and in America – all we need to do, is look into the mirror – we only have ourselves to blame for this nightmare.  Center stage is our ‘greed’ and lack of understanding what is the right thing to do for the betterment of mankind.

Sample of our own undoing of America:
  • Illegal immigration
  • Outsourcing jobs to other countries
  • Manufacturing done in other countries
  • Failure to enforce current laws
  • Failure to monitor government programs
  • Failure to achieve better education in America
  • Laws, Policies, Directives that significantly impact American Citizens
  • Allowing other Countries the ability to impact our future
  • Spending Trillions abroad


Eight of the ten Native American Commandments provide each of us with the basic guidance to finding the right solution to poverty and most of our problems we face in America today.

1. Treat the Earth and all that dwell thereon with respect.
2. Remain close to the Great Spirit, in all that you do.
3. Show great respect for your fellow beings. (Especially Respect yourself)
4. Work together for the benefit of all Mankind.
5. Give assistance and kindness wherever needed.
6. Do what you know to be right. (But be careful not to fall into self-righteousness)
7. Look after the well being of mind and body.
8. Dedicate a share of your efforts to the greater good.
9. Be truthful and honest at all times. (Especially be truthful and honest with your self)
10. Take full responsibility for your actions

Please give this some thought and pitch in to make a difference.  Thank you.


References and Links

The New York Times published:

“The War on Poverty at 50” by Jared Bernstein - a senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington and a former chief economist to Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. (http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/01/06/the-war-on-poverty-at-50/?_r=0)

“50 Years Later, War on Poverty Is a Mixed Bag”, by ANNIE LOWREY and published on January 4, 201

Other Related Postings:

“What I learned in the Poverty War” Work, not welfare, uplifts the poor - by Peter Cove (http://www.city-journal.org/2012/22_4_poverty.html )

“Tracing the War on Poverty” by Julie Ault & Martin Beck (http://www.artlies.org/article.php?id=1548&issue=56&s=0 )

“The Next War on Poverty” by Peter Edelman published in the Democracy Issue #15 Winter 2010 (http://www.democracyjournal.org/15/6727.php?page=all )

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