Paying the poor to be sterilized, you say.
Wow, I think this is offal, it reminds me of a few “B” rate movies that I have seen. I don’t think this would solve anything, only make problems worse. The problem seems to be the growing poverty rate, not people being born into poverty.
Hell, I was born into poverty… my mother was on social assistance and living in government subsidized housing when she found out she was pregnant with me, and we lived this way until I was 14, that’s when the government retrained her for the work force. After that she was able to get a job and has held one since. My mom couldn’t pay for me to attend a school of higher learning, and I even dropped out of high school and went straight to the work force (I did go back to high school some time after and graduated when I was 22)... now I have been working for awhile and they say I am in the “Middle-class” of society, but I think anyone who make under $40K per year should be classed as the working poor, beings that amount of money doesn’t leave enough for people to get there retirement savings in order.
A little off topic:
I have been thinking about this (the problem) for abit now. It has accrued to me that in W. Bush’s sate of the Union Address in 2003 http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2003/01/20030128-19.html
he spoke about how tax cuts for low income families would stimulate growth in the US economy. Normally I would agree with this, however this theory would only work if people only bought US made goods. Lets face it, any extra money (as little as it is) that people get would be spent on much needed house hold items… that are made in China.
So if Suzie house wife buys a… (lets say) toaster that is made in China, then Frank’s toaster Co. out of Pennsylvania still goes out of business… I would imagine that’s not good for the economy.
Don’t get me wrong here, there are still good companies that are North American owned… they just outsource all the manufacturing jobs to China, leaving people in North America with less jobs on the market. To me, I believe that the NA Governments allowed this outsourcing to happen and didn’t subsidize any of the higher education that people need in order any of the paying jobs here. Hence a vicious cycle that spreads the gap from poor to rich further apart, only to allow China’s economy to grow at a exponential rate.
Now there is a $700 billion dollar bail out for companies who had shady business practises and Royally messed our economy to the point of teetering on depression? Maybe some more tax cuts for the everyday Americans, who will use the extra money to support the Chinese economy and work force?
I am rather quite left on the political spectrum… however not to the point where I am against the Capitalistic way that North American does business (supply and demand dictates price, outsource to a company that can do it for less, thus keeping profits high). Maybe this is a social problem, and we as people in the society should start encouraging that our own citizens to buy US (or Canadian) made goods, we would pay a little more for items, but Jake father of two could get the job that will feed his kids and maybe have another one instead of a sate mandated vasectomy.
I have worked at a local retail store here in Banff for about six months (before I left). The one thing that I noticed was, people from UK & Europe would come in take a look around see a shirt/pants they liked, they would than come to me and ask “where was this made”... and of course it was made in China, they would then put the item back and leave the store out right refusing to buy anything from China. Now with that in mind, I have had the opposite happen, I have had so many US & Canadian’s come into the store see an amazing shirt hand made in Winnipeg Canada… than quickly place the shirt back only to buy the same looking shirt made in China for $10 less…. in my experience the European’s seem to have allot more social conscious to where their goods are from.
Now having said that…. when I started making some good money I went out and bought a amazing shearling jacket (if you don’t know what Shearling is check: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shearling), it was hand made in Uruguay and cost me a pretty penny because of it. The first day I wore the jacket to work a girl started giving me grief for “wearing the skin of a did animal”, you should have seen the look on here face when I informed her that I feed a family of 4 by buying the jacket and the 12 year old that made her jacket was probably dead by now… maybe we should have People for the Ethical Treatment of People… before we give any credit to PETA.
Do you guys think that the forming of a social group that encourages people to buy local manufactured goods, and demanding (as customers) that US/Canadian retailers sell a percentage of goods made in North American, would curve anything or would it be just another drop in the bucket solving nothing?
Thank you for letting me rant on these slightly off topic, topics