Blogger Steve Mariotti hits the nail on the head with his latest blog. That as we are talking about Poverty in America and Income Inequality. That we should be focused as a country on how we address these issues. How do we empower people who live in Poverty, to get themselves out of Poverty. And into the Middle Class and even better, how do we create. What President Bill Clinton called a “Opportunity Society”, that could benefit the whole country. And not just have people in Poverty live their whole lives. Always on Public Assistance, perhaps just one check away from being homeless. But how do we empower people who are working Low Wage Low Skilled jobs. The ability to manage or even run their own the business that they work at.
This gets to how do we empower people who work as waiters and waitress’s, people who clean homes. Drives cabs, ring up groceries and other jobs like that, how do we empower these people. With the ability to manage or run these business’s and move to the Middle Class or even better. So they become Self Sufficient and are off of Public Assistance indefinitely. And that gets to Education and Job Training. So these people have the skills to run business’s, instead of working Dead End jobs at these business’s. For the last seventy years or so, the focus with our War on Poverty. Has had to do with subsidizing people in Poverty. With Cash Assistance but not much to do with. Empowering people in Poverty, whether they are working or not. To get themselves the skills that they need to get a good job. And get themselves out of poverty.
With the Welfare to Work Law in 1996, with Time Limits, Education and Job Training. We can now empower people in poverty to get themselves out of Poverty. Because now they know they can’t stay on Public Assistance indefinitely. And they have the opportunity to get an Education and Job Training. And help with Job Placement, so they can get a good job. And become Self Sufficient, which is something we should’ve been doing all along.