Responses to Weekly Reading Questions

Responses to Weekly Reading Questions

If a Person Doesn't Feel Poor, are they Still Poor? Who Gets to Decide?

Poverty is not a state of mind. Poverty is a social issue observable in the way people live. If people do not feel that they are not poor, it implies that they are not poor. However, a person cannot decide to be poor. Poor people are denied opportunities that could help them overcome poverty. A wealthy person will become poor when denied external resources such as skills and economic resources. If poverty was a choice, many people could opt for becoming wealthy. However, since it is an external force, many people spend their lives struggling to overcome it.
If somebody can afford a Flat Screen TV or Loan Payments on a new Car, are they Really Living in Poverty?

No. Poor people lack access to basic needs such as food, health, and shelter.Flat TVs and loans are secondary needs that are not mandatory.If a person can afford secondary wants, it implies that the person is living above the poverty line and has enough money to spend on secondary wants. Additionally, if a person can service a loan, it implies that the individual has access to employment or businesses that generate income for maintaining the vehicle while at the same time paying the loan.
Can Poverty Be Eliminated through Federal Programs and Via Cash Transfers to the Poor?

People need skills and knowledge to manage wealth. Transfer of wealth and money from the government to the poor cannot alleviate poverty. People will misuse wealth and money because they have not developed a mindset of managing wealth. Children born in wealthy families often struggle to maintaein family resources because they have not struggledto acquire wealth. On the other hand, poor children equipped with proper knowledge tendto invest in profitable programs with the hope of leaving an inheritance for their future families.

The Poverty Experienced by the Poor in America is Primarily Psycholog

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