Profiting From a Child’s Illiteracy and "Soul Crushing Dependency"

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    Dec 10, 2012 2:32 PM GMT
    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/09/opinion/sunday/kristof-profiting-from-a-childs-illiteracy.html?ref=opinion&_r=0
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    Dec 10, 2012 7:03 PM GMT
    Definition of a REDSTATE HILLBILLY:

    "Ms. Hurley, 19, is amiable and speaks quickly with a strong hill accent, so that at times I had trouble understanding her. Ms. Hurley says that she was raped by a family member when she was 12, and that another family member then introduced her to narcotics. She became an addict, she says, mostly to prescription painkillers that are widely trafficked here.

    Equipped with a crackling intelligence, Ms. Hurley once aspired to be a doctor. But her addictions and a rebellious nature got her kicked out of high school, and at 16 she became engaged to a boyfriend and soon had his baby."

    SOUNDS LIKE A GOOD CHRISTIAN GIRL with a few bad habits
    and a CLASSIC REPUBLICAN VOTER.

    Thank You, West Virginia.
  • coolarmydude

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    Dec 10, 2012 11:35 PM GMT
    I don’t want to suggest that America’s antipoverty programs are a total failure. On the contrary, they are making a significant difference. Nearly all homes here in the Appalachian hill country now have electricity and running water, and people aren’t starving.

    Our political system has created a particularly robust safety net for the elderly, focused on Social Security and Medicare — because the elderly vote. This safety net has brought down the poverty rate among the elderly from about 35 percent in 1959 to under 9 percent today.

    BECAUSE kids don’t have a political voice, they have been neglected — and have replaced the elderly as the most impoverished age group in our country. Today, 22 percent of children live below the poverty line.
  • coolarmydude

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    Dec 10, 2012 11:37 PM GMT
    Some young people here don’t join the military (a traditional escape route for poor, rural Americans) because it’s easier to rely on food stamps and disability payments.

    It's also safer. icon_rolleyes.gif But seriously, the military should not be a primary vehicle as an escape route out of poverty. That doesn't solve the root causes of poverty.
  • coolarmydude

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    Dec 10, 2012 11:40 PM GMT
    Ms. Hurley says that she was raped by a family member when she was 12, and that another family member then introduced her to narcotics. She became an addict, she says, mostly to prescription painkillers that are widely trafficked here.

    Not a single government program got her on this path. That is criminal child abuse and neglect.