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poverty Essay

  • Submitted by: cftlane09
  • on December 4, 2008
  • Category: Social Issues
  • Length: 785 words

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Poverty
 
            Every major intersection you drive by , you are likely to see someone dressed in raggedy old jeans, a stain covered and hole filled shirt, and a busted up pair of tennis shoes. They are either laying at the top of the over pass sleeping or standing on the corner holding out a can for money donations and a sign saying, “ Homeless, poor, starving, and in need of money,”.   I do not understand why they are homeless or why some people actually give them money. There is no reason, in our country, for there to be people to be living on the streets. The way I see it they aren’t homeless, they are the lazy people of our country that want everything handed to them instead of working for it like the rest of us. Why should I give my money, money I worked hard for, to somebody who is too lazy to work for his? These questions have always lingered in my mind not knowing if my view on the homeless was correct or not or how to justify it.
In 2006 there was a article written in the Times about a man who interviewed hundreds of homeless people and asked them why they were living on the streets, and the responses were universal. They were ether disabled and unable to work anymore, high school drop outs who claimed they can’t get a job with out an education, or had been fired from their job. The article did nothing but help support my theory.
First off, if you are disable to the point where there is no type of work you can do, there is no reason for you to be living on the streets. That is what welfare was invented for.   My grandpa once owned a trailer park. When I asked him about it he explained, “Well T-Man, just about every fella that lives there in on welfare. That’s why a opened the place, to give those on welfare a place they could afford to live.”   He owned the trailer park for over 30 years and he also told me, “No. In all my years I owned that place, I never heard of someone being denied welfare if they were physically unable to work. There might...

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