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What can governments do to end poverty in their countries? Is a solution possible under capitalism?

Hello, I come from Argentina, and in my country, poverty is an issue we still can't eradicate, even though extreme poverty has been around for many decades now.

What still baffles me is the fact that although the Government gives away money to those with reduced incomes, poverty is as bad as always. Poor people can now (at least) fulfill their basic needs, but they have now become dependant on the Govt to give them the necessary resources for life (and politicians do not care about this, since this way they can keep on "buying" their votes with cash). They don't have jobs (and some do not even bother to find one) and most still live in slums under really poor conditions. So, it's obvious this solution is only benefitial in the short run... eventually the Government is going to run out of money and we'll still have the same number of people in the streets.

Moreover, I read yesterday how India is going to start doing the same thing, but I guess that probably won't go anywhere either.

Now, what do you think is the solution to stop this vicious circle of poverty? What is your Government doing about it?

Bear in mind that Latin America has just extreme poverty levels (not as much as Africa), but still much more than the First World countries. At least in my country there is a surprisingly high number of slums (check some photos in wikipedia: http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Villa_miseria )

In my opinion, emphasis should be made on giving labour to these people outside-the-system. But for that, we need to offer public AND quality education. Yet I'm conscious that a malnourished child is not going to be able to be properly educated, is he?. So what can we do to ensure that child will have a better future? It's difficult to come up with a solution, but we're in the 21st Century now, it's about time we stopped poverty.


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  • Jan 20 2013: I used to live in a nice house, a home I was proud of.
    Suddenly, cancer, an operation, a business closed, and recovery of health started.
    After 8 years I felt better, but my energy level was almost non-existent.
    Walking 6 blocks to and from the market became too hard.
    I moved to a small apartment in an apartment complex, situated within 2 blocks
    of all my needs, the senior center for lunch, post office, library, bank, and market.

    That is when I learned about people; poverty, welfare, alcohol and drug behavior.

    In my early youth, we had 1 town drunk. He was shunned by all.
    I watched once. He smelled bad and staggered down the street to his destination.

    We had no drugs.
    That came in the 1960's when, parents quit their responsibilities to govern their children.
    I assumed, cows milk had been tainted by radioactive tests fallout, and nationwide,
    parents and teenagers were afflicted. Society moved downhill, so I ignored it.
    My life was full. I couldn't waste my time sitting or laying about drugged to the gills...

    Now elderly, I watch the impoverished. They only work at taking. Taking welfare and charity.

    There is little the government can do. Today they pay liars Welfare, just as if the liars were
    truly needful. The better the lie, the bigger the monthly check.

    Capitalism isn't the answer. Nor is the archaic Justice system.
    But your question might get a usable answer or two...
    We can only hope.

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