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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 29 2013: The US Capitalistic approach to the medically impoverished.

    "as we move towards something close to universal health care"...
    Like the Chief Justice "Hopes" -- we all "hope"
    that this new health care program is a start to reach a goal
    of medical treatment for all, and independence from diseases.

    But our Government was short sighted to allow Health Insurance
    Corporations to siphon our Direct Tax Dollars, by Shunting them
    past the IRS, into Health Insurance Privateer's Pockets.

    Health Insurance Corporation's had no acquisition commissions (25%)
    for 30 Million new annual Premiums. Nor, will the annual renewal
    commissions (10%) be returned to Insured's pockets each year
    in the form of reduced Premiums.

    Does anyone have a calculator??? This will be a fun exercise.

    There would be "More Tax Dollars" in the Treasury, to spend
    on benefits to the people, without this "Shunting of Tax Dollars".

    History shows that the despicable actions by most Health Insurance
    Corporations for the last 80+ years has left only the Lawyers Rich,
    the Courts Full, and the Insured's Gun Shy of more declined Claims.

    Mr. President, and Congressmen and Congresswomen,
    Why would you do such a thing to your constituents?

    Mr. Chief Justice, why depend on "hope"???
    You had to know better.

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