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If people want to stop spending money on the war on drugs because it doesn't work.....

why in the hell don't we stop spending money on the war on poverty??
Because that hasn't worked either.,2933,131174,00.html
5 years ago we had spent 9 Trillion on poor people, and I still see poor people.


Asked by Anonymous at 5:53 PM on Mar. 17, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (8)
  • PS- passing out a check twelve times a year does nothing to keep a person from being poor. If anything, it does EVERYTHING to keep them poor. If a person can eke out a living with out doing a single thing, why would they?

    Answer by lovinangels at 7:17 PM on Mar. 17, 2009

  • We want the war on drugs stopped, so we can have our drugs and not go to jail.
    We don't want the war on poverty stopped because they want the free money. To buy drugs.

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:54 PM on Mar. 17, 2009

  • The war on drugs and the war on poverty is far too closely related. You can't win one without winning the other.

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:00 PM on Mar. 17, 2009

  • To win the war on poverty you have to have people willing to change the way they live and have the opportunities there so they can get out of poverty. The more the govt throws money into welfare programs, the longer people will stay poor and not look to improve their lives. It becomes a lifestyle.

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:13 PM on Mar. 17, 2009

  • Anon. 6:00 I think the answer is you can't win either. If people are motivated enough to get drugs they will get drugs and they will sell drugs and have gang turf wars because selling drugs is very profitable as long as it's illegal.

    Redistributing wealth which is what the war on poverty doesn't help people as it only creates dependency but doesn't provide enough money for those who don't want to make an effort to improve their lives to pull themselves out of poverty. It punishes achievement while not accomplishing it's proclaimed goal of wiping out poverty.

    Answer by miriamz at 6:14 PM on Mar. 17, 2009

  • further proof that "war" is the wrong way to solve problems.

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:45 PM on Mar. 17, 2009

  • I would agree to stopping both. The gov won't though. . .

    Answer by lovinangels at 7:16 PM on Mar. 17, 2009

  • Helping the poor encompasses alot of programs. Welfare, food stamps, medicaid, CHIPS, school meals, school vouchers. It is not just a check on the 1st of every month. The war on drugs is also not just a "poor" thing anymore. There are drug users and dealers of all races and walks of life. We just happen to hear more about the ones that are unfortunate enough to fall under the poor heading. The drug war will never be won because there is always a guy sitting at the top and he is not going to give up the empire that he has built from the addiction of others. The only way it can be won is from the top down. Not the bottom up.

    Answer by foreverb3 at 7:25 PM on Mar. 17, 2009