Why are there any poor people in the U.S. anyway?
Why are there any poor people at all in the richest country in the world? Why doesn’t every household make enough money to cover the basic necessities and then some?
To identify the causes of poverty, all you need to do is put on your detective or scientist hat, and ask yourself, if you were evil and put together a dastardly plan to keep poor people poor, what clever, horrible strategy would you come up with?
If you were a brilliant evil genius, your plan would probably be something like this:
1. Deny poor kids a decent education.
A person’s quality of education is a major factor in how much a person earns. So make sure poor kids do not get a decent education.
In their first 12 years of school, do not give poor children any practical job skills. Do not provide them with and valuable training on getting jobs, writing resumes, acing an job interview, working with bosses and co-workers, managing people, sales and marketing, personal money management, starting their own business, or any other topic that will help them succeed in the real world.
Instead, lock them in public inner city schools that are barely more than day jails, and make sure they can barely read or write and have zero real job skills when the half that graduate high school do.
If criticized, just explain that, although the U.S. spends more per student than any country in the world, and lags behind almost every other developed nation in quality of education, the problem is that we need more money for schools and teachers!
Amazingly, people will believe this nonsensical argument if you say it enough times and you can keep poor kids from having any chance to compete in the job market, thereby keeping them poor and unemployed.
At all costs do not allow them to enjoy the same quality of private schooling rich kids enjoy! Fight every pro-school-choice attempt to give poor kids vouchers so they can attend nice private schools and have a real chance at a quality education.
2. Make goods more expensive than they need to be so poor families cannot make ends meet.
Hit the poor with all kinds of “hidden taxes” to make the goods and services needed to survive more expensive.
For example, inflation, created by the private Federal Reserve banking system, hits the poor the hardest. Business taxes and regulations drive up the cost of goods. Tariffs and trade restrictions make products more expensive. The more pricey living expenses become, the fewer poor families are able to make it on their own and must resort to dependency on the government.
3. Make sure poor youth cannot get jobs.
Perform a double whammy on poor youth by not only denying them an education, but also denying them the opportunity to learn valuable skills on the job by making it illegal for companies to hire unskilled workers and train them.
This is easy to do with constant increases in the minimum wage. This way, it is impossible for businesses to hire anyone who is not experienced and skilled enough to be worth the minimum wage required, keeping poor youth unemployment sky high. (Currently, teen unemployment is over 27%, black teen unemployment over 43%, thanks to minimum wage laws.)
So, anyone lacking skills of a sufficient level cannot legally get a job, meaning poor youth continue to be unemployed, and seek other ways to survive, perpetuating the cycle of poverty.
Do not let minimum wage laws get repealed! Because then, most poor employed teenagers would have jobs, learning valuable job skills and working their way up, and by their 30’s, might be managers or business owners earning the big bucks! Stop poor kids from having this opportunity to succeed at all costs.
4. Offer financial rewards for mothers to stay single.
Instead of getting married and raising kids in a two parent family, persuade poor women to bring up kids alone by rewarding the mother with financial incentives to do so.
This way, we can make it much tougher on poor kids to grow up in a stable, two parent family, and make it more likely the cycle of poverty will continue on through many generations.
5. Continue the War on Drugs.
Once you have denied a poor youth a good education, and denied them the opportunity to legally work by eliminating entry-level jobs with minimum wage laws, one of the last options poor youth have to make a decent living will be selling drugs. By keeping criminal penalties severe for victimless drug transactions, you can keep poor youth in and out of jails where they can learn criminal behavior from, be influenced by, and make connections with violent criminals, drawing them into a life of crime.
6. Reward teenage pregnancies.
Before the government started offering financial incentives to teenagers for having babies, teen pregnancies were relatively rare. But after offering payment, we’ve achieved the amazing rate of 34 percent of teenagers having at least one pregnancy before they turn 20.
Since 79 percent of teenagers who become pregnant are unmarried (see #4), and only one-third of teenage mothers complete high school and receive their diplomas (see #1), this evil scheme achieves the goal of keeping poor young women uneducated, with 80 percent of unmarried teen mothers ending up on welfare.
The daughters of teen mothers are 22 percent more likely than their peers to become teen mothers, perpetuating the cycle, and sons of teenaged mothers have a 13 percent greater chance of ending up in prison compared to their peers.
This 6-point evil plan, even though each part was conceived and supported mostly by well-meaning people, continues to doom the poorest among us to lives of poverty and hopelessness.