Friday, June 23, 2006

The Problem with Eliminating Poverty

I see that John Edwards has proposed eliminating poverty within the next three decades. He'll raise the minimum wage and give other incentives to the poor. A laudable goal.

There is, however, a catch. Included in his plan is that the poor must work. Another laudable goal but this one has a problem attached. As this country continues to bleed the employed and to eliminate, outsourcing, or off-shore more and more jobs, the possibility of getting a job diminishes daily as the number of jobs shrinks.

It would be interesting if an appeal to patriotism included a call to employers and shareholders to keep good-paying jobs here in the long-term interest of the country instead of the short-term interest of quarterly stock gains.

It would be more ethical, too.

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