To the Editor,

In a letter made public by Reverends Sarah Moore Nokes and Willie Brisco, they speak for a coalition of faith based and anti-poverty groups who are setting a goal of cutting poverty in half within ten years in Wisconsin. In their letter, they propose no road map for ending child poverty beyond insinuating donations of time and money. Unbelievably, their dissertation includes a false premise: “growing up in poverty has lifelong damaging consequences”.

Growing up in the 50’s, I know plenty of folks who escaped poverty. The consequences of poverty were that people learned to be thrifty, get educated, and to take control of their lives. Poverty does not lead to criminal activity. Crime and corruption are what leads to poverty.

If this coalition is truly interested in ending poverty, they must first promote doing whatever it takes to eliminate crime in the cities and elsewhere. Escaping poverty requires a safe neighborhood; an obvious observation but not to the Progressive Democrats in charge of most cities. Next, children need to be educated in a disciplined environment in language, math, science, and history. Instead, children are placed in a disruptive environment and taught tolerance, diversity, climate change, and white privilege. This is common sense, but not to the Progressive Democrats who are running the schools. Third, the Great Society programs begun in the 60’s and expanded since have done nothing to eliminate poverty. Instead, poverty was institutionalized, and people demoralized, especially in the inner cities.

Sadly, the writers are so condescending to poor people that they don’t believe that people living in crime laden city neighborhoods can raise themselves “by their bootstraps”. With such low expectations of minorities and the poor; crime, illiteracy, and the resultant child poverty will continue unabated without regard to ten-year goals.

Dennis Gasper

Chair, Sheboygan County Republican Party

Readers Comments

Once again, I “gasp” at this
Submitted by dpatric2@gmail.com on Thu, 2018-01-11 06:56.
Once again, I “gasp” at this writer’s incomplete views on the issue of poverty. Yes…it is true that we have not eliminated poverty…but we have prevented millions from falling into poverty especially during weak economic times! So, what needs to be done? Create WELL PAYING JOBS! Raise the minimum wage! Increase the Earned Income Tax Credit for childless workers! Equal Pay…Female full-time workers earning just 78 cents for every $1 earned by men, action must be taken to ensure equal pay for equal work! Provide paid leave and paid sick days! Establish work schedules that work…low-wage and hourly jobs increasingly come with unpredictable and constantly shifting work schedules, which means workers struggle even more to balance erratic work hours with caring for their families. Invest in affordable, high-quality child care and early education! Expand Medicaid…lower income folks have more access to high-quality, affordable health coverage. Reduce our nations…highest in world for developed countries… incarceration rate by reforming the criminal justice system and enact policies that support successful re-entry! Do no harm that comes with across the board, less than meaningful cuts, to good programs that provide vital services. We need to move away from the “blame game,” like this writer often purports and work together to enact the policies that will increase economic security, expand opportunities, and grow the middle class!
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