Comments on: What America won in the ‘War on Poverty’ http://blogs.reuters.com/edgy-optimist/2014/01/10/what-america-won-in-the-war-on-poverty/ A clear-eyed view from Zachary Karabell Thu, 06 Feb 2014 10:10:54 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: OneOfTheSheep http://blogs.reuters.com/edgy-optimist/2014/01/10/what-america-won-in-the-war-on-poverty/#comment-2160 Sat, 11 Jan 2014 05:06:51 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/edgy-optimist/?p=442#comment-2160 Mr, Karabell opens a Pandora’s box when speaking to Americans and ignoring the rest of the world. Today America is part of a global economy and global expectations. America’s “poor” are today incredibly well off on a global standard.

Billions remain without electricity or running water (and basic sanitation).” For the great majority basic healthcare is primitive to such extent as it is available, and the elderly remain at the mercy of their families.

Yes, here in America a safety net of questionable sustainability has raised expectations. Not all agree that air conditioning is a “need”. Few of our military in WWII, Korea and Vietnam had the benefit of AC, and yet they got the job done.

Access to healthcare for the elderly is not universal and with the capability of modern medicine increasing at a rate approaching infinity it should be clear to one and all that society can’t afford to replace every homeless alcoholic’s liver or provide a transplant to every obese American with an enlarged heart.

At some point we must again think with our brains and not our hearts. Economic reality will dictate when the bar has been raised too high as to what “…every American deserves”.

The consensus needed is one among ordinary working citizens, the ones that ultimately pay for EVERYTHING, as to what we CAN AFFORD and AGREE to provide beyond food, clothing and shelter. Just because there is much more “…within the ability of government to provide…” does not mean that American workers can or should be “on the hook” for it.

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