To The Daily Sun,
Mr. Earle's letter of Feb. 11 highlights the problem with this country: the belief that it's government's duty to get people out of poverty.
Where in the Constitution does it say government is to get people out of poverty or provide jobs? And why is it up to "the GOP to come up with a plan for people to get out of poverty"? (Oh! The other party keeps people in poverty and on welfare!)
Mr. Earle tripped over something: as long as the welfare system rewards folks for not working, they will never transition out of poverty. Government programs are the problem. It is not the government's place to get people out of poverty — nor is it the responsibility of any political party — because there is no plan they can make that will work.
There are decades of research and education available if people want to get off welfare — but they have to truly want to do it. I think Nightingale Conant is the most well-known for self-improvement programs, but far from the only source. People can access these programs through their local libraries.
Government is the problem, not the answer to the economy. How can the government jump-start the economy again? Our federal legislators need to look at our country's history, and cut all government agencies and programs back to what we had at our most prosperous. Fat chance of that happening.
A.C.R. "Toni" Piper