The state of being extremely poor
-the condition of being without adequate food, money, etc
So, there we have 3 definitions from different sources.
The reason I am on the subject is I get pretty sick of hearing the word. Here in New Zealand, the subject is so often brought up. There are supposedly 250-300,00 children in NZ living in Poverty.
But, what is Poverty ?
If people feel they don’t have enough money to pay the bills, should they continue to have children ? A week or so ago I read that people living in Poverty have never been taught about contraception. I’m sure they have heard a thing or two about it. Money is part of the reason my wife and I stopped at 2 children. It seemed a better option than 5 or 6. It puzzles me why some woman have 5 or 6 children to 3 different fathers, or a man would want to have as many children with a few woman. These children should receive support dollars , but in that situation rarely receive it. Some of the people that are said to be living in Poverty live in the most expensive city in New Zealand. This city ( Auckland ) has about a quarter of our 4.5 million people population. We constantly hear of the rising house prices of Auckland when there is much cheaper houses in other parts of the country.
In Political circles, we constantly hear of how some parties would solve the “poverty” problem. They would simply give more dollars and tax the people earning the higher incomes more. That seems a bit unfair to me. Those people on the big incomes have worked very hard to get there.When you look at what a Solo Mother with one child receives on welfare, it’s not far away from what my wife started on as a Teacher. That Solo Mother didn’t have to get pregnant, it was a choice. So, how do you save some money ? Cut out smoking, drinking, gambling, vehicles & takeaways. What about fancy Mobiles ? I’m sure some households could save $30-50 a week if they tried. If a government constantly dishes out money to people, they expect more and more. It’s like when my family and I go and feed the ducks. The longer we are there and the more bread we throw out, the greater number of ducks come to get some bread.
Yes, we do have to look after everyone, but it should only go so far.
People need to make good decisions for themselves.