By JR on Friday, December 11, 2015
Must not say that the poor mostly keep themselves poor
Why are these delicate flowers being shielded from this perfectly reasonable nuts-and-bolts theory of poverty? Even were the theory factually wrong, why are these nearly fully mature young minds in need of protection from its consideration?
Clearly, the problem was that Shapiro challenged the Leftist creed that poor people are helpless victims of our wicked society who need the Left to save them
Ben Shapiro was told he 'crossed a line' during a speech sponsored by Young America’s Foundation at Otay Ranch High School near San Diego.
Shapiro was talking about income mobility in the United States. “The reason people are permanently poor in the United States isn’t because they don’t have money, it’s because they suck with money. The reasons people are temporarily poor can vary,” he said to the crowd of 450 students.
“That’s not even controversial. If you’re permanently poor for your entire life, you’re not great with money by definition,” he continued before being interrupted by school administrator Dean Nafarrete.
“I’m sorry, Mr. Shapiro,” he began. “I’m at a point right now, where, quite frankly, I’m going to dismiss the students… With all due respect, Mr. Shapiro, Mr. Shapiro represents a narrative that he’s providing to all you guys based on his opinions, what he believes, what he wants to share with all of you. I know that the education was there for all of you to understand, the left side, right side, whatnot, but also the opportunity was allowed for him to impress some of his opinions on certain things… I think what this is getting into now, it’s starting to cross a line.”
Shapiro asked “what line would that be”, but Nafarrete continued to tell students they could leave. This received boos from the crowd to the school's administrator.
According to Breitbart half of the students stayed and Nafarrete told Shapiro that he dismissed the students to 'protect their feelings.'
“This is why young Americans are moving left,” said Shapiro. “The left has hijacked our educational system from the bottom up. It doesn’t start in college. It doesn’t even start in high school. Teaching American children that they are victims of a cruel and unjust system is a nasty lesson few Americans unlearn. And apparently, if you attempt to teach that they have every opportunity in the freest nation in the history of the world to succeed, you will ‘cross the line.’”
I know that Shapiro is right. In my early years, I lived on government dole payments a couple of times. And not only did I have a comfortable life then but I even saved money!
In our society these days, poverty is mostly caused by foolish behavior. All the poor people I have come across have plenty of money for beer and cigarettes. And I used to run a 22-room boarding house in a poor area so I do know the poor very well. I used to see the boxes of "goon" (cheap white wine) coming into the building every "payday" (the day when welfare payments arrived)