I wholeheartedly disagree with this statement. in my job, I work with at-risk families who are in the lower-income demographic and often struggle with alot of psychological problems that are associated with poverty. when money was invested to this small neighbourhood, (as in cleaning up the areas, more police presence, viable community center w/ access to programs) there was a noticable shift in lower drug/gang related crimes. more kids were graduating highschool and when bursaries were offered for these low-income kids, they stepped up (academically) and were able to get a post secondary education. It's not about propping up the poor to "someone elses" standard, they're OUR standards. standards that should be achievable by most people who are given a fair opportunity that doesn't get squandered. We live in a society, and despite any left/right bickering that might go on, we should really look at the kind of society we want to live in, and whether we want to deal with the same issues with poverty we've been dealing with forever. now I'm not saying GIVE THE POOR HANDOUTS, but provide them with the means to help themselves, and more often than not, they will work their asses off to have something better. also, to label all poor as having victim mentality or are just lazy/stupid is ignorant and just perpetuates the same stereotypical notion that people have of right-wingers. I'm sure you're speaking of the minority of the poor who may have those qualities, but it's not helpful when wanting to address these core issues that affect so many people. suggesting people are poor only because of their bad decisions is as much a cop out as the poor saying they're a product of their environment.