(04-02-2013 04:24 PM)earmuffs Wrote:
(04-02-2013 12:55 PM)Aseptic Skeptic Wrote: OK, but just how far do you want to take this?
No, you're taking what I said too far.
When should the government get involved in troubled homes, and what should that involvement be? How will the government even know if a home is troubled? Should all parents have monthly sessions with government shrinks to make sure they're raising their kids correctly (and by correctly, I mean according to what the government establishes as "correct")? What is the penalty, removing the kids from their parents (and put them where)? Jail time for the parents (where to the kids go)? Fining the parents (who often are just scraping by so fining them makes their situation worse, not better)? Public flogging?
Who establishes the definition of what is "correct"? I hope it's not Gov. Perry in Texas - his version of "correct" is certainly different than mine. Are you sure you want to involve the government so heavily in deciding you you raise your own kids?
As for getting involved in schools, the government is already FULLY involved in that, and look where it's gotten us in the U.S. Teachers are paid crap. Classrooms are too big. Textbooks are out of date (if the kids are lucky enough to have text books). Even the kids who want to learn and make something of themselves are fighting a losing battle. Sure, some of them still win, but government-funded and government-run school systems sure haven't made it easy for them.
All of this stuff will cost money. Who's going to pay for it? Taxes? I'm already taxed to the gills, I can barely afford to live. Besides, the rich politicians would work it so the poor working class schmucks would be the ones to shoulder the new tax burden - precisely the people you want to help. Reallocate government spending? Hasn't worked so far; our government can't balance its current budget without adding more costs like this.
You're talking government reforms, social reforms, justice reforms. Heck, when you start unraveling everything that's interconnected this way and try to put it back together into a new tapestry that works, you're practically reinventing socialism.
That's all I need...
There are no easy answers here.
And my fear is, when you give the government that much control, how long until we have no liberties left? If history has taught us anything, it's that governments don't relinquish power once they have it.
The most at-risk children are children from poor backgrounds. It's just a fact, poor kids are more likely to get involved in drugs, gangs, crime and violence.
Poverty is the overall underlining issue here.
If you can move poor people to a point where they can work and have a reasonable standard of living, then crime will drastically reduce.
When I say the government should be focused on the family at the very beginning I don't mean the state should assign a referree for that families life. I mean that you need to address why that family, why that child I should say, resort to crime. If you can reduce the poverty rate you can increase that families standard of living and children are less likely to go into crime.
In saying that, welfare needs to be changed too. Part of the issue with poor families is they take the welfare check and just spend it on drugs or booze (not all I know, but the families we're talking about do), what example does that set for the children? It's no wonder children get into drugs or drinking or whatever when the parents are.
Even something as subtitle as a TV add can make a difference.
It's not about a guiding hand, not this monthly family inspection shit you're going on about. It's 100% doable, it's just noone with the power to do so does do so.
I'm not reinventing socialism, I'm saying we (earth) should be heading in that direction.
Capitalism private market sure, but health care, education and prisons should all be state owned and the first two should be free. It's really not hard. Norway, Sweden, Finland, Australia, New Zealand and many other countries considered to have a good standard of living do this. You can have capitalist free markets and still have socialist social policies. You wont turn into a big evil commy, I promise.
As for education, once again it's not about the government controlling everything. It's about teachers realizing the students in need and then the school or whatever getting that student into special learning programs or whatever to get that child back on track.
Here's an idea, free breakfast for all students. Denmark do this. Many poor students go to school without breakfast. Without breakfast you don't concentrate, if you don't concentrate you don't learn (unless you're me), you don't learn to begin with you don't keep up as schooling goes on, you don't get an education, you become unemployable, you resort to crime.
Free breakfast doesn't even need to be a government thing. Here our largest dairy company donates milk to children every morning. For them it's marketing and they can write it off as a charitable donation, and for the children they get free milk. Last night on the news, Tip Top, our largest bread company announced that they are doing that same.
As for the rehabilitation centers, I think that's a shit idea.
While I belive all criminals should be taught a trade or get some sort of education etc.. what you have to remember is that a crime was commited. Irrespective of their background, someone else in the community was wronged and so justice does have to eb served.
This is why I say they should be taught a trade whilst in jail.
Quote:The people who call themselves government don't and can't prevent
anything. All they can do is react and the only tools they use when they
react are punitive.
Wrong, the government has all the power in the world and are very capable of reacting. It's not a question of can they, it's a question of why the fuck aren't they.
Quote:For instance, you mentioned that the government could do something more
for kids in school. Well, by the time a child reaches school age,
his/her personality is already developed. i.e., if the person has been
raised in a violent household, has been neglected as an infant etc, the
negative affects of that treatment have already been set. School can't
help at that point.
I'm sorry, I wasn't aware that you are mentally fucked in the head.
Quote: Likewise, you can teach a criminal all the job skills in the world, but
if the person is not psychologically capable of peaceful interaction
with others, those skills are for naught.
Sure. I'm not saying give a criminal a trade skill and he will never be a criminal again. BUT it is a proven fact that criminals who come out of prisons with trades and/or skills are far far less likely to reoffend then someone without who just falls into the same patterns.
What you have to remember is that these people are human beings. More often then not they are in their situation due to a chain reaction of events in their life. If you can, and mind the corniness, show them the light and put a bit of faith and trust in them and teach them a trade then you'd be surprised of the turn arounds that can be made.
It's people like you with this fucked up mentality that criminals are all evil unfixable beasts that is halting any progress in this sector.
Look at the way things are done in America now, please point to where a difference is being made? Crime is high, prison populations are really high, criminals are being thrown out of prison early because room needs to be made for more criminals. It's a failing system. I don't see how any logical person can see how that model is in any way sustainable.
Quote:There are no easy answers here.
There really is an easy answer. There really is.
The government has full power to do something about it, to make actual change to real peoples lives, but it doesn't.
The governing bodies are made up of inadequate human beings, despite some very strong skills in specific areas, like the rest of us.
Where there is no strong compliance, governments disagree even among themselves, let alone the opposition, and this is healthy, as people en masse at least keep trying.
Democracy, for all its faults, IMO allows for some creative growing for its citizens.