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Jobs and Opportunity

"Any strategy to reduce intergenerational poverty has to be centered on work, not welfare- not only because work provides independence and income but also because work provides order, structure, dignity, and opportunities for growth in people's lives."

"Still we can assume that with lawful work available for young men now in the drug trade, crime in many communities would drop; that as a consequence more employers would locate businesses in these neighborhoods and a self-sustaining economy would begin to take root... over the course of ten or fifteen years norms would begin to change, young men and women would begin to imagine a future for themselves, marriage rates would rise, and children would have a more stable world in which to grow up."

- Both of these excerpts are taken from The Audacity of Hope by President Barack Obama

Not that I agree with everything President Obama has done as our Nation's Leader, but there is much merit to his statements here.

Jobs and economic opportunity opens the door for community and social improvement. When people have jobs, they tend to feel better about themselves and are further enabled to support their families. Where jobs are, crime and poverty drops, educational attainment increases, people tend to be healthier, and goodwill is supported.

Where jobs and opportunities do not exist, economic and social decline are bound to ensue.

Jobs help break the cycle of poverty. Jobs are not the end-all-be-all solution to poverty, but they are a fundamental necessity for any successful strategy aiming for economic and social improvement.

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