Yes, they have to sell their personal belongings if they want to purchase something they believe is more valuable. They can own whatever they want. If choosing between a bowl of rice and a gun they choose the gun then they can starve for all I care.Can they own a camera to take a picture of their child's 1st birthday, are they allowed to have children, do they have to sell their wedding rings to get a block of government cheese, not allowed TV entertainment or news, can they own a radio, maybe they should be required to wear special patches to show where they live (to help reduce crime), etc?
How did they (the poor) advance before the internet? I will not comment on your reference to basketball and rap.For example, are they allowed the internet? Without access to the internet / computers how will their children ever get out of the projects. Basket ball and rap?
Emphatically, YES! If people want to take welfare and other handouts paid by hardworking Americans, then they must be held accountable for their actions. This is analogous to the corporate bailouts. The answer is the government should not give corporations or individuals MY MONEY.I get what you are saying, but just because people in troubled areas live in government housing does not mean they lose their rights to own what you think is a luxury. Since they can't afford housing does that also mean the state can deside how much they get paid and where they will work.
The problem is that people willingly take other's money and then expect to be free of responsibility.Other people desiding what you can own is not that much different then being a slave.
Exactly! KICK THEM OUT. The freeloaders on society have a disincentive to imrove themselves. THAT IS THE PROBLEM.To qualify for housing you need to meet certain requirements. There is a thought process out there that everything government is welfare, that the poor are lazy, but many of those people work more hours and jobs then you can imagine. They even get into situations where they are willing to take that 3rd or 4th job, but if they do, they would be kicked out of housing.
It is a matter of good judgement. Sit around at home and make a few hundred dollars a week or get a job, work 50 hours and make and extra hundred. Sound economic theory would advise not getting the job.
Most poor people are poor because the CHOOSE TO BE POOR.