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What do you consider the root cause of ongoing widespread crime and poverty in inner-city neighborhoods?

Lack of jobs? Breakdown of the family? Over-dependence on government? Other?

Asked By: Doctor O - 11/22/2009
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The breakdown of the family... More
Answered By: bwlobo - 11/22/2009
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LIBERALISM
Answered By: Kayleen - 11/22/2009
 
Poverty is the root of crime. Lack of jobs is the root of poverty
Answered By: Dastardly - 11/22/2009
 
dddd
Answered By: Lucas - 11/22/2009
 
Lack of bible knowledge and greed.
Answered By: Ralphie - 11/22/2009
 
More people than jobs. And the situation gets worse every time another company takes its jobs overseas.
Answered By: Deke666 - 11/22/2009
 
THE MAN !!!!!
Answered By: Touche' - 11/22/2009
 
Over-dependence on government. You said it, bro!
Answered By: Max - 11/22/2009
 
Republican elitism...Keep good people down so there Will be a RULING CLASS.
Answered By: Massive Mann - 11/22/2009
 
stupid parents that don't bring the kids up right SPANKING, if you don't spank a bad kid, he will become a criminal
Answered By: You may be right - 11/22/2009
 
All three are strong contributing factors. But I truly believe that we have told these communities for fifty years that they are victims with no chance of getting ahead in life. Victimhood coupled with idleness is a toxic brew.
Answered By: Lawrence - 11/22/2009
 
Mr. Y.T Devil
Answered By: Frank Capo - 11/22/2009
 
Unemployment. Poverty, Lack of social activites etc
Answered By: A.J - 11/22/2009
 
GOP oppression
Answered By: Old School MC - 11/22/2009
 
Well it just can't be lack of jobs...I thought the economy was recovering? At least that's what libs are saying.
Answered By: Fartface McNumbnuts - 11/22/2009
 
it all begins with the single mother or the once in a blue moon 2 parents. If the in charge person of the children would teach them morals, responsibility and have values , and be involved in their life you would have a good 75% cut in crime and drugs
Answered By: HEAD M&M IN CHARGE - 11/22/2009
 
Perhaps the fact that we as a country choose to accept a continuous high unemployment rate without generous unemployment benefits, or that we choose not to educate the underclasses well, or perhaps it is simply the inequality of wealth, or the prevalence of poverty, or the lack of upward mobility from the lowest decile... More
Answered By: Bob - 11/22/2009
 
i don't know anybody that can't get a job that really wants one. everybody that i know has no trouble in finding one. i also know people on welfare that have jobs
Answered By: no left turn - 11/22/2009
 
All of the above But it all starts with lack of jobs. then goes into breakdown of family and over dependence of gov
Answered By: Giachetta *Italian Chick* - 11/22/2009
 
People. I blame it on people.
Answered By: Suspended_23 - 11/22/2009
 
They keep voting Democrat. Just look at every major city in this country. They vote Democrat every election.
Answered By: Greg - 11/22/2009
 
The capitalist system. Capitalism creates inequalities which lead to conflict. Greed, selfishness and want are associated with capitalism, and it is these which lead people to committing crime. In a capitalist society there are pressures to break the law, which affect people from all sections of society from the... More
Answered By: Karl Marx - 11/22/2009
 
No, no, and youre last one is back asswards... More
Answered By: Shitty - 11/22/2009
 
Lack of high-paying jobs, lack of available services, lack of a decent education...
Answered By: Sky - 11/22/2009
 
Poverty itself... More
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Answered By: Jochan A Forest - 11/22/2009
 
I would say you've listed some of the primary contributions, and personally I would have to go with the breakdown in the family. At least as far as my personal experience goes, it seems that most of the "trouble-makers" I've known in my life have not had a solid family unit to support them. I would theorize that... More
Answered By: Thanatos - 11/22/2009
 
LIBERAL THINKING Lazy people with No morals, no work ethic is being taught. A mentality of "entitlement." Any more questions?
Answered By: paulj53@att.net - 11/22/2009
 
All the above and then some... More
Answered By: mom - 11/22/2009
 
People that should be productive contributers are under educated which means that they are under employed or unemployable. Those people that resort to crime are not over dependent on the government, if anything the government is a hinderance. Realistically if the government were to abandon the poor in the inner city... More
Answered By: Big Brodie - 11/22/2009
 
The breakdown of the family causing over dependence on the government. It was precisely what Daniel Moynihan predicted for the anti poverty measures in the 1960's. Read "The n***o Family: The Case For National Action" by him.
Answered By: SammyCal - 11/22/2009
 
I've always agreed with strain theory... More
Answered By: Paul - 11/22/2009
 
There seems to be a correlation between median income levels and crimes in the USA. The Southern states tend to have the highest rates while New England has the lowest. The United States has 5% of the world's population and 25% of the world's incarcerated population. Most of those behind bars come from the lowest socio... More
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Answered By: film aficionado - 11/22/2009
 
Poverty
Answered By: Kant - 11/23/2009
 
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