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Conclusion: Win-Win Poverty Reduction and Prevention

IJED, Vol. 2 No. 2, (2000)

A five-part program is suggested for poverty reduction and prevention. First, in random order is the need to find jobs for displaced workers. This may involve: (1) commissioning employment agencies to do placement work with payment only after the workers are on the job or a few months, (2) wage-subsidy vouchers that enable employers to hire beginning employees and provide on-the-job training, (3) training vouchers especially
to deal with new technologies, and (4) economic growth, especially via new technologies, education, competition, and fair trade. Second is the need for improved education of low-income people. This may mean: (1) federal financing of merit pay for inner-city teachers, (2)integrated schools by developing middle class and subsidized condominium communities near downtown employment, (3) contracting out and vouchers for attending secular schools, and (4) housing vouchers to enable low-income people to move up one concentric circle so their children can attend better schools. Third, merit treatment by having outreach programs for low-income students and potential employees to receive training that will enable them to pass high admissions and employment standards. Fourth, on-site registration and holiday voting to facilitate low-income people participating in elections. Fifth, drug medicalization to reduce drug-related crimes by providing for phase-out prescriptions for drugs to addicts in order to eliminate the incentive of drug dealers to create new addicts. Doing so will lessen the victimization of low-income people to addicts (who rob for drug money) and to exploitative drug dealers.

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