<p>Did anybody watch Dateline NBC tonight? </p>
<p>Here's the transcript from the show: <a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38382773/%5B/url%5D">http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38382773/</a>
To summarize, Ann Curry went to rural Ohio and saw some examples of poverty. Here are my thoughts:</p>
<p>-What needs to happen is not only job creation, but a change in the way these people think.
If you are having trouble putting food on the table, why can you afford cigarettes? We need to use these people as examples to the next generation of what addictions can do to you. There was a high school student who was getting straight A's but dropped out of school because she got pregnant but then had THREE other children in three years. In this case, more needs to be done as far as emphasizing safe sex in high school and the use of condoms at the very least if not abstinence. There's a lot of criticism of the show because people are saying stuff like "why doesn't he sell his gold necklace?", "if he's poor, why are they overweight?", "simple, quit smoking <it's not="" that="" easy="">", but I don't think criticism helps here, helping these people change their lifestyles will do it.</it's></p>
<p>-How do we get people their jobs back? A lot of them were probably in the auto industry and got laid off. Tons of our jobs are being outsourced every year. And my brother just came back from West Virginia last week where tons of people work in coal mines. I know that I'm against the use of coal but if we stop using coal, these people will be put out of work as well. I just wish people would put politics aside and just give these people a job instead of bailing them out with money.</p>
<p>Overall, I'm very disturbed that this is happening in my country, one of the most powerful and wealthiest in the world. What to do about it is undetermined. I think it's gonna take work on both ours and the people in poverty to change this. I know we don't live like the people in Kenya and at the least the people on this show have a trailer or car to live in, but these are our people and we should help change their habits or help them out by giving them a job.</p>
<p>Any thoughts on what I just said or about the show?</p>