Lifeboat Ethics Essay

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Lifeboat Ethics

Hardin's "Lifeboat Ethics: The Case Against the Poor"
- No! You Cannot Come in Garrett Hardin writes about saving the poor in his essay"Lifeboat Ethics: The Case Against the Poor" found in The Blair Reader. Hardin writes about how the rich countries are in the lifeboat and the poor countries are swimming in the ocean. He also writes about how the United States helps other countries. Hardin feels that if the government keeps helping other countries and letting people in then America will also drown. "We must convince them if we wish to save at least part of the world form environmental ruin"(page 765). Why should I help the poor countries? Why should I let the immigrants in? I see no reason for helping someone that
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The middle class people cannot move up. The middle class cannot get ant help from the government. It makes me mad that the poor Americans do not take advantages of some of the opportunities available for them. The middle class people sometimes work two or three jobs to pay for their own or their children's college education. The government should use the money they are sending to other countries to help the taxpayers. In my family we have just enough money to get by. I do not see the government knocking on my door handing me food or money. Why should they give my money to other countries? The government will not help my family because our gross income is too high to receive any help. Well true maybe our gross income is high, but we do not take all that money home. The government is taking money out of my paycheck, money that I struggle for, and giving it to other countries. I have my own dependents to take care of. I should not have to take care of other people. It was my decision to have my children. If I wanted more dependents, I would have them. The government also tells me that if I had gotten a used car with cheap payments then I would have extra money left over. Why should I have to get a used car? If I get a used car, I will only be spending more money getting it fixed. I am tired of the government giving me excuses on why I do not need any help. The only reason the government cannot help me is because they do not have the money. The only reason the
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