I would describe my take on poverty in the U.S. like this:
1. you are without a home and job
2. if you have a place to live, you intermittently lack water, electricity, or both, or
the threat of utility shut-off is looming over your
3. if you are "working poor" you follow the monthly juggling act: For example: "Do I pay the car insurance premium so I can get to work the next week,
or do I pay all of the electric bill and save a little for groceries? Or do I "compromise" and send $x to the electric company, pay all of the
insurance and cut corners on the groceries so I can save money for gasoline?" You can substitute any variant here.
5. You work two jobs, just because neither one pays nearly what they should. The CEO needs money to send his kids to summer camp, and you need money
to send your kids to school in descent shoes.
4. You consider things like new clothes, shoes, name-brand foods, buying organic, and heath insurance luxuries.
6. You laugh at the upper-middle class and all their "ways to save money," especially pervasive in the media since the 2008 collapse, because all the
"new tricks" they've come up with you've been practicing as a way of life for as long as you can remember.
The list can can go on Ad nauseam, and is from experience. I've also worked my way from homeless to professional school, so I know digging your way
out is possible...but only if you've got the right mix of luck, opportunity and realization that it's possible. Social programs WORK, but only if
people WANT to better themselves.
edit on 6-6-2014 by FatherStacks because: (no reason given)