posted on Dec, 11 2007 @ 01:40 PM
reply to post by LightinDarkness
YOUR part of a conspiracy to place blame on the government for your own inability to handle money.
What evidence can you provide that I am unable to handle money? Once again your statements reek of the very ingonorance that only proves the
effectiveness of the conspiracy being brought down upon the American working-class. Your ignorance is proof of the effectiveness of the disinformation
campaign that you in-turn perpetuate.
FACT: Only 1.8 million people (of a population of 300 MILLION) are paid minimum wage. Of those, over ONE HALF are teenagers (they aren't living on
their own and their family is supporting them). Of those half, over ONE HALF live in families making over twice the poverty line.
Thank you for proving that statistcs are slanted and manipulated to perpetuate the very myths which you endorse. You have interjected your own false
assumption under the banner of "fact." This proves that you are unable to view facts objectively, and that you are emotionally biased without the
ability to exercise true critical thinking. Just because a teen is living with their family does not
equate to being supported by
family. Working teens are all-to-often saddled with the burden of supporting or helping to support their family, and will never be able to move out on
their own. They have to drop out of high school to put food on the table, and then people like you blame them for making bad decisions.
I am by no means endorsing government handouts to people who are unwilling to help themselves, but there is no excuse to have a class of "working
poor." Furthermore, having a class of working poor is a relatively recent development in America, proving once again that conditions are worsening.
Those who believe in "an honest day's work for an honest day's pay," now find themselves doing two days of work for half a day's pay.
Don't even get me started on the poverty line either. Could you survive on $10,294 dollars this year? And keep in mind that if you make a single
dollar more you are not
poor any longer.
Since you seem to think that I have pulled my opinions out of thin air for some reason, I will provide a sample of the sort of information that I come
across time and time again in my research.
The following quotes were found here
One in five children in the U.S. lives in poverty. Research has shown that the share of children who will experience poverty at some point in their
lives is closer to 40 percent, because families move in and out of poverty over time. The United States has the highest child poverty rate of 18
industrialized nations, according to a United Nations survey. One reason is that America also has the lowest government benefits to families with poor
In her recently published book, It Takes a Nation, Rebecca Blank considers the poverty problem in the United States and what can be done about it. One
of her main findings is that job creation in the 1990s has not cut into poverty the way it did in the 1960s. The "stagnation of wages at the lower
end of the wage spectrum is preventing employment gains from reducing poverty rates," says Blank, who is chief economist for the Council of Economic
Advisors. Recent increases in the minimum wage will "help some, but exactly how much is hard to predict" A substantial number of the working poor in
America already earn the minimum wage
[edit on 12/11/0707 by jackinthebox]