posted on Mar, 24 2008 @ 07:04 PM
Originally posted by EndOfFile
Well I use to live near Cleveland and it was easy to go drive through the projects and see people on welfare with 1 or more cars...
Sorry but that's just garbage. Being poor isn't just about not having much money, it's a trap that is extremely hard to pull out of, for many
reasons, that can't be generalised and stereotyped like you want it to be.
How many of those people in that 'project' are actually on welfare? Did you ask any of them? You 'drove through' I live in it, and I can tell you
from 10 years experience of living in it you are incredibly wrong, misguided, and completely misunderstand the problems of poverty and what poverty
People are not poor because they have a TV? A microwave? These things don't have to come from 'black markets', or the high priced retail store.
Most of them come from pawn shops, or second hand from neighbours. Also how many of these people have bought these TV's since they've been on
'welfare'? Maybe they had a job at one time? I had 2 expensive guitars (les paul and ovation) that I did recently sell but not because I had to
but for other reasons. But point is owning those instruments didn't make me any less 'poor'. Selling them didn't make me rich either, as I think
you assume people should sell all their possessions before they are considered 'poor'? How long does a couple thousand dollars last if you have to
pay rent etc.? 2 months if you're thrifty?
What about businesses and the insane amount of money given to them to keep them from being 'poor'? There is far more corporate 'welfare' than
'welfare' for the poor....
Welfare for the poor is just pocket change compared to how much of your tax dollars are wasted by your government. The poor are the symptom of a
system gone bad. We need to fix the cause...