Originally posted by badgerman24
reply to post by FortAnthem
The article says the govt calls $10,830/yr the poverty level for a single person. Maybe if they live at home and their parents pay for their food.
Otherwise that's WAY less than anyone could live off of in this country.
He says that this is based on "foundational expenses"; IMO, that would be rent, food and utilities ONLY.
Ok I just have to:
According to your "foundational expenses", A person would have to basically:
Get up in the mourning, eat and walk to work naked and stinky. No sundries,or clothing in your "foundational expenses". No transportation either
(weather it be mass transit, your own car or car pooling , all involve money). Of course there is no room in your "foundational expenses" for cookware
or any of the basics for cooking either, but I will assume the person has them and they never need to be replaced.
Work and walk home from work. (All this walking, how many miles away do you feel a person should be able to walk to work and back everyday regardless
of weather..again naked.)..
Get home, eat and basically stare a a blank wall till they fall asleep on the floor.
Remember, no entertainment, cable, TV, Movies, Dating (At least for the guys, women possibly could get away with no money for this..but again naked
and stinky..well maybe naked would help
, maybe books if they can walk to the library and back after walking to and from work everyday. Really no
social life at all, of course there are some free things to do, but the vast majority of the time when people socialize, it involves at least some
money. No furniture, so that means the floor for everything, relaxing, sleeping, eating etc, also does not help for a social life.
Sleep, get up (again assuming they have a clock..again not included in your expenses)..eat..walk to work.......
What about days off, stare at a wall, I guess the library would work, but honestly, is it really appropriate to expect one to read and stare at walls
on all their "living" time? I guess they could walk to a second job, but then we are talking about the poverty and today's economics.
Now I was being silly with some of the post (the naked and stinky...hehehe), but the point is somebody could not be expected to live their lives this
way. We need more than just to be drones to the workplace and have nothing else but the basics to survive, what is the point of surviving like this.
More than likely one who has to live this way would either turn to crime or end their lives.
I agree that the numbers in the OP article are high, and honestly most people do live well on less, but people need more than just enough to survive,
I am not talking about fancy cars or even cars at all for that matter, or big screen televisions,top end cable packages or other luxury items but when
considering poverty, you must also consider there is more to life than just the basics of roof, food and utilities.
edit on 15-3-2011 by Dreamwatcher because: Quote fail