The contempt and disgust people who have never been poor have for people who ARE poor is a sign of their lack of their basic humanity. It’s hard to be poor. It’s dangerous to be poor.
Most of the people I know who say that poor people have it ‘too easy,’ couldn’t last a goddamn week being poor….
She’s right. Those who haven’t been poor, who say the poor are lazy, that jobs are just laying on the ground … they have no clue. None. I’d like to see them live in a four-room house with a coal stove for heat and an outhouse for a bathroom for—oh, let’s be nice and say a month.
Or how about the lap of luxury, a trailer.
I don’t think they could do it. Feed the kids? Gas for the car? Utility bills when you’re poor? Two, three jobs, or public assistance?
I don’t think so.
I work for the Department of Social Services, so I do things like determine eligibility for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, aka food stamps), and let me tell you…while there are certainly individuals who abuse the system, you would not want to trade places with a single one of my clients. yes, even the ones who abuse the system. it’s not like anyone ever gets rich off the system.
the vast majority are not lazy. they’re just trying to do the best they can while up against backbreaking odds…struggling with two or three crappy part-time jobs where entitled affluent people sneer down their noses at them while they do work for eight bucks an hour that the same entitled affluent people wouldn’t do for fifty. trying to get food on the table and keep the lights on, keep a roof over your kids’ heads…
anyone who tells me that poor people are lazy will get slapped.