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If You’re Poor In America…

With all the talk about income inequality and being poor in America, I think a healthy little reminder of  what you get in this country if you’re poor is in order…

  • Free health care in the form of Medicaid
  • Free food in the form of food stamps
  • Free money in the form of an Earned Income Tax Credit
  • Free and reduced  housing in the form of a Section 8 subsidy
  • Free and reduced higher education in the form of student aid.
  • Free and reduced costs for utilities, day care and other assistance through numerous state and federal programs.

With all this free stuff being given out, courtesy of the producer class, it’s clear to see how a safety net that is supposed to act as a trampoline easily gets turned into a hammock.

  • Wendy S

    A hammock? You’ve got to be kidding me. If I was in a position to be the beneficiary of those programs you’d better believe I’d be motivated to get up and get to work. I’d thank the folks who work hard every day, who are more fortunate than I to have a high paying job, who have enabled me to eat while I pick myself up. You better believe I wold be motivated to get back to work to give back what had been given to me.

    I’d bet that even you, Abdul Hakim-Shabazz, would take advantage of the programs you mock if you were forced to dire straights, perhaps because of job loss, perhaps due to unforeseen disability.

    Of course, you “forgot” to mention a reduced crime rate in your list. Given time I can probably come up with a few others you “missed”. Perhaps the “problem” isn’t the benefits, rather the culture who feels they’re trapped in such an abyss.

    Living in a free country isn’t free. You should be thankful the USA is so, so, so low in social spending as opposed to mocking the oh so thin safety net provided today.

  • Tom

    Wendy, you completely missed the point. But you do a good job at trolling blogs.

  • malercous

    The poor have it so easy, why would anyone work? Abdul, do you actually know anyone who’s poor? I do & they don’t have it as great as you think. It was only with Obamacare that poor people (other than kids) could get Medicaid (which only some doctors accept). Free food? Well not if one has no dependants & earns only slightly more than the minimum wage. (Oh, the program is SNAP. Food “stamps” haven’t been around for many years)

    Sec. 8 housing? Good luck there. What’s the wait time there? If its less than 6 years Indiana has a good program. Never heard of free higher ed., must be something new. Student aid doesn’t go very far.

    Your post makes you sound like Phil Robertson saying that blacks in the 60’s were had it pretty good & were so happy they would sing happy songs. Willfully ignorant or totally clueless.

  • John Howard

    For the record, what Roberson ACTUALLY said was:

    “I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person [in the pre-civil rights era South]. Not once. Where we lived was all farmers. The blacks worked for the farmers. I hoed cotton with them. I’m with the blacks, because we’re white trash. We’re going across the field…. They’re singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, ‘I tell you what: These doggone white people’—not a word!… Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.”

  • guy77money

    Your 100 percent correct Wendy! These safety nets are for the people with no job skills. Getting the right job skills for the uneducated is tough! People working at low paying jobs needs some incredible job skills. Watch Under Cover Boss to validate this! Could you see Abdul work a 12 hour shift at McDonald’s! It would be the joke of the year!!!!!! A UTUBE classic!!!!! Great post Wendy!!!

  • The_Amazing_Abdul

    For all intent and purposes, I was poor when I was in grad school. I also worked two part-time jobs and didn’t whine.

  • malercous

    Blogga please. But thanks for proving my point about being clueless. We were all “poor” in law school. I didn’t notice many people at SLU-Law who spent their lives in poverty however. You certainly didn’t.
    By any chance did your mother & the Colonel help you out in any way? Pay for anything like a car, insurance, a place to stay/rent, etc. while you were a single parent struggling on your own since high school to make it?
    Perhaps I’ve been too hard on you, for all I know you may have been born without an empathy gland.
    Still love you though.

  • The_Amazing_Abdul

    I paid for everything. My parents did not pay for grad or law school. In undergrad we had a very simple deal. My Dad made the down payments I reimbursed him.

  • malercous

    Kudos Abdul. Pretty much how I had it too, except for the down-payments. And while I didn’t grow up in poverty, things got kinda tight after Dad left us when I was in 5th grade. From age 16 til 18, I paid for everything I had (food, car, etc.) except for a place to stay, after that I was out on my own. Still, that wasn’t the same as growing up in poverty, I had a leg up. Even a few early (developmental) years in the middle class makes a difference, it really does. Also, not everyone is born with the same attributes; you & me happen to be blessed with above avg. intellect, not everyone outside of Lake Woebegone is so endowed. You don’t appear to take this factor into consideration. (Just saysin.’ Try to step out of your position in life.) KRE

  • Thorvington Finglethorpe

    The “hammock” line is slightly less racist than “welfare queens” line. Only slightly, though.

    It’s too bad you never used any of the safety-net programs when you were poor–then you’d know how un-hammock-like being on these programs actually is and could have avoided repeating such an ignorant, inaccurate dog-whistle.