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I really don't like this article. I'm 23, paying for supporting myself and going to college via student loans and grants, and I lived my entire life below the poverty line. My family looked like a white middle class family. These photographs show where supposed poverty stricken people live, but it doesn't show the people. We usually lived in apartments or rented a house where we eventually got evicted anyway. Then we were homeless for a very long time.
My point is, I just didn't think this article showed "poverty" for what it really is. Poverty hasn't kept me or my siblings from graduating high school or making good grades, because that's what our parent(yes, singular, divorced twice) expected of us. Our clothes weren't perfect but they were decent and usually from the Goodwill.
There is a lot to be learned about poverty and what keeps families in that position. Because in my case, and many others' cases I believe, the adults in the family are to blame. Not the government, not the community. Some people just aren't wise with their money, and they fail to teach their kids better. And the schools don't teach enough about money and investing. So the cycle continues.
I just looked at the income of these poverty counties. Well guess what i have a college education and been working for the past 24 year and have never made $40K a year. Yet i was able to raise my son without child support or any kind of assistance. Buy a house when my son was 6 (he is now 24). Own my cars. I paid my own way in life and i am just tired of hearing how poor everyone is. You are only poor if you want to be. There is a difference between needs and wants. I worked hard, bought the worst house on the block, now it is one of the best and most beautiful house in the neighborhood inside and out. It is all about how hard you want to work. There is work out there, you just have to look and be willing to work. When my roof leaked for 3 years i did not cry that i needed a new roof. I saved my money bought what i needed and after work I shingled my roof, never leaked again. 24 years ago everyone told me that a child of a single mom with amount to nothing. Well my son is very successfull, makes a 6 digit income and works hard for what he wants and needed, and his wife also makes 6 digit income and they work hard together. He has always told me that, watching me work hard to get what i needed is what has made him work so hard. We may have not had money but we were not poor.
" Whip dee doo you are going to go to back to school. Is the school going to provide a job for you when you get out? Just like a great deal of other college graduates once you get out the only thing you will achieve is a student loan debt."
How about going to College for a useful skill or degree? If I waste 4 years going to get an Art Degree or some other meaningless Degree is it really Society or the Republican's fault I cant find a Job? Use your head. Do a little research and find a job field that is hiring or doing well or in demand. Then when you are financially stable go back and get your degree in whatever your little heart desires.
How does that saying go "Poor planning on your part doesn't constitute an emergency on mine"
Native Americans don't receive checks for being a Native American from the government, that seems to be a common misconception. Most tribes who receive some sort of stipend is due to the sale of the tribe's natural resources, which belongs to the whole tribe. Now we do receive medical help, but that is because the government pushed us off our traditional lands and now the rest of America resides on those lands.
And before you complain about me post, I have an engineering degree and a veteran who is proud to be an American. I have seen other countries and how they live, and we are privileged to live here in America. We live in a capitalist society and there will be those who are lest fortunate, but we should be helping all those who need help. Instead it's easier for people blame others for their circumstances.
This article just blows me away.......Here we are, nearily 16 TRILLION in debt...still giving BILLIONS away to countries like Iraq, Afghanistan & Russia.....That's right RUSSIA, nearily 1/2 a BILLION in MILITARY aid....go figure.
And we won't help these poor counties. We won't even give a poor single white or black lady living in the ghetto a toaster. The democrats keep saying...we here for you...we're for the little man...Bulls_hit.
And we walk around the world like we're somebody....No wonder we're the laughing stock of that world.
My husband was born and raised in McDowell County WV. As a general rule, they may be poor but they are rich in kindness. As long as they have enough to eat or a roof over their heads they are some of the happiest and most friendly people that I have ever met.
They would be the first to offer you something to eat or lend a hand if you needed it.
The mountains getting there are so beautiful.
The reason that they are the poorest county is because The coal mines that used to make it the richest county in the state have been depleted and there are few jobs left to be had. Maybe if we could use some of the aid sent to foreign countrys and develop some jobs there It would no longer be the poorest county in the country.
Bobbie Adams said it all. If you meet someone that was born in McDowell county but has had to leave to find work or for other reasons they are proud to tell you where they are from.
1) Many of America's so-called "poor" live better, eat better, and have more assets than some working class Europeans (I'm referring to big screen TVs and game consoles, cars, buying steak with food stamps, selling food stamps on the black market and buying booze and cigarettes, [even drugs] etc.). But nobody ever wants to investigate the MASSIVE fraud involved with America's food stamp/EBT/whatever PC phrase they call that government handout today.
2) We've now had nearly 50 years of LBJ's "Great Society" which began the so-called War On Poverty, which was, and still is, an income redistribution program. Now nearly a half century later, our poverty rate is largely UNCHANGED. Like the pseudo War On Drugs to nowhere, we've spent billions and billions on a dependent, entitlement-based society that just threw money at a problem and expected it to magically go away with no goals, no root cause analysis, and no direction. But what the hell else do you expect when government gets its greedy hands on taxpayer dollars? Just wait until it takes over your health care.
I can give you the "CURE" for 90% of poverty.
1. Take advantage of free education available to every child in the U.S. STAY IN SCHOOL AND
2. Don't have babies until you are married and become somewhat financially established.
3. Don't abuse drugs and alcohol.
4. Don't sneak into the U.S. illegally.
THERE! I JUST FIXED POVERTY! AND IT DIDN'T TAKE ANY TAX DOLLARS TO DO IT!
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