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disaboo, podunk, US - wrote on 12/9/2010 8:01:00 PM
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Comment:I agree with the lady from Mexico, all we do is talk - not do. I've been without money before, and as far as I can tell the US gobbermint doesn't help a bit if that is the problem. For me it wasn't all that bad - you just look for more work and I've done that for almost four decades. Now, I've been fired and forced by my employer to be "disabled" - although I was doing a great job. This is poor - no money, no way to get money, no job, no prospects for a job, hungry and cold, hate from society at large politicians and the media. The biggest need that we just don't think about is legal representation - it doesn't exist. What all of the "poor" articles have in common is the diffusion of responsibility. And my God, if you should have a home or a car - the hate flows like a torrent. We just don't care to think about the causes - if it isn't knocking at your door, it just doesn't exist for US citizens. My concern is not only for myself but also for our country. Can you see it yet, my comrades? Or does the flood of hate need to rise to your door?


ashlie, c'ville - wrote on 11/22/2010 5:11:13 PM
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Comment:Read the article "nickel and dimed" by Barbara Ehrenreich. If you can comprehend her article, you'll understand poverty is not just because of the poor choices in life you make. You can be born into it and it's hard to get out of it. Even with two jobs(she went undercover to do an experiment to live in poverty) she had to move from a rented small shack to a trailer because she had no money for gas. She had no emergency fund. She couldn't afford healthy foods, all she ate was like things out of a can or unhealthy burgers and stuff from the restaurant she worked at. No matter how much she worked there is a poverty cycle and there is essentially no mobility.


Alison, Cincinnati - wrote on 11/21/2010 4:42:50 PM
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Comment:There is no doubt that persistent poverty fosters a much different state of mind than those who have never experienced it. However, if you have never experienced poverty you have no idea exactly how EXPENSIVE it is to be poor. With the exception of a very few localities, fruits and vegetables are extremely expensive but pasta and potatoes can be purchased in large quantities for a small amount of cash. Because of the depressed neighborhoods poor people live in, a loaf of bread or a gallon of milk can cost two or three times as much as other areas. People who live in persistent poverty know no other way to live - poverty policy is a means of changing that way of thinking. Instead of blaming it on their "lifestyle" why not work to show them another way?


Alison, Cincinnati - wrote on 11/21/2010 4:42:11 PM
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Comment:There is no doubt that persistent poverty fosters a much different state of mind than those who have never experienced it. However, if you have never experienced poverty you have no idea exactly how EXPENSIVE it is to be poor. With the exception of a very few localities, fruits and vegetables are extremely expensive but pasta and potatoes can be purchased in large quantities for a small amount of cash. Because of the depressed neighborhoods poor people live in, a loaf of bread or a gallon of milk can cost two or three times as much as other areas. People who live in persistent poverty know no other way to live - poverty policy is a means of changing that way of thinking. Instead of blaming it on their "lifestyle" why not work to show them another way?


Doug, Laurinburg, NC - wrote on 11/21/2010 12:13:52 AM
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Comment:Poverty does exist, but the concept of poverty is high exagerated. Go to The Heritage Foundation for some eye-opening statistics about those classified in poverty in America. By the world's standards, most are middle or even upper class. Many of the "poor" in America prefer "things" over food in their budget.


Darrin, Homans - wrote on 11/17/2010 6:48:55 PM
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Comment:MY HOPE IS THAT WE STOP TAKING SO MUCH AND START GIVING BACK TO THOSE FRIENDS, NIEGHBORS THAT HAVE LOST SO MUCH.


Darrin, Homans - wrote on 11/17/2010 6:48:13 PM
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Comment:MY HOPE IS THAT WE STOP TAKING SO MUCH AND START GIVING BACK TO THOSE FRIENDS, NIEGHBORS THAT HAVE LOST SO MUCH.


Darrin, Homans - wrote on 11/17/2010 6:46:56 PM
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Comment:MY HOPE IS THAT WE STOP TAKING SO MUCH AND START GIVING BACK TO THOSE FRIENDS, NIEGHBORS THAT HAVE LOST SO MUCH.


gilian , iowa - wrote on 10/11/2010 12:08:21 PM
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Comment:Anne marie is stupid..... poverty can happen to any body... not just obese people or families with lots of kids. Maybe miss. naive should wake up and smell the coffee!


Sir William, Bluffton, IN - wrote on 10/6/2010 4:47:30 PM
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Comment:Actually AnneMarie is right. Like it or not. I have been in the people business for thirteen years and currently live in a town where a large percentage of families are below the poverty line. They happen to be the most obese and unhealthy people around, which by the way does cost more money as they see doctors to treat their ailments caused by living an unhealthy lifestyle. It has nothing to do with healthy food costing more money. It has everything to do with people buying cheap crap food that makes them feel good and tastes great. It has much more to do with a worldview where the government pays for everything and "I get to sit around watching TV all day eating mac and cheese". Call it harsh or cruel or whatever - or go get in your car and visit your local trailer park. It takes years to educate and help bring people out of this mentality, it's not an overnight fix - and for Heaven's sake, it's not something we need to throw more money at.


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