Punchinello’s Chronicles

September 8, 2008

The Poverty Life

Everywhere you look, you run into learned articles about how people live when they’re poor. Actually, nobody likes to talk about poor people, so they discuss the life of poverty and an impoverished population. We have politically correct terms like “low income,” “economically challenged,” “low wage-earners,” and other such goofiness, but it comes down to poor people.

Did you know that a normal person or family earns around $40,000 a year these days? I sure didn’t! I’d been wandering along thinking that around $25,000 a year was a reasonable income. Little did I know that such an income would qualify as low income. $14,000 a year, circa 2008, is the poverty level, and constitutes being in pretty difficult straits. For anyone below that, they may as well hang it up — they’re broke!

But what about reports of life at the bottom? Who gives us the daily news with a view from the bottom? Fear not, I will attempt to fulfill that need. All I have to do is look around, here in the ghetto, and see why government programs barely function. They’re so overloaded and utterly mismanaged that someone ought to at least get the word out.

Do you believe that electing Barack Obama will fix all this? Can universal government care and compassion create a utopia? If the government manages low-income programs like section-8 housing, HUD, food stamps, family services, and senior assistance, will that make the world a better place?

Boy, are YOU living in a delusion!



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  2. I’ve been looking all night for for a blog that said what I feel and live and you’ve hit it on the head. I am one of those people living in the bottom and trying to raise two children. I feel like I’ve been forgotten. We people at the bottom are good people. I think that people associate poor people with crime, but thats not always the case. I’m not a criminal, don’t drink or do drugs. My oldest daughter will soon be attending a community college to become a nurse. We have morals and standards, but I am angry. I am on disability and my goverment thinks that I can raise two children on less than 700.00 a month. I’ve tried and theres no way to live a good life like this. I don’t feel that its others place to do things for me. Like hands out or things for free. But when a person is unable to work why isn’t there more that can be done for the children in these situations. I receive 6.00 a month for each child. And the DSS has told me I make too much money! The reality of this world is that the goverment could care less for the poor people of america. And it hurts me to say this but me children do without and that includes food. We scrap by every month. I can’t balance a check book with nothing in it.

    Comment by asheborolady1967 — September 9, 2008 @ 11:48 am | Reply

  3. At your service, ma’am. 🙂 I’ve decided we need solid reporting from the bottom of the heap, not all this intellectualized theory being blown around by people making $100,000 a year. What about the real world; that’s my thinking. Stay tuned, more to come on the world of broke-ness.

    Comment by Punchinello — September 9, 2008 @ 1:55 pm | Reply

  4. Democratic socialism is the answer! How’s that for inflammatory?

    By the way, I think $100,000 a year is the OLD wealthy. The new wealthy is much closer to twice that. Inflammatory, again?

    Comment by rationalpsychic — March 11, 2009 @ 9:19 pm | Reply

  5. There’s no such thing as democratic socialism, with a small “d.” If you want to say that the Democratic political party would like to install socialism and manage the results, that’s a valid way to make an argument. But anyone who believes that socialism will wipe out poverty is misguided at the very least.

    Comment by Punchinello — March 12, 2009 @ 12:10 am | Reply

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