Posts tagged poverty

Posted 10 hours ago

anarcho-queer:

ibetyourphysiquehelps:

WHOA WHOA WHOA.
excuse me.
But the minimum wage is set for teenagers with first jobs/ college students TO GET EXPERIENCE. Because a higher paying job isn’t going to higher you unless ypu have experience. AND YOU GET THAT EXPERIENCE BY WORKING AT MINIMUM PAYING JOBS. and the higher paying jobs are harder jobs which is why they get more money.
If you raise the minimum wage, then companies wont have the money to pay more employees so they look for the people with the most experience…
So if companies can only higher people with experience and you dont have any because companies DONT HAVE THE MONEY TO PAY YOU??
well then you are never going to get a job.
And when the minimum wage goes up, the price of everything goes up.
And then we have the minimum wage earners complaining again.
So stop saying that the minimum wage needs to be raised because it doesnt.
What needs to happen is we need a better economy and thanks to obama, thats not going to happen for a while because obama doesn’t know what hes doing.
So if you want to make more money, get experience and a better paying job.

You’re a shitty economist buddy.

Less than 15% of minimum wage worker’s are teenagers (age 14-19), the rest are adults aged 20 and over (85.7%). So lets stop pretending that these jobs are meant for students. The economy is shit and unfortunately, people have to settle for low wages because the alternative often is unemployment.

Higher paying jobs doesn’t equate to ‘harder jobs’. Often, the higher a position is, the less labor you are required to do.

"And when the minimum wage goes up, the price of everything goes up."

Inflation doesn’t necessarily work that way. Obviously, you’re just regurgitating the bullshit theories conservatives spew out while disregarding the statistics and history that proves otherwise. But since you’re using that argument, why not raise the minimum wage with the rise of inflation? Or productivity even?

If we had raised the minimum wage with the rise of productivity since 1968, it would currently be $21.72. In other words, we are creating far more and producing more profit for corporations, while being paid for a third of what we use to.

What do you have to say about that?

And raising the minimum wage to $10.10 will raise 1.7 million families out of poverty and reduce the need for them to use public assistance, saving the federal government $7.6 billion per year. Would you say you’re you against that?

The current federal minimum wage is $7.25. In none of the 50 states is that enough money to pay the average rent for a 2-bedroom apartment.

The minimum wage used to be able to keep a family of 3 above the poverty line. Now, the minimum wage can’t even keep a single parent working 40 hours a week, for an entire year without a single day off, above the poverty line.

When you raise the minimum wage, you’re putting more money into the pockets of the lower/working class. Their money is directly put back into the economy when the buy food, pay bills and generally spend their money. As oppose to higher paid people who have the luxury of saving their earnings. That means that businesses will generally make more money because the working class has more money to spend.

That’s my argument for raising the minimum wage, I would love to see your attempt to counter it.

Posted 1 week ago

humansofnewyork:

"If they raise the subway fare one more time, I’m going to explode. I’m making nine dollars an hour. I walk home three hours from work every day to save that $2.50, because that’s a half gallon of milk for me and my daughter. And every time they raise the fare, they have a ‘hearing.’ But they aren’t hearing anything. It’s a fucking joke. If you go to one of those ‘hearings,’ every single person stands up and says: ‘Don’t raise the fare.’ Then they raise it anyway. Oh man, it burns me up. ‘We need the money,’ they say, ‘America is hurting.’ That’s bullshit! If I see one more TV program bragging about multimillion dollar homes I’m gonna scream. How about a fucking TV program that shows me if there is anywhere in this city that I can fucking afford to live anymore. I’m sorry, but it’s burning me up."

Posted 2 weeks ago

lakotapeopleslawproject:

Former United States Senator from Georgia, Nancy Schaefer, released a report in 2007 entitled “The Corrupt Business of Child Protective Services.” This report highlights the downfall of Child Protective services nationwide and calls for immediate change. Five years later, these atrocities are still being committed. For the full report, please go to: http://www.parentalrights.org/index.asp?SEC=%7B5433EE7C-6775-4D17-A2A1-CE4686AE1697%7D

To help put a stop to this abuse of power in South Dakota, specifically for the Lakota children, please become a member at: http://lakotalaw.org/donate-new

Posted 2 weeks ago

biodiverseed:

cracked:

We sat down with Norma Flores, who sweated and toiled in the fields while her peers spent their time doing homework and having childhoods. Here’s what she told us about the shockingly modern face of backbreaking child labor…

5 Awful Things I Learned as a Child Laborer (in the USA)

#5. Your Food is Harvested by Children (and It’s Perfectly Legal)

"I started working full time when I was 12, but I’d been working in fields since third grade. There’s no daycare out [there], so parents bring their kids … [The kids] start by bringing buckets, water, picking up apples that had fallen off the tree. Casual, light stuff. And they gradually do more and more. It’s not uncommon to meet kids who have been working since they were able to walk."

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#food politics

Posted 2 months ago
If I see someone on food stamps with a fucking iPhone one more time I’m breaking it.
Junior Art Major
Posted 3 months ago
Poverty too, like feminism, is often framed as an identity problem. As though the poor had not been created by injustice but are a lost tribe who just happen to exist, and can be rescued in the short term by a system of grievance redressal (administered by NGOs on an individual, person-to-person basis), and whose long-term resurrection will come from Good Governance — under the regime of Global Corporate Capitalism, it goes without saying.
Arundhati Roy, Capitalism: A Ghost Story (via sociolab)

(Source: locusimperium)

Posted 3 months ago

officialjeffgoldblum:

sgt-skippy:

officialjeffgoldblum:

I still laugh about the amount of people this post has angered

So you hate America?

oh honey

Posted 3 months ago

How to be a proper poor person worthy of less contempt:

youneedacat:

darkgob:

lichgem:

-No phone, no internet, no TV. Go completely off the map. Your only connection to the outside world should be people you can walk or drive to. You must only read newspapers, because radios and TVs are luxury items now.  If you want to hear back about a job you applied for you will just have to visit in person. Family and friends who live out of state? You’ll just have to wait until they visit to hear their voices.

-Never eat red meat. That’s for rich people only. 

-Anemia, scurvy, and malnutrition are very noble.

-Never buy ice cream. Joy is for rich people. You are condemned to an existence devoid of pleasure until you die or become not-poor.

-Never have nice clothes, but also if you show up looking as poor as you are, how dare you?

-Never accept gifts in the form of nice material possessions, or this will be held as proof that you’re secretly a drug dealing crime lord faking poorness to get pity money. Therefore, ask your relatives only for cans of beans and wood for the campfire on which to cook them. (Stoves and fridges are luxuries, after all. You will be doing lots of campfire cooking and only eating nonperishable food.)

-Never talk about being poor, that is incredibly rude and people will think you’re trying to manipulate them, even if you’re speaking in a matter-of-fact way about your life to your friends and non-poor people passing through happened to overhear you. Clearly you are being poor AT them, and that’s unforgivable.

-Suffer in silence. Never cry, except but a single crystalline tear on your cheek as you die. You might have asked for help, but that is not the AMERICAN way, damn it. Better to die in a quiet, dark place with your lone tear for company, than ask for help.

-Just stop being poor. Have you thought of that? 

-Never be poor to begin with, better yet. Just track down the Wishmaster and wish to have never been born.

-You’ve got all these bootstraps lying around, you can just pull yourself up by them and everything will magically be okay

- Be careful what shows in your YouTube videos.  If anyone staring into the background sees anything they deem as expensive (whether it is or not, and regardless of how you got it or even whether you own it) they will accuse you of welfare fraud.  (This actually happened to me.  At one point I had people gleefully going through all of my videos frame by frame looking for shit like that.)

- If you were ever anything other than poor, you’re not poor now and will never be poor, no matter how poor you get.

- If you grew up anything other than poor, then surely your parents must have money now, even if they’re actually poorer than you are.  If you say otherwise, you’re lying and pretending to be poor.

- You could actually afford to eat well, if you stopped paying the $20-$30 a month it takes to get Internet.  Because everyone knows how much food you can get for $20-$30 a month, especially if cooking is hard or impossible.  Moreover, that little tiny bit of food would be totally worth the loss of everything (including money, jobs, social life, safety) that comes with having Internet.

- Starvation doesn’t actually cause problems with cognition or physical functioning.  So it’s not like it actually gets harder to procure and make and eat food (or function in any other way), the more starving you are.  And it’s not like this combines with pre-existing disabilities in nasty ways to make everyday functioning damn near impossible.  So quit complaining, you don’t need food, or don’t need that much, anyway.

- If you’re fat, you can’t possibly be starving.  Wait until you’ve dropped 70-200 pounds before you ask for help getting food.  Oh wait, you could be dead by then.  And oh wait, starvation makes you gain weight when you do eat because you’re holding onto calories more.  Never mind facts like those.  Fat people are evil.  Evil I tell you.  And if you are fat and say you’re starving, it’s just gluttony talking.

- Accept all help.  Even if the help actually leaves you worse off than when you started.  If you don’t accept every offer of help, no matter how ludicrous, degrading, or unhelpful, then you’re not trying and should be ignored as the useless ingrate you are.

- Don’t show weakness.  Don’t talk about how much you cried because you haven’t eaten a square meal in a week and your refrigerator is completely bare.  Nobody wants to hear that stuff, and you’re probably lying to get sympathy.  Nobody who has Internet could be starving, after all.

- There’s no such thing as a disability that prevents you from eating even when there’s food close at hand.  If you don’t eat when there’s food around, you must have an unconscious death wish.  Or you’re wallowing in self-pity and can’t be bothered to get up and eat.  It can’t possibly be, you know, autistic inertia or sensory processing problems, or avolition, or any other known symptoms of neurological conditions.

(Source: fullyarticulatedgoldskeleton)

Posted 5 months ago
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Posted 7 months ago

“Hi, I’m right here”: An open letter to Paul Ryan about poverty and empathy

In the years I spent working with low-wage families, I realized that they were not struggling because they ate at McDonald’s or had cable … but sometimes they ate at McDonald’s or had cable because they were struggling. This is an important distinction.

If you are a single parent working for low wages, you do not shop for fun. You do not go to the gym, go to the movies, remodel the kitchen, take a road trip, visit amusement parks, build a deck, go skiing, join a swim club, or sign the kids up for dance class.

Why? Because all of those things cost money, require items that cost money, or require a car reliable enough to go long distances. Your fun is limited to things that are nearby, cheap or free, that you can do after work when it’s dark and you’re exhausted, while supervising your kids at the same time. Other than reading, that sounds a lot like TV.

And while of course it’s cheaper and healthier to eat every meal at home, what if you’ve just worked 12 hours scrubbing hotel bathrooms, and the nearest grocery store is a bus ride away? Or what if it’s little Bobby’s birthday, and a Happy Meal is the only treat you can afford?

“What I had not understood until I found myself in true poverty is that it means living in a world of ‘no,’” writes Alex Andreou in the Guardian. “Ninety-percent of what you need is answered no. Ninety-nine percent of what your kids ask for is answered no. Cinema? No. Night out? No. New shoes? No. Birthday? No.

“So if the only indulgence that is viable, that is within reach, that will not mean you have to walk to work, is a styrofoam container of cheesy chips, the answer is a thunderous ‘YES.’”

Obviously none of this is cause to eat fast food every night or buy the fanciest cable package on the market — and conversations about these expenses are worth having, respectfully, with struggling families. But sometimes choices that seem foolish from the outside make a lot more sense from within.

(Source: azspot)

Posted 7 months ago

goldenheartedrose:

mresundance:

sourcedumal:

hobbitdragon:

crotchetybushtit:

usually unpopular opinion puffin pisses me off but this is so important

yes this

ALL OF THIS

Human decency is the ability to see others as, well, human. I don’t give a shit why or how people are on wellfare. I don’t give a shit if they are grifters (statistically they are not). I don’t give a shit if they are addicts or recovering addicts, if they are poor and working 3 jobs or poor and working no jobs, if they are disabled in some capacity, I just don’t give a flying fuck. I give a flying fuck if that person is cold, or hungry, though, because that person is still a fucking person, regardless of all circumstances. And I have this weird idea that people deserve dignity and respect and I dunno, being seen and treated as human beings. 

Empathy and compassion. Social conservatives should try it sometime. 

I love you.

Seriously, got a little teary eyed reading that because yes, more people need to think like this.

(Source: wildreservations)

Posted 9 months ago
Posted 10 months ago
I met a wheat farmer not long ago in Montana whose family operation was getting nearly $300,000 a year in federal subsidies. With his crop in, this wealthy farmer was looking forward to spending a month in Hawaii. No one suggested that he pass a drug test to continue receiving his sizable handout, or that he be cut off cold, and encouraged to grow something that taxpayers wouldn’t have to subsidize.
Posted 10 months ago