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How do you define poverty?

Posted by: DonS ( USA ) on August 19, 1999 at 17:10:41:

In Reply to: Explain me sumpin' posted by pi on August 17, 1999 at 11:57:33:

: Folks keep on tellin' me that this whole neoliberalism thingy is the bestest. Now, maybe I'm just a lil slow, but I don't gat it. See, it's like this. Since Washington's been talking about, and DC's media lapdogs faithful echoing, this "great" economy the US has, it seems that there are actually more children in poverty than in 1990! Strange but true.

Don: How do you define poverty? Only one car and a one bathroom appartment?

: Now, here's the part I don't get. If the "economy" is doin' so good, than why aren't more people doin' good? Seems like common enough sense to me. The rich are doin' great, from what I read in the corporate media, and they're trying to get a nice tax scheme passed so they can do even better. Surprising, isn't it?

Don: Hmm. Two years ago I was probably below the poverty line, now I'm doing quite well. I don't know anyone who is doing worse than they were in 1990.

: I guess what I'm a-talkin' 'bout is social policy. The US is a rich country, and there's not really any need for children to go hungry. But, as a nation (ahem,) we've decided that starvin' kids ain't so bad, really, as long as the rich get richer and grab more control of the media and the gov't. Yep, what's a few sick kids, really, in the great scheme of the money things.

Don: How many kids starved in the US last year?

: To the poor I say: Hungry? Eat the rich.

: 3.141589

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