This Neurotic Man is revolted by the politicians, bureaucrats, right-ringers, and the rich who think: A) This country is doing enough for the poor; B) This country is doing too much for the poor. Now I know this data goes back a decade and a lot has changed in that time. The Donald’s job for instance.
“A new poll shows that two-thirds of Americans believe their churches are doing enough to help the poor in their communities.
The survey of more than 2,800 adults comes at a time when the United States Census Bureau statistics shows consistent increases in the numbers of Americans living in poverty.
The national poverty level increased from 11.7 percent in 2001 to 13.3 percent in 2005. In addition, increased usage of food stamps indicates a rising level of poverty in the country.
“These results, when combined with current census and economic data, expose a discrepancy between Christians who believe they are doing enough and the reality that Christians are just scratching the surface in our communities,” said Steve Haas, vice president for church relations at World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization.” http://www.charismanews.com/us/37674-americans-say-churches-do-enough-for-poor
The thing is, most rich people got their money at birth, as if that showed some monumental achievement – hey, poor people get born, too. All this talk about poor people reminded me – I am poor too. We may all be Berliners but some of us have more ducats than the rest of us.
I found this other article when I was thinking about and writing about being poor:
The problem is that so many of those calling for cuts, or even necessary reforms, have been making the case with seemingly bad intentions. It is right to wonder why they demand drug tests and, in the case of the recent proposed GOP health care bill, work requirements for the poor who receive government help, but don’t demand the same for the wealthy and middle class: Americans who also receive government aid in the form of subsidized employer-sponsored health plans, mortgage deductions, a lower tax rate on capital gains and a Medicare program that provides triple the benefits than what the average recipient paid into the system.
There is no guarantee that banning soda from SNAP purchases will be more effective than trying to lower the cost of fresh fruits and vegetables and making them more widely available in the poorest communities. Maybe the most sensible approach is to do both.” http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/29/opinions/stop-shaming-poor-for-being-poor-bailey/index.html