Monday, December 10, 2012

NY Times columnist let's it slip: America's "poor" are actually quite rich

Air-conditioning, washing machines, microwave ovens all paid for by Uncle Sam; no incentive to actually work for a living

NY Times editorialist Nicholas Kristoff, "Profiting From a Child’s Illiteracy" Dec. 7:
THIS is what poverty sometimes looks like in America: parents here in Appalachian hill country pulling their children out of literacy classes. Moms and dads fear that if kids learn to read, they are less likely to qualify for a monthly check for having an intellectual disability.

This is painful for a liberal to admit, but conservatives have a point when they suggest that America’s safety net can sometimes entangle people in a soul-crushing dependency.

Some young people here don’t join the military (a traditional escape route for poor, rural Americans) because it’s easier to rely on food stamps and disability payments.
Continuing:
Nearly all homes here in the Appalachian hill country now have electricity and running water, and people aren’t starving.

Of American families living in poverty today, 8 out of 10 have air-conditioning, and a majority have a washing machine and dryer. Nearly all have microwave ovens.
Editor's comment - So why in the bloody hell do taxpayers have to continue dishing out dollars for welfare programs? So, these welfare rats can sit on their asses and watch silly-ass TV sitcoms, and reality shows all day long? (Photo credit - Hollywood Reporter)

1 comment:

Chuck said...

Appalachian hill country? That honey poo poo show is down by Macon. The only hills down there are landfills.