Wertfrei Wednesday: Poor in America


The Poor in America are treated as if they’re hardened criminals by the sheer fact they are poor. Doors close, dirty looks are glared, good ole boys networks close ranks. The same story plays out in each and every American City. How do I know? Being poor my 45 years of life on Earth has earned me the rights to point this out. Throw in some serious health issues, disappearing jobs and gentrification and you have the perfect recipe for discrimination.

There is the favorite old saying by the upper classes and rich, that ‘if the poor would just work harder, they’d make something of themselves’. If that were true, then there wouldn’t be poverty in America. The poor are the hardest working stiffs I have ever seen. The rich have that good ole boys network going for them-doors magically open, sales slip and slide their way with nary a sweat broken. How do I know? Just open your eyes. Government no-bid contracts going to the same companies, stocks and bonds of the rich skyrocket while others are trying to find sales on chicken stock.

If a couple rich guys want to develop an area, money changes hands and voila: imminent domain. Some company wants to develop a mall or private land development: voila, land is transferred or sold privately, planning and zoning laws are changed to the whim of the developer.  We’ve all seen this happen in small cities and towns to metropolises. Poor people have multi-story and block  condominiums, mixed-use buildings that the rent will be so exorbitant, that they will have no place to lay their heads.

And nobody in any position to change, cares. This isn’t even counting the politics involved.

Welcome to America.

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