What it’s like to be poor and make terrible decisions, Poverty thoughts, Obama economy, Smoking a stimulant for exhausted, Lot of poor financial decisions, Poor exploited units of human capital

What it’s like to be poor and make terrible decisions, Poverty thoughts, Obama economy, Smoking a stimulant for exhausted, Lot of poor financial decisions, Poor exploited units of human capital

“In the Triad, a number of studies have ranked the area among the nation’s worst in terms of poverty and food hardship.”

““You have the people that were barely making it with 40 hours. Now, they’re below 30 hours and have the same household bills,” Sturdivant said. “And at the end of the day, if they go out and get another part-time job, they still won’t have insurance.””...Greensboro News Record September 2, 2013

“This commentary does not oppose CHD funding of genuine, grassroots community organizations, run and supported by individual members of a parish or diocese. There is potential value and virtue in the collective voice. However, when the CHD funds Alinsky-style, church-based community organizations as in the best interest of the poor and supports organizations which advance other agendas, it divests the poor of their right to an authentic voice. This process tends to treat the poor as exploited units of human capital, rather than as human beings created in the dignity of God’s image.”…report to the Catholic Bishops 1997

“And the Records Department, after all, was itself only a single branch of the Ministry of Truth, whose primary job was not to reconstruct the past but to supply the citizens of Oceania with newspapers, films, textbooks, telescreen programmes”

“Winston sprang to attention in front of the telescreen, upon which the image of a youngish woman, scrawny but muscular, dressed in tunic and gym-shoes, had already appeared.

‘Arms bending and stretching!’ she rapped out. ‘Take your time by me. One, two, three, four! One, two, three, four! Come on, comrades, put a bit of life into it! One, two, three, four! One, two, three, four! …'”…George Orwell, “1984”



I have much empathy for the poor and those struggling in this country. Especially in the Obama economy.

I was recently reminded of the drop in savings in this country over decades. We are programmed to spend.

The TV screen of “1984” is a reality. We are taught how to think, what to do and what to spend our money on.

We leave our schools ill prepared for survival in any economy.

Many of the poor are so because of bad choices. We all make them. And yet immigrants have come to this country for hundreds of years and fared well.

Despite the facts, it can happen to any of us. The Great Depression humbled many.

At the end of the day, I still believe we should help those in need. A real safety net, not way of life. Teach how to fish and sometimes provide a fish.

From Zero Hedge November 23, 2013.
“What It’s Like To Be Poor – And Make Terrible Decisions”


“What It’s Like To Be Poor – And Make Terrible Decisions”
“There are many reasons why the poor are ‘poor’ or why the middle-class is deteriorating into a state of being ‘poor’ but as this first-person account of the self-defeating feedback loops of poverty’s trap harrowingly suggests, escaping that social strata (as we noted previously) is becoming ever more difficult. Of course, a George Carlin noted previously, “the only true American value is… buying things,” which leaves the ‘poor’ increasingly losing hope. “Rest is a luxury for the rich,” the author notes, “planning is not in the mix,” as she explains why poverty has forced her to “make terrible decisions.”

Authored by @KillerMartinis (Killer Martinis blog) via The Burning Platform blog,

Why I Make Terrible Decisions, or, poverty thoughts

There’s no way to structure this coherently. They are random observations that might help explain the mental processes. But often, I think that we look at the academic problems of poverty and have no idea of the why. We know the what and the how, and we can see systemic problems, but it’s rare to have a poor person actually explain it on their own behalf. So this is me doing that, sort of.

Rest is a luxury for the rich. I get up at 6AM, go to school (I have a full courseload, but I only have to go to two in-person classes) then work, then I get the kids, then I pick up my husband, then I have half an hour to change and go to Job 2. I get home from that at around 1230AM, then I have the rest of my classes and work to tend to. I’m in bed by 3. This isn’t every day, I have two days off a week from each of my obligations. I use that time to clean the house and soothe Mr. Martini and see the kids for longer than an hour and catch up on schoolwork. Those nights I’m in bed by midnight, but if I go to bed too early I won’t be able to stay up the other nights because I’ll fuck my pattern up, and I drive an hour home from Job 2 so I can’t afford to be sleepy. I never get a day off from work unless I am fairly sick. It doesn’t leave you much room to think about what you are doing, only to attend to the next thing and the next. Planning isn’t in the mix.

When I was pregnant the first time, I was living in a weekly motel for some time. I had a minifridge with no freezer and a microwave. I was on WIC. I ate peanut butter from the jar and frozen burritos because they were 12/$2. Had I had a stove, I couldn’t have made beef burritos that cheaply. And I needed the meat, I was pregnant. I might not have had any prenatal care, but I am intelligent enough to eat protein and iron whilst knocked up.

I know how to cook. I had to take Home Ec to graduate high school. Most people on my level didn’t. Broccoli is intimidating. You have to have a working stove, and pots, and spices, and you’ll have to do the dishes no matter how tired you are or they’ll attract bugs. It is a huge new skill for a lot of people. That’s not great, but it’s true. And if you fuck it up, you could make your family sick. We have learned not to try too hard to be middle-class. It never works out well and always makes you feel worse for having tried and failed yet again. Better not to try. It makes more sense to get food that you know will be palatable and cheap and that keeps well. Junk food is a pleasure that we are allowed to have; why would we give that up? We have very few of them.”
“Nobody gives enough thought to depression. You have to understand that we know that we will never not feel tired. We will never feel hopeful. We will never get a vacation. Ever. We know that the very act of being poor guarantees that we will never not be poor. It doesn’t give us much reason to improve ourselves. We don’t apply for jobs because we know we can’t afford to look nice enough to hold them. I would make a super legal secretary, but I’ve been turned down more than once because I “don’t fit the image of the firm,” which is a nice way of saying “gtfo, pov.” I am good enough to cook the food, hidden away in the kitchen, but my boss won’t make me a server because I don’t “fit the corporate image.” I am not beautiful. I have missing teeth and skin that looks like it will when you live on b12 and coffee and nicotine and no sleep. Beauty is a thing you get when you can afford it, and that’s how you get the job that you need in order to be beautiful. There isn’t much point trying.”
“I smoke. It’s expensive. It’s also the best option. You see, I am always, always exhausted. It’s a stimulant. When I am too tired to walk one more step, I can smoke and go for another hour. When I am enraged and beaten down and incapable of accomplishing one more thing, I can smoke and I feel a little better, just for a minute. It is the only relaxation I am allowed. It is not a good decision, but it is the only one that I have access to. It is the only thing I have found that keeps me from collapsing or exploding.

I make a lot of poor financial decisions. None of them matter, in the long term. I will never not be poor, so what does it matter if I don’t pay a thing and a half this week instead of just one thing? It’s not like the sacrifice will result in improved circumstances; the thing holding me back isn’t that I blow five bucks at Wendy’s. It’s that now that I have proven that I am a Poor Person that is all that I am or ever will be. It is not worth it to me to live a bleak life devoid of small pleasures so that one day I can make a single large purchase. I will never have large pleasures to hold on to. There’s a certain pull to live what bits of life you can while there’s money in your pocket, because no matter how responsible you are you will be broke in three days anyway. When you never have enough money it ceases to have meaning. I imagine having a lot of it is the same thing.”

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17 responses to “What it’s like to be poor and make terrible decisions, Poverty thoughts, Obama economy, Smoking a stimulant for exhausted, Lot of poor financial decisions, Poor exploited units of human capital

  1. Good morning all.

  2. “Congressman Richardson Preyer Interviewed Castro, Oswald’s Wife”

    “A Greensboro native led the United States House committee investigating the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

    “100 years from now people will still be talking about it – was there a conspiracy? Was Oswald the loner?” said Britt Preyer.

    Britt’s father, Congressman Richardson Preyer, was the chairman of the committee that spent two years investigating JFK’s death.

    Their purpose was to “re-look at all the evidence and determine whether it was a conspiracy to kill the president,” explained Doug Copeland, Preyer’s Chief of Staff.

    “He felt very clearly there was a conspiracy,” explained Britt Preyer.”


  3. Mr Preyer……
    Of course there was a CONSPIRACY to kill Kennedy,otherwise he wouold still be alive. Oswald was allegedly the perpetrator as determined by the Warren Commission. Whether there was multiple gunmen,or just one he is JUST AS DEAD,and no power on earth can change that fact. To constantly stir up the past with at best speculative notions doess nothing but WASTE TIME AND RESOURCES. If you wish to continue your crusade go to it. You are entitled to think as you wish, but please do not keep trying to make others believe your UNPROVEN DOCTRINE.

  4. Hillary was absolutely right,and quite accurate when in a moment of candor she angrily utterred the words…. “What difference does it make”. She was completely wrong with respect to the deaths at Benghazi, but with respect to Kennedy she is right on the money. Much like the Titanic, there are people on earth who can’t sem to get it through their brain that Kennedy is DEAD. DEAD is gone,and SUNKEN is GONE,so why the hell keep trying to change it all?

  5. History is what it is,yet about every year along comes a “DO GOODER” who can’t seem to accept fact. People who can’t leave history as it is are probably the SAME PEOPLE whose behavior is now RUINING our country. With these people it is obvious that they believe UP is DOWN,and they seem to take special delight in trying to make everybody else believe their notions. In all probability people who do not care,or cannot reason ,or even use simple logic will believe the heretofore unproven load of manuer Suit yourselves!

  6. bye bye Have a great day Godbless!

  7. CW….. Off topic but important!
    With regard to the labor force do you know approximately how many of the people who are no longer in the NC labor force have left the state to find employment elsewhere?

    BYE BYE again

  8. November 22, 2013

    Colin Flaherty:

    “5 ‘Knockouts’ reported in Philadelphia”

    “Philadelphia reporters just can’t say it: The City of Brotherly Love is the site of frequent and intense black mob violence and black-on-white crime – including at least five recent examples of the Knockout Game.

    From the suburbs to the subways, they play the game in Philly the way they do in Chicago, New York, Baltimore, Springfield, Missouri, Champaign, Ill., and dozens of other cities and college campuses around the country: Find a white person. An Asian will do. Punch him (or her) in the face as hard as you can until your arms get tired or the victim gets knocked out. Or dies.

    “The media will not say what many people in Philadelphia know: These attacks are examples of black mob violence and black-on-white crime that are now accepted as a normal part of life in Philly,” said Taleeb Starkes, a Philadelphia native and author of the Uncivil War: Confronting the Subculture Within The African American Community. “Black leaders are now past denying it, and well into defending it. But always trying to shut down conversation about it.””


  9. Obama is so desperate to get the subject off Obamcare he is willing to appease our enemies. Iran is spreading terror more than any other nation. Iran helped to kill our troops in Iraq, but Obama is best buddies with them.

  10. November 23, 2013

    Thomas Lifson:

    “The Obamacare Scheme”

    “Former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy has done the nation a service by laying out the grand design underlying the secret plan to force the United States into a single payer system, with the government deciding who gets care and who is left to languish untreated and eventually die. It is the modern statist’s dream, whereby the state becomes almighty, holding in its grasp the health of all its subjects (the term “citizens” becomes archaic at this point).

    McCarthy lays out the grand strategic design, the scheme as prosecutors refer to it, by which step-by-step over a period of years, the nation will be left with no other alternative than to turn over complete control of health care to the federal government agencies already established by the scheme.”


  11. November 23, 2013

    Jim Hoft:

    “NY Assemblyman Targets ‘Knockout Game’ With 25 Year Penalty”

    “New York Assemblyman James Tedisco proposed legislation this week that would stiffen penalties for “knockout” attacks by “punks.” Tedisco’s bill would make the violent game a gang assault with a sentence of up to 25 years.”

    November 24, 2013

    “Pigs Are Flying! Sharpton Condemns “Knockout” Attacks”

    Via NY Post:

    “Rev. Al Sharpton condemned “knockout” attacks Saturday but stopped short of calling for marches against the brutal hate crimes.

    “This kind of behavior is deplorable and must be condemned by all us,” he said at his weekly National Action Network meeting in Harlem. “We would not be silent if it was the other way around. We cannot be silent or in any way reluctant to confront it when it is coming from our own community.”

    On Monday, Sharpton and other leaders plan to discuss a “next move.”

    “Kids are randomly knocking out people [from] another race — some specifically going at Jewish people,” he said. “This kind of insane thuggery — there is nothing cute about that. There is no game play about knocking somebody out, and it is not a game. It is an assault and is bias, and it is wrong.””


  12. ‘Prince Alwaleed bin Talal (Saudi Arabia) told reporters earlier in the week, “There’s no confidence in the Obama administration doing the right thing with Iran.”’

    It would be logical to think that with all of the help given by the Saudis to establish Obama in power and to then expect him to favor their goals, that if anything of “ill will” happens to Zero there just could be a Sunni connection! I doubt if Obama’s deep bow will be considered all that the Saudis (Sunnis) expected from him. Instead, this new appeasing agreement with Iran has the Saudis so scared that they are allegedly working with Israel re: any possible first attack necessary.

  13. oldsailor.
    I have not seen that #.
    The last I heard more people are moving here.

  14. Obama never does anything to save Americans – on the battlefield or elsewhere. His loyalties are with non-Americans and politically and/or ideologically driven. This is an unbelievable travesty.

    Obama Abandons Imprisoned American Pastor Saeed Abedini in Iran for Nuke Deal
    Last night, the Obama Administration proclaimed that a historic “deal” was reached with the mad mullahs of Tehran. A breakthrough in their nuclear program, one that would ease sanctions and restrictions, while keeping them “away” from nuclear weapons.

    The joke is on us because nothing changes. In the meantime, Obama could have secured the release of American Pastor Saeed Abedini, and possibly others, imprisoned in Iran for his Christian faith. If he cared, he could have made the release of Abedini a part of the terms for the “nuclear agreement” with Iran. However, Obama abandons Americans at every turn. If Abedini had been an American Muslim imprisoned in Iran, he would be a free man right now.

    Read more: http://freedomoutpost.com/2013/11/obama-abandons-imprisoned-pastor-saeed-abedini-iran/#ixzz2lc5uiNli

  15. I can’t help it but wonder what considerations would have been offerred if Abedini was an Islamic jihadist. My guess is his name would have been the very first word out of Kerry’s mouth.

  16. …..nor must you be an American citizen to to sign up for Soetoro Care.and he doesn’t even CARE!


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