Originally Posted by ut0pia
I think it's totally wrong to try to compare poor people in this country to people in school who don't study as this experiment has done. Poor people DO work hard- the truth is we are not all the same, some people have access to more resources and it's something that they are born with- that gives them advantages and can become rich more easily than others- such as culture and social capital. Poor people cannot get those because they were not born with them, this restricts their access to the same resources, because a lot of times it's about who you know and how well you fit in.
Excellent post. I both agree and disagree with you. As I stated in my other post (in the other thread), I grew up very poor. I worked hard, went to school, and am no longer poor. In fact, I managed both to buy a new car and donate over 10% of my income last year to various charities, causes, and individuals.
It's by the good graces of others that I had lovely Thanksgivings and Christmases as a child. While growing up, I never knew that I was poor. Those people who donated food and gifts to give me happy holiday memories did so from the kindness of their hearts... not out of a sense of obligation.
Conversely, my college education was funded primarily by grants and scholarships (though I did work to support myself, personally). Many of those grants were government-granted, both at the state and federal level.
I do understand and agree with what Cindy (ckblv) is saying regarding her own finances, and how she chooses to do good with them. If she has any money to spare, she doesn't want to government to tell her how she has to spend it, especially if she doesn't particularly support how the government aid will be distributed.
To some extent, those of us with more should give more. But I agree that the government should not dictate to us how much we must give, nor to whom.
Sometimes, it is the case that people work hard, are responsible, and life still hands them lemons. I think the vast majority of people, however, are able to help themselves. Many people complain that they're poor, but spend money on trendy phones, designer lattes, and new cars every 5 years. Often, those who consider themselves poor here have a higher quality of life than a great many people worldwide.
The story is just a story, take from it what you will.