America's POOR 101
With one and a half million (1.5 million)
American children now homeless, reporter Hilary Andersson meets
the school pupils who go hungry in the richest country on Earth.
From those living in the storm drains under Las Vegas to the tent
cities now springing up around the United States, P a n o r a m a
finds out how the poor are surviving in America and asks whatever
happened to the supposed 'government' and the Real People in
charge - those who you 'don't see' pulling on the strings; and
their vision and welfare for the country.
Could this be a form of 'Social cleansing' without the need of war or disease inflicted by the orchestrators - simply a controlled bout of poverty? Or is this the forced education that only condition children to know only a certain amount of knowledge that can only ever see them progress in working environments such as confined offices within the 'Human Zoo' qualities within the desperately overcrowded cities.
Why are our children not educated properly - to be able to survive communally with real craft and building skills? Is the social mobility (as in other 'rich countries' such as the UK) only fairing the rich; the wealthy and the 'clever elite'; the white collar criminal, as per usual?
Broadcast Date: 13th February 2012
Isn't it strange that we need the BBC to tell us that America does not give a damn about the poor (mostly working poor) of our country (or the middle class for that matter), even though it is apparent and all around for us to watch how quickly our country is becoming a Plutocracy. The Republicans, who are blatantly leading the way, with a Mitt Romney, so out of touch with we-the-people, he remarks Hes not concerned about the very poor That says it all, of course they (GOP) are not concerned about the poor that is why they try to gut ANYTHING that tries to help the poor and lift them from their poverty shackles.
It does not make sense but I guess as a member of the 99%, spending most of my life physically working hard, trying to make an hourly wage in order to feed family, while fending off any fear that homelessness could possibly become a reality, I along with the other 99%, WOULD find it difficult to make sense of the Republicans' revulsion with poor people. I dont think the rich could ever lay claim to that affirmation. thinkingblue
PS: Here's a guy with a great idea: William Gay http://www.timesargus.com/article/20111214/OPINION02/712149958/0/NEWS01
Give the wealthy a dose of reality
It seems that the reality shows are all the rage. Dancing with the Stars and Survivor have captured the attention of an audience that only dreams of becoming more than what they are.
Given that, I have come up with another reality show that may not only serve those with a hunger for distraction but also those who see our social network and the politicians that effect it way out of touch with reality. I call it Poverty Survival for the Wealthy.
It would entail taking 10 of those of the 1 percent and putting them into an impoverished situation. It would also mean that their family would also be part of survival without means. Each of the contestants would be placed in poverty in either a rural or urban setting. They would have to survive facing government cuts to health care benefits, food stamps and assisted living. Their children would learn what it is to be in schools that are not about education but about survival. They would actually have to shop for groceries knowing that they are limited to only buying food that is not only inexpensive but relatively unhealthy. Also, they may have to face the fact that the clothes they wear make the Salvation Army the haberdashery of choice.
The only problem I have with this is how to decide the winner. I think that it would be the one who most strongly realizes that those of wealth need to understand that being poor is not a choice but a reflection of a system that only favors the wealthy, a system that is stacked against those who are poor and offers them no escape. I cant wait to see how the Donald survives.
Perhaps, this is a good time to revisit Jon Stewart's, GOP take on poverty and THE POORS. Wit and Sarcasm beats out Ignorance and Hate.
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the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as
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- John Steinbeck