ps...I love Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and the lead female in the movie was Milly~played by Jane Powell!
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Note the gas stove,the microwave, the running water, the medications on the window ledge.
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Is this Poverty?
Note the structure for a home, the automobile in the background. the AC unit in the window, the pets, the garden around the house,and the toys on the ground and about.
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Is this Poverty?
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Is this Poverty?
America is having some hard times right now and I wish to make it very clear that I have no disrespect for those that are having tough times. We have been in a recession or a depression or something that is being ignored by our government for a few years. Times are very bad in many places and millions upon millions are struggling.
When I began my series on Is this Poverty it was triggered by a conversation I had with one of my siblings. I have been on a journey for several years that has opened my eyes to things I never totally appreciated at any other time in my life. Our family and our life on the Double Nickel Farm are the theme of this blog to share what it is like when you basically have to start over with nothing. I am not writing these posts to be condescending, although I have been treated quite differently on this side of my journey. I have been challenged because I live in a structure that did not cost me what the average price home in the United States cost. In fact, my home cost a bit under half the national average, and it is a modular home. In case you are wondering what that is, it is fancy talk for a trailer. At some point my home was driven to the property. It was run down when we moved in, but having this house up a bit saved us tremendously during the hundred year flood that hit our farm a few years ago. (see here, here).
As I reflect upon poverty and ask the question is this poverty or is one poor, I need to be very clear: The Double Nickel Farm is not a representation of poverty nor of a family that is poor. I did not write my post hoping that folks would defend the farm and me. Instead I was writing this with a very serious point I wanted to make. I wanted readers to note the photos from my life to help with the conclusion I am heading towards with this series.
The photos from Is this Poverty? Part 2, are different than my farm photo montage. These photos were all drawn from sites that were writing about poverty and the poor. The last two images are graphic yet brutally honest. American poor is far different than world poor. America does have the genuinely poor but we also are the nation with the most resources to assist them. We have a net, tons of churches, and of course restaurants everywhere that throw away tons of food-for the taking.
In these images which ones genuinely reflect what you imagine of poverty or of the poor?
How do these images impact you? Compare the first post to these images...
The politicians of the United States should be ashamed. We are electing officials that are dumping billions upon billions of dollars into programs addressing those that are 'poor.' In truth, many of these dollars are buying votes and doing nothing but prostituting people to ensure an election. There are 45 million Americans on Food Stamps(SNAP-supplemental nutritional assistance program). Most certainly there are those in this program that need food assistance, but when we allow students in college to receive SNAP, we no longer are assisting. The students are being used and/or duped in promise of voting for the enabler(the politician). In fact the government spent 80 billion dollars for the program but will NOT reveal how the money is being spent.
Think long and hard about my next question.
If you know a person or family that is receiving benefits, or a family that you believe to be poor, do they look like people in the last two images of this post?
Part 3 will wrap up why I began this series. Be sure to stay tuned.
To read the rest of the series:
|Corn cakes cooking on the comal!|
|This is last year's pie~which was my very own pie and I am not ashamed to say I ate it all.|
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