Skip to comments.Being Poor?
Posted on 09/10/2011 1:00:36 PM PDT by Pangloss84
This sniveling and silly study in resentment and ingratitude have been widely praised in the Lib blogosphere.
It does show just how the US victim's mentality has now passed into absurdity.
John Scalzi is a minor science fiction writer in the current Pewter Age of SF.
I have added in parenthesis what being really poor is after each of John's whines
By John Scalzi
Being poor is knowing exactly how much everything costs.
(Really being poor is not caring how much anything costs because you have no money anyway)
Being poor is getting angry at your kids for asking for all the crap they see on TV.
(Really being poor is not having a TV, or a cell phone, a computer, an iPod, a washing machine, a toaster...)
Being poor is having to keep buying $800 cars because theyre what you can afford, and then having the cars break down on you, because theres not an $800 car in America thats worth a damn.
(Really being poor is dreaming of having a 10th-hand rusty bicycle with flat tires)
Being poor is hoping the toothache goes away.
(Really being poor is not having any teeth)
Being poor is knowing your kid goes to friends houses but never has friends over to yours.
(Really being poor is not having a house)
Being poor is going to the restroom before you get in the school lunch line so your friends will be ahead of you and wont hear you say I get free lunch when you get to the cashier.
(Really being poor is not eating during the school lunch time)
Being poor is living next to the freeway.
(Really being poor is living UNDER the freeway)
Being poor is coming back to the car with your children in the back seat, clutching that box of Raisin Bran you just bought and trying to think of a way to make the kids understand that the box has to last.
(Really being poor is having no idea that food comes in a neatly packaged sanitary box)
Being poor is wondering if your well-off sibling is lying when he says he doesnt mind when you ask for help.
(Really being poor is not having any siblings that survived into adulthood.)
Being poor is off-brand toys.
(Oh, the unendurable Hell that is living in America!)
Being poor is a heater in only one room of the house.
(Really being poor is burning ox dung for heat in your tar-paper one room shack)
Being poor is knowing you cant leave $5 on the coffee table when your friends are around.
(Really being poor is never having $5 to leave around)
Being poor is hoping your kids dont have a growth spurt.
(Really being poor is knowing your kids are so malnurished they will ever have a growth spurt.)
Being poor is stealing meat from the store, frying it up before your mom gets home and then telling her she doesnt have make dinner tonight because youre not hungry anyway.
(Really being poor is being where there are no stores to steal meat from)
Being poor is Goodwill underwear.
(Really being poor is NO underwear)
Being poor is not enough space for everyone who lives with you.
(Really being poor is not enough FOOD for everyone who lives with you)
Being poor is feeling the glued soles tear off your supermarket shoes when you run around the playground.
(Really being poor is having NO shoes.)
Being poor is your kids school being the one with the 15-year-old textbooks and no air conditioning.
(Really being poor is when your school has no textbooks, lights or roof)
Being poor is thinking $8 an hour is a really good deal.
(Really being poor is thinking 10 cents an hour is a really good deal.)
Being poor is relying on people who dont give a damn about you.
(Really being poor is ALWAYS having to rely on people who don't give a damn about your)
Being poor is an overnight shift under florescent lights.
(Really being poor is having to walk a treadmill 10 hours a day in the equatorial sun to pump water into your rice paddy.)
Being poor is finding the letter your mom wrote to your dad, begging him for the child support.
(Really being poor is having no dad to even beg for child support)
Being poor is a bathtub you have to empty into the toilet.
(Really being poor is when your bathtub is also your toilet.)
Being poor is stopping the car to take a lamp from a strangers trash.
(Really being poor is taking your dinner from a stranger's trash)
Being poor is making lunch for your kid when a cockroach skitters over the bread, and you looking over to see if your kid saw.
(Really being poor is watching your kid eat the cockroach with his bread for that extra bit of protein.)
Being poor is believing a GED actually makes a goddamned difference.
(Really being poor is having no idea what a GED is.)
Being poor is people angry at you just for walking around in the mall.
(Really being poor is people beating you for walking around where you don't belong.)
Being poor is not taking the job because you cant find someone you trust to watch your kids.
(Being poor is doing nothing but watch your kids suffer because there are NO jobs.)
Being poor is the police busting into the apartment right next to yours.
(Being poor is the police burting into YOUR apartment because you didn't have "protection" money.)
Being poor is not talking to that girl because shell probably just laugh at your clothes.
(Really being poor is having no clothes to laugh at.)
Being poor is hoping youll be invited for dinner.
(Really being poor is knowing NOBODY gets invited to dinner.)
Being poor is a sidewalk with lots of brown glass on it.
(Really being poor is when your sidewalks are paved with nothing but brown glass.)
Being poor is people thinking they know something about you by the way you talk.
(Being poor is people knowing everything about you by the way you dress.)
Being poor is needing that 35-cent raise.
(Really being poor is having to let your boss have sex with your children for that 35-cent a day raise.)
Being poor is your kids teacher assuming you dont have any books in your home.
(Really being poor is your kid's teacher having no books in HIS home.)
Being poor is six dollars short on the utility bill and no way to close the gap.
(Really being poor is never being short on the utility bill because you have NO utilities.)
Being poor is crying when you drop the mac and cheese on the floor.
(Really beig poor is EATING the mac and cheese you dropped on the floor.)
Being poor is knowing you work as hard as anyone, anywhere.
(Really being poor is knowing you work as hard as anyone, anywhere -- and ALWAYS WILL!)
Being poor is people surprised to discover youre not actually stupid.
(Really being poor is living hwere noboday cares whether you're stupid or intelligent.)
Being poor is people surprised to discover youre not actually lazy.
(Really being poor is living where it makes NO DIFFERENCE whether you're lazy or not.)
Being poor is a six-hour wait in an emergency room with a sick child asleep on your lap.
(Really being poor is watching FOR DAYS the sick child in your lap DIE because there is no emergency room, no doctor, no medicine.)
Being poor is never buying anything someone else hasnt bought first.
(Oh the Hell that is being poor in America!)
Being poor is picking the 10 cent ramen instead of the 12 cent ramen because thats two extra packages for every dollar.
(Oh the Hell that is being poor in America!)
Being poor is having to live with choices you didnt know you made when you were 14 years old.
(Really being poor is being sold into prostitution by your parents when you're SEVEN years old.)
Being poor is getting tired of people wanting you to be grateful.
(A expectation of thanks by those who provide you with an unearned standard of living beyond the dreams of 90 percent of humanity -- Those lousy bastards!)
Being poor is knowing youre being judged.
(I grow tired of Mr. Scalzi's whining now)
Being poor is a box of crayons and a $1 coloring book from a community center Santa.
(Make you wanna cry, doesn't it?)
Being poor is checking the coin return slot of every soda machine you go by.
(The daily assault on one's dignity never ends.)
Being poor is deciding that its all right to base a relationship on shelter.
(Ah, finally the lib's rejection of moral volition!)
Being poor is knowing you really shouldnt spend that buck on a Lotto ticket.
(Why not? It goes for your own "free" school lunch!)
Being poor is hoping the register lady will spot you the dime.
(Scalzi is really getting tiresome.)
Being poor is feeling helpless when your child makes the same mistakes you did, and wont listen to you beg them against doing so.
Being poor is a cough that doesnt go away.
(Persistant coughs ever happens to rich people. It's against the law in Amerika!)
Being poor is making sure you dont spill on the couch, just in case you have to give it back before the lease is up.
(Scalzi had a couch? Rich kid!)
Being poor is a $200 paycheck advance from a company that takes $250 when the paycheck comes in.
(Whose fault for mishandling his finances?)
Being poor is four years of night classes for an Associates of Art degree.
(And forget Scalzi being grateful to the taxpayers who paid for those night classes! After all, he made the supreme effort to ATTEND!)
Being poor is a lumpy futon bed.
(Beats sharing a dirt floor with the pigs.)
Being poor is knowing where the shelter is.
(Being grateful is thanking those who run the %$#!@!shelter!)
Being poor is people who have never been poor wondering why you choose to be so.
(No, John, we wonder why you're such a sniveling ingrate for not appreciating how lucky you were to be "poor" in 20th century America.)
Being poor is knowing how hard it is to stop being poor.
(Yeah, right up there with fighting for survival in a gang-ruled Rio slum.)
Being poor is seeing how few options you have.
(That Scalzi says this about living in America shows him to be the educated idiot he is.)
Being poor is running in place.
(I may vomit.)
Being poor is people wondering why you didnt leave.
(Here's hoping Scalzi does leave this American hell on earth - soon!)
Scalzi’s list may well be one of the Top Ten Stupidest Writings Ever.
The list is far too long to prolong attention, and hasn’t this man heard of medicaid, food stamps, and section 8 housing? Individuals in the United States have options that many other places do not have when you are really in need. Who is this guy? I never heard of him.
being poor is having low skills,productivity,or knowledge and living in a country where government interference by libtards has created minimum wage laws and pro labor union laws that make it difficult or impossible for them to find any kind of job, which keeps them poor permanently.
Do those liberals realize BHO has added a couple more million into that category?
In the eyes of liberals I’m the worst kind of “poor”.
My neighbor has more than me and I still don’t want to steal it.
I have experienced nearly everything on that list, barring maybe 4 items. I still experience quite a few of them. It’s called LIFE and you’re right, he’s a whiner.
The penalty for skipping the intro;(
Your parentheses are priceless - as is the privilege of living in the United States.
Poverty is character building - until some unctuous do-gooder liberal takes the challenge away and forces someone else to carry the burden.
My biggest issue isn't the lack of money. It's lucking out and being able to get a nice rental at a good price and because of it, others assume my family has money. I'm just grateful for what I have. But, by next year.... I won't be poor anymore.
Being poor is a way of life for people that think this way. You can see poor people at the race track in Charlotte. You can see poor people at the Bank of America stadium watching the Panthers play football. Even though I have no money I am not poor. I am blessed with a wife that loves me and 2it kids that love me for being their daddy. I will never have a victim mentality. I have empathy for someone tough on their luck but I ha e had it with the constant whining from those on the left. College? I’m still in college at UNCC. I don’t whine about things, no way. The only attitude acceptable to me is one of optimism, hope, and happiness. The fake hope that the Obama campaign used to date rape America with has worn off; the liberals think they can wake up from the bad dream now and use a phony jobs plan to lull us back to sleep. I truly thank God for gi cong me the gifts of life & salvation. I will stay strong and fight for my country. Im glad there are lots of us on the right side.
When my wife from Mexico first came to visit me in MN (as my girlfriend) she was surprised at how I lived because I told her I was poor. She said “how can you say you are poor?” You have a car, your apartment has lots of furniture and you eat at McDonalds regularly.
A few years after getting married, we went on a mission to India. She then said “I think I have sinned in thinking I was poor all my life. Maybe my house was tiny, but at least I didn’t sleep on the sidewalks like those families. Maybe, I had to eat beans and tortillas every day, but at least I never went hungry!”
Being poor is walking around with a backwards Raiders cap and your pants around your ankles so everyone can see your butt crack.
Being poor is beating up a kid after school because he did his homework for class and therefore was acting “white.”
Being poor is when you are a stupid slut and the government provides you food, housing, healthcare and money for each child you conceive with some loser you screwed after dancing with him at a nightclub.
Being poor is when you receive a text on your iPhone from your homies and you all go do a flash mob robbery on some cracker running a convenience store.
“It’s called life ...”
Dittoes. And nothing lasts forever. That $8 per hour job he whines about could lead to somethng better — if he is reliable, dependable, a good worker, shows up on time and sober, gets along well with others, doesn’t complain.
If not, he might have to look in the mirror or listen to himself talk to get a clue why he’s stuck.
Well, I can’t say that “Being poor” is Scalzi’s best work. But I’ve read most of his SF novels, and I think they’re quite good. Especially Old Man’s War and its sequels.
Yep. I think it really helps that I grew up “poor” but never really knew it. I mean, I lived with my grandparents, who were basically subsistence farmers, and a single mom who worked secretarial jobs for very little. There was never much cash around the house. But my grandparents were actually very proud that they owned their own house, grew their own food, took care of themselves... and my mother would tell me all the time, “Clean your plate, don’t you know there are starving children in India/Africa/China/wherever that would be glad to have that??” It didn’t improve my appetite, but it definitely gave me a perspective on poverty. Never do I remember hearing any of them tell me would life would be like if only we had money. All they ever mentioned was what life would be like if we weren’t as fortunate as we are.
As the Reverend Ike used to say: The best thing you can do for poor people is not become one of them.
Same here. Lots of “poor people” started that way, like me, but only a fool doesn’t try to improve their lot in life. I always get angry about the statistics that show how poverty hasn’t improved in 40 years because the poor are getting poorer. Hardly anyone is poor their entire lives, unless they are on the multi-generational welfare gravy train and didn’t do squat to make it better for themselves and their kids. Something is wrong with you if you still have a 40 year old black & white TV with rabbit ears. Our poor have a hell of a lot more than even middle class people did in 1970.
No mention of the food stamps, WIC, free food banks, free computer and $10 high speed internet, free “lifeline” cell phone, section 8 housing, medicaid, energy assistance, and earned income credits.
Surely he’s not talking about the United States? /s
Our current definition of “poor” is a laugh anyway. If you have a roof over your head, electricity, a fridge and an oven, and can eat twice a day, you’re better off than half the modern world. Moreover, you’re better off than 100% of the world 200 years ago. Even the Medici family never had the advantage of antibiotics, flushing toilets, refrigerated food, electric lamps, or clean water. And even the cheapest, rustiest piece-of-crap car would have made them fall to their knees before this Chariot Of The Gods.
Poverty is merely a relationship of material possessions. American poor are the wealthiest poor in the world. In the land of billionaires the millionaires are poor.
Well, that's totally bogus. It is pretty much illegal for anyone outside of the lunch accountant to know who gets free or reduced lunches. No kid ever has to say that in line for lunch anymore and hasn't for years.
"Hi, Mr. Writer! I own a small business. I match most of what you said on that there list of yours, so I'm thinking I'm poor.
"If so, then why am I being taxed as if I were rich?"
Someday, one of those lists will cross that line...
Being poor is an indulgence. In America at least.
Being poor USUALLY is the result of POOR habits. AND, the “poor” in this country are richer than probably 90% of the world.
I should add that the entries on the list about “the kids” irritate me because I don’t understand why people have kids when they know they won’t be able to take care of them. I mean, if you were doing well and then lost your job, that’s a little different, but poor people popping out babies and then yelling at the rest of us to get our butts over here and feed their kids makes me mad. This is NOT 1830, you know. We know what causes pregnancy now and we know how to avoid it. Actually, they knew how to avoid it in 1830, too. It was called “don’t get married and breed.” But nowadays, sex is considered as necessary as water and air...
The cashier would know by the end of the first week of school anyway.
I’ve done many of the things he mentions mostly because I’m frugal. I have been about as broke as anyone at times in my life but I have never been poor.
I have 2 cheap vehicles that cost me a 1/4 of the cost of a new one and they still drive and look good.
When my boys were younger and we were really broke, I made their “name brand” blue jeans and shirts and my own fashion jeans. Nobody knew the difference.
I can feed 4 people for a year on what a lot of people spend in a month.
I rarely buy anything new.
I LOVE to dumpster dive.
I’m not poor and never will be.
I love those people who say things like, “I do all the work and the boss gets all the money.”
Can't say what he writes is really science fiction, more like social commentary disguised as SF.
Check out his blog Whatever. When he writes about anything political it's the usual brainless regurgitation of Lib dogma. And the comments of his sycophants following are the typical echo chamber, dull as dirt.
Like the incessant abuse of the word “racist,” to say you're poor because you didn't have nice clothes or had to eat govt. cheese is to made the word meaningless and insults the truly destitute.
Amazing, isn’t it? People who cannot provide for their children still have them, and if I dare resist paying for their food, toys, education, medical care, etc. they call ME selfish?
We’ve been subsidizing single-mother families for 40 years. What has it gotten us? More of them than ever. I’ve read that in Regency England, as much as 65% of the women never married. (And if they were gentlewomen or ladies, that meant they lived and died as virgins.) Why? Not enough money to marry and raise children. Now if they could manage not to beget children in a time where there was NO birth control and NO safe abortions... why can’t women do it now??
As a kid my old man would joke and say “I’d pay you what you are worth - but I don’t think you’d work that cheap. So how does $5 an hour sound?” (At the time - $5 was HUGE! Never had a problem getting buddies to help when needed at that wage either.)
Scalzi’s observations made me laugh. Yours made me cry.
(All is for the best in the best of all possible worlds, Dr. Pangloss.)
They didn't manage not to beget children. A number of those single women tossed their newborn into the river or gave them away because a single woman with a child couldn't get work.
And there were both birth control and abortions. They were not advertised but every girl knew who to go to if she "got into trouble". Paying for it was another story.
And there were a lot of illegitimate children then as well. 75% of the births in St Giles were out of wedlock.
But your point of you get more of what you subsidize is taken.
I venture to say that most Americans don't.
When you beg your neighbor to accept your child as a unpaid servent (aka slave) because you know that they will probably be allowed food to eat? That's poor.
I can see that you got my over-all point: you get from people what you expect from them, for the most part. And a society that fully expects people to screw around like crazy and not even bother with birth control, or avail themselves of the "choice" that they so diefy, will have an ever-increasing supply of feral children who need feeding until they are big enough to rob you on their own.
I am not advocating people do the same now but a negative consequence does work to make people stop and think before they do something.
Yeah. All I’m saying is, it CAN be done. (Getting through life without having children you can’t feed, that is.) Especially in this day and age.
(mndude clicks “like”)
Fairly obvious that Mr. Scalzi has never been poor in his life ...
I agree — the Old Man’s War series is outstanding.
He should stick to what he’s good at: writing SciFi.
He ain’t good at this...
Poor is a mind set.
He sounds affluent compared to what we had.
If being poor didn’t suck it wouldn’t inspire people to better themselves.
Being poor is having to wear the hand me downs of your sister.....when you're a boy!
Being poor is having to watch an old t.v. but not having electricity.
Being poor is following homeless people down the street asking them for money.
Being really poor is not having anything else to do but this!
There is a difference between being poor and being broke.
I have been so broke I would quite literally sit by the phone hoping it would ring so my business would get a job and I could buy something for my kids to eat that night.
Being poor is a state of mind in which you expect to be broke tomorrow, next week and next year.
I’ve been totally broke, but I was never poor.
Somebody signed up today to waste bandwidth on FR.
Expect more of this tonight and most likely tomorrow.
Is this your idea of an counter argument? Instead of snide comments, perhaps you’d like to try adding to a rational discussion. Do YOU think being poor in America is remotely comparable to being poor is, say, a refugee camp in Darfur? Or even being poor in Tijuana, Mexico?
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