I am gonna call bullshit on this propaganda piece

HuffPo had a piece by Linda Tirado on why poor people aren’t poor because of bad choices, but simply because they have no choices, where the author starts the piece off with the following doozy of a statement:

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.

I bolded that first line, because it was an immediate red flag. I should have probably stopped reading right there and assumed this was going to be one giant bullshit piece, but I wanted to give the progtard the benefit of the doubt and see where she was going with this. First off, only leftists have no idea why people are poor. There are countless reasons, ranging from bad luck, a crippling accident or medical condition that interferes with their ability to earn, to unemployment due to a bad economy or lack of an employable skillset, but my personal experience has been that people that suffer from chronic poverty are stuck there because of bad choices. Period. Anyone capable of some self-restraint and of controlling the need for instant gratification, with some work, gets themselves out of poverty. So I got curious about what the reasoning that this author would give for the state she claims to be in, and read on;

Rest is a luxury for the rich. I get up at 6AM, go to school (I have a full course load, 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 12:30AM, 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.

Guess what? Most rich people, unless they come from wealthy families, married insanely rich, or used their political office to enrich themselves like John Kerry, the Kennedys, or even the Clintons, Pelosis, and soon, the Obamas will be doing, work, and work hard too. That is, if you define rich by the ever dropping standard Barack himself graced us with back when. The one that started at anyone making over $250K then dropped all the way down to $150K. Anyway, back to some real trouble I found in that tripe she wrote: She is attending college? Unless she is doing something idiotic like “Gender Studies”, or for that matter, any of the other useless “Studies” type degrees that only leave you prepared for a piddly few, hotly contested, HR jobs in corporate America, or able to ask people if they would want fries with their order, she should – eventually – be able to earn enough to get her out of poverty. So the question begs to be asked: wtf is she doing? I am smelling a big rat.

Then there is the whole economics of this thing. She is working 2 jobs, in one of the places with the highest minimum wage in the nation, and her husband is working too – at least I suspect that’s happening – and she still is making so little that they are dirt poor? This doesn’t compute people. Even if you factor in that she is doing this crap part time and gets only minimum wage, those 2 jobs should be getting her some $20K – and likely a lot more – a year. Unless her husband is a kept man you can double that income. My bet is they are making at least $50K between them. Now they did choose one of the most expensive places to go live in, but that’s more of that stupidity I mentioned before. This story is simply not adding up for me. Let’s keep on reading.

When I got pregnant the first time, I was living in a weekly motel. 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.

Clearly you aren’t intelligent enough to prevent that pregnancy, especially when you know you can’t afford a child, aren’t you? Skip a paragraph about how she can cook but prefers junk food because it is far more satisfying and easy, and we get this:

The closest Planned Parenthood to me is three hours. That’s a lot of money in gas. Lots of women can’t afford that, and even if you live near one you probably don’t want to be seen coming in and out in a lot of areas. We’re aware that we are not “having kids,” we’re “breeding.” We have kids for much the same reasons that I imagine rich people do. Urge to propagate and all. Nobody likes poor people procreating, but they judge abortion even harder.

Seriously? Driving 3 hours was more expensive than paying for a kid for the next umpteen years? I think I begin to see the problem here: she is a fucking idiot on top of being a liberal. I know, what’s the difference? And oh the judgment she has to put up with for breeding! How dare people feel they shouldn’t have the government take from their tables, form their own kids, to feed the kids of these – to use her own words – breeders? And I thought progressives loved abortions. It’s a status symbol with most of them. Why fucking vote for idiots like Obama or other democrats, because unless you do they won’t keep it around, if you aren’t gonna use it to save the tax payers, yourself, but especially this poor child that will be subjected to your stupidity, the pain? Fuck me this woman is dense, and she is counting on people being stupid and emotional to sell her wares.

Convenience food is just that. And we are not allowed many conveniences. Especially since the Patriot Act passed, it’s hard to get a bank account. But without one, you spend a lot of time figuring out where to cash a check and get money orders to pay bills. Most motels now have a no-credit-card-no-room policy. I wandered around SF for five hours in the rain once with nearly a thousand dollars on me and could not rent a room even if I gave them a $500 cash deposit and surrendered my cell phone to the desk to hold as surety.

There is your problem in a nutshell: you live in San Francisco. That’s a liberal bastion. You think these idiotic rules that kept you from being able to get a room might all be because of government overregulation? You know the stupid shit that makes it impossible for a landlord, or even a motel, to evict a bum tenant/guest, because in SF, they care about the people so much they made that near impossible to do? if I owned one of these places I would want real proof you were not a bum before I took any risk. I bet the same applies to the banks. The regulation is so insane that they will ask you to jump through hoops to make sure you are not fucking them over. Yeah, the Patriot Act was a real shitty bum deal, but the problem is, yet again, government overregulation. And guess which party is the one that loves that shit? Anyway, back to the article where she now really cranks up the emotional drivel:

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.

Get it? The system has beat them down so they have given up on trying! No new jobs, because they can’t look nice enough to hold them. I know several not so well off people that have done just that, by taking advantage of thrift stores, second hand clothing, and much more. Eventually they made enough to even shop elsewhere. And they don’t give up if they get told they don’t fit the image. They work harder to get better at their next interview. And she admits she is missing teeth, drinks too much coffee, likely the expensive crappy shit, and smokes. How insulting to the people that work at not looking like crap despite the financial and other burdens. This author probably thinks they are traitors to her cause, I bet.

Despair! Do not even try! Yeah, I got it. The problem is the unfairness of it all. Not the fact that you make bad choices. How judgmental of me. What’s next?

Cooking attracts roaches. Nobody realizes that. I’ve spent a lot of hours impaling roach bodies and leaving them out on toothpick pikes to discourage others from entering. It doesn’t work, but is amusing.

I think this is a clear indication of her mental state. This woman is deranged. There is no other explanation for it. I wonder if PETA wants her head on a platter for being cruel to insects? Let’s just leave it at that and move on to her next bit of wisdom:

“Free” only exists for rich people. It’s great that there’s a bowl of condoms at my school, but most poor people will never set foot on a college campus. We don’t belong there. There’s a clinic? Great! There’s still a copay. We’re not going. Besides, all they’ll tell you at the clinic is that you need to see a specialist, which seriously? Might as well be located on Mars for how accessible it is. “Low-cost” and “sliding scale” sounds like “money you have to spend” to me, and they can’t actually help you anyway.

What a moron! Seriously? If I didn’t know better and actually had fallen for what at this point feels to me like a faux sob story, I might not end up having zero sympathy for her here, but I know better. Too many holes in this story. She’s claims to be poor, in San Francisco, a liberal bastion where the downtrodden certainly should be taken care of by their betters, and she wants me to believe that they can’t see a doctor or dentist, on someone else’s dime, too? This isn’t squaring. WTF does she mean they can’t help you anyway? That sounds insane to me. What are you going to do when you skip the doctor and find out you now have a condition that if caught could have been treaded, but now will impede you from working? The illogic here is astounding. Can it get any dumber?

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.

Ah yes. Here is some advice; switch to meth, baby! Longer boost, and since you already have blotched skin, missing teeth, and probably look the part from all that comfort food, nobody will notice. Look, I have no problem with people smoking. It’s your choice and your money. I respect that. But please don’t give me this shit story. It’s laughable. Access to meth in San Francisco should be easy. Probably cheaper than cigarettes too. The excuse making isn’t flying with me. This is more proof of bad choices compounded. Wait till the lung problems start up too. Some minor preventive care, and you could go on smokign till you are old as dirt. My granpa did it till he was 99. And he smoked filterless camels. Of course, he worked his ass off too.

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.

And there we finally have it. You make dumb decisions with your money. You can make all manner of excuses for that fact, and the big deal there is that while you can fool many, it isn’t fooling me. There are consequences and they matter in the long term. Ask the people that made the choices you didn’t and got out of poverty. They will tell you. And you have it backwards: when you give up and begin to pretend that money has no meaning, you will have none of it. If you are responsible you can’t be broke in three days. WTF is happening? Are monocled libertarian korporashun running super-rich fairies raiding your money sock and taking the cash? Or is the problem that responsibility would mean that you are paying your bills and thus have no money left? If it is the first then you have proven why you are a lib. But if it is the later, my advice is to lower the amount of money you spend on those bills. Some of the things you poor libs think are “essentials” are luxury items real poor people – ask the people in some of these third world countries about their iPhone – would kill for. Can it get worse?

Poverty is bleak and cuts off your long-term brain. It’s why you see people with four different babydaddies instead of one. You grab a bit of connection wherever you can to survive. You have no idea how strong the pull to feel worthwhile is. It’s more basic than food. You go to these people who make you feel lovely for an hour that one time, and that’s all you get. You’re probably not compatible with them for anything long-term, but right this minute they can make you feel powerful and valuable. It does not matter what will happen in a month. Whatever happens in a month is probably going to be just about as indifferent as whatever happened today or last week. None of it matters. We don’t plan long-term because if we do we’ll just get our hearts broken. It’s best not to hope. You just take what you can get as you spot it.

Oh fuck no, you didn’t go there!. Let me postulate a hypothesis here and see how many people disagree. If this woman, and others that think like her/this were given a ton of money, how long would it take for them to be right back at this very point in their lives: broke and despondent? I mean, shit since money has no meaning and making bad decisions is the norm, what makes anyone believe that giving these people anything, even large sums of cash, will suddenly produce other/better behavior? You don’t plan long term because you are fucking stupid.

I have had many long term plans that didn’t work out. I have not used that as an excuse to justify giving up on either planning or being responsible. There are countless others in the same boat. Most of them pull themselves up, sooner than later, and they work their way up the ladder. No matter how many plans go wrong and break your heart. It’s what made this country awesome. It’s the types that feel it’s all rigged against them, and thus, that they don’t even need to try, that end up where you are. And with that attitude they stay there. But I know what you are doing: I bet I get to see it in your closing argument too.

I am not asking for sympathy. I am just trying to explain, on a human level, how it is that people make what look from the outside like awful decisions. This is what our lives are like, and here are our defense mechanisms, and here is why we think differently. It’s certainly self-defeating, but it’s safer. That’s all. I hope it helps make sense of it.

Oh yes you are asking for sympathy. In fact, you are totally trying to use emotions to convince gullible people that this was all outside your control. I get the agenda and the message loud and clear. So I went and did a web search for other stuff you have done since I am not buying this “I am poor but it is system’s failt” routine of yours. Too many holes, as I already said: and I was not disappointed:

I started kindergarten a year early. I went to an exclusive private school where we didn’t have grade levels. They grouped us by age and we had workbooks in different subjects depending on our ability level. When my parents transferred me to a closer school with normal grades, they put me in fourth grade. I was seven. They wanted to put me into fifth grade, but my parents thought it would be too difficult for me socially.

School in Utah was a bit of a joke. I’d never really been to public school except for one half of seventh grade. My freshman classes were essentially review of stuff I thought was fifth-grade level. I did take German and Spanish that year, and it turns out I’m kind of good with language. By the time I graduated high school, I was fluent in German, French, Spanish, and Italian. I got awards for that too.

I had private music lessons from the age of four. I was an award-winning singer, piano, and flute player by seven. I owned twenty-three instruments when I was twelve. I toured Europe as a featured soprano the summer after I graduated high school.

Emphasis mine: who the fuck paid for all this shit? Sounds to me that you came from some very affluent family there girly-girl. So you went out on your own and stated making bad decisions, and now you are poor? Or are you not poor at all but just playing the dumb emotional people? This is pure and simple grievance mongering leftist bullshit. Your attempt to coerce idiots into agreeing with the wealth redistribution agenda fails, and fails miserably, with me. No, it’s not the system’s fault. You, and your choices, or lack there off, are why you are poor. If you really are poor. And I would much rather my tax money go to people that don’t want to remain poor and will do the work to change that. They at least deserve the help.

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  1. Seattle Outcast

    I can’t quite go with “idiot”, but “brainwashed progtard” will fit.

    If only there were a way in which she could exert some control in her life, such as using her brain for something other than writing hack articles filled with “epic loser” all over them….

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  2. Miguelito

    Especially since the Patriot Act passed, it’s hard to get a bank account.

    WTF? This sounds like the same argument used to claim that requiring photo ID to vote would be so hard on some people… who all just happen to vote D down the line. Doubly ironic that they don’t seem to have a hardship getting ID to sign up for gov’t benefits or to buy things like cigarettes or alcohol.

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  3. Miguelito

    Finally got through the post… and looked over the original, yep, completely flipped cause and effect.

    Alex, here’s why she wrote it:

    After enough people tried to send me paypal money, I set up a gofundme. Find it here. It promptly went insane. I have raised my typical yearly income as of this update.

    Man people are gullible. At least they did this by choice vs using gov’t force.

    You also missed (unless it was added recently) the orig link goes to a site where all the “Read more” links are to “Groupthink” at jezebel.com. Oh the irony!

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  4. Seattle Outcast

    The more I think about this, the madder I get about the whole thing. I’ve BEEN there, I was living under the poverty level for some time – fucked up state economy, food stamps, can’t pay rent, living in shit apartments with shitty furniture that people gave me because giving it way was cheaper than a trip to the dump, a car literally held together with tie wraps and hope, always looking for a job, watching all the jobs go overseas due to fucked up state laws that forced the major employers to just to “fuck it – you want to play that game? We’re leaving.”

    And now it’s 10,000% better – all because I decided to hell with this place, I’m packing up my shit and going where I have a chance, even if I don’t have anything waiting for me there other than a potential to get jobs (which the liberals effectively made go away where I was living). I moved to Seattle with NOTHING: no job, no money. Just a basement I could live in, as long as I did housework like a slave. Find jobs, be spare with the money, do without, and PLAN for the future. It isn’t hard, you just have to apply intelligent planning, cope with the shit life throws your way, and keep plugging away.

    And this stupid bitch just excuses all her fucked up decisions and blames everyone but herself.

    1) Got married, had kids (not in that order) when she was broke and apparently not even in school. Boo-hoo, bitch. Next time, take up the ass if you can’t be bothered to go get a free condom. Oh, and she had another one, still not enough money to even pay for the first one. And who would marry this loser? Another loser, obviously – losers love to hang with each other, maybe smoke some weed.

    2) Junk food – seriously, because you “can’t cook” but took home economics (they do not teach cooking in home economics, so I fail to see how that even applies)? That is some of the lamest shit I’ve ever heard – fast food is a luxury for when you can actually afford to blow double the money for lunch instead of instead of microwaving leftover burritos from last night’s dinner.

    3) Let’s revisit the can’t cook thing – does this bitch think she has to turn out restaurant quality meals? I used to shop in the generic aisle, and you can live off of refried beans, hamburger potatoes, ramen, and eggs for a long time. And making your own salad is cheap.

    4) Smoking – yeah, because all the high class dirtbags that get ahead in life indulge in a socially frowned upon, unhealthy, smelly, habit that costs a few grand a year. Extra stupid when you don’t even have the money to buy food apparently.

    5) Poor = unemployable. Wow, I mean, people won’t hire her because she doesn’t look right? And she looks “unhealthy” with really bad skin? See #4, and I’d love to hear about her ink, particularly about how she has so much of it that she can’t cover it up. Her appearance issue is far more likely to be because of her grooming and clothing choices, but she’ll never admit to it. When you are too skanky to wait tables in SF, you need to seriously change your choices in clothing, hair, etc.

    6) Let’s go live in one of the most expensive places in the USA, just because we’re broke. No matter that we have to commute fucking forever to everything, it’s a “vibrant urban center” or some such shit, and your blue and pink hair aren’t what people judge you by. Except that the place it taken over by techies with shitloads of cash from real jobs, and the freaks are getting edged out because they don’t have the bank to complete. And no, they don’t want to see skanky shitbags serving them at at “hip & trendy” places to eat.

    7) I’m poor, so fuck it, I give up. Good. You don’t seem suicidal, so the world needs losers to do the shit work that illegal immigrants are too busy to do because they’re busy busting their ass to make a better life for themselves.

    8) Some of the people I work with are marginally skilled, GED types that easily make 30K+ with overtime. This woman apparently is educated out the ass, multi-lingual, and can easily be hauling in a six figure income.

    9) She had kids, at a very young age apparently, because she “had a need to propagate” and didn’t want to be judged for having an abortion? How would anybody even know? Would she hang a sign around her neck that says “talk to me about my abortion?” And she’s a “breeder” and not “having children” because people that “have children” plan for them and make sure they can care for them financially. An excuse for every action – I’m surprised the semen just didn’t hunt her down and jump up her skirt when she wasn’t looking.

    And finally, we have to address her horrid self-esteem and sense of need. As she obviously came from wealth, yet the family won’t give her two dimes to rub together (and from Utah, no less) when she was obviously destitute and pregnant, you really have to wonder what she did to get disinherited/disowned before she was 20.

    Someone needs to give the whining loser a kick in the ass.

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  5. Hal_10000

    The thing is there are some legitimate points in there about how poverty can become a trap. For example, many poor people pay more for day-to-day rentals than they would for month-to-month because they can’t accumulate the money for a deposit. Or they spend thousands maintaining a broken car because they can’t afford to buy a new one. Or they spend money on stupid luxuries because they’re in a mental state that is convinced it won’t get out of poverty. Indeed, the EITC, a libertarian/conservative idea, was designed to give poor people infusions of cash to overcome precisely these things (and is a big reason poverty fell in the late 90’s).

    If the article had been about that, I might have sympathized. But everything is about her and justifying bad decisions. I mean, she fucking smokes? Smoking is probably the most expensive most damaging vice you can have. She seems unable to see how her decisions have been bad and how she can make better ones.

    I agree with SO’s original comment: this is a sign of brain-washing. Someone has taken the reality that poverty is hard to escape and translated that into poverty is impossible to escape and used that mentality to justify the very decisions that keep them there.

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  6. AlexInCT *

    The thing is there are some legitimate points in there about how poverty can become a trap. For example, many poor people pay more for day-to-day rentals than they would for month-to-month because they can’t accumulate the money for a deposit.

    I addressed that Hal. The main reason they have so much trouble finding a place are the insane regulations that allow people to just squat in rental properties and leave landlords with no options. I understand that some landlords have abused the system when there were no protection, but what we have now a days is so broken that any landlord that’s not set incredibly high and impossible barriers to make sure the people they get are not gonna fuck them over, is insane. Overregulation has swung the system so far the other way that it now hurts people of low means. Of course, the fact that too many of them abuse the system when they get a chance, also remains an issue. And I bet that people like this woman, the ones that make bad choices constantly because they can’t be bothered, given the opportunity, would squat and feel like it was due them.

    Or they spend thousands maintaining a broken car because they can’t afford to buy a new one.

    And this comes back to the same issues of over regulation and stupid government programs that do more harm than any possible intended good. “Cash for Clunkers”, for example. That program was so the democrats could help steer business – lots of money – to their union buddies. But the real effect was to make it even harder for people that depend on these low end cars to get them.

    But this doesn’t absolve people that think that since they are in poverty they don’t have to work at making sure they can get out of it. If you decide money is not worth it, and let your credit rating go to shit, you are of course never going to be able to finance anything. I constantly see advertisements for purchase or lease programs, with no money down, and amounting to less than $200 a month, for bran new cars. Granted, these are bottom end vehicle, with none of the insane modern commodities that drives the prices out of control, but of course, they are only available if you can be trusted to make your payments. If you can dump $200 or so every month into maintaining a clunker, you can afford these. But again, if you are irresponsible with your debt, like she absolutely is, then you fucked yourself over.

    Or they spend money on stupid luxuries because they’re in a mental state that is convinced it won’t get out of poverty.

    This is the primary reason they are there and will remain there. This is the thing that keeps them there. The lack of responsibility, the lack of self-restraint, the inability to resist instant gratification, are not the result of their attitude that they can’t get out of poverty, but the main and only reason they are in it.

    This is not a question of the chicken or the egg. That’s why it’s obvious that people like this, if we could magically reset the world and redistribute wealth fairly as the progtards tell us we should, or if they were given a big bunch of cash all at once, would be right back where they are today in a matter of weeks, if not days.

    Look at how so many of the people that think like this handled the windfall, after Katrina devastated their homes and the government went in and gave them credit cards with big money on it, for proof. Instead of looking out for their needs, they blew it all on instant gratification. I have no respect or inclination to help stupid people like that. Ever.

    Indeed, the EITC, a libertarian/conservative idea, was designed to give poor people infusions of cash to overcome precisely these things (and is a big reason poverty fell in the late 90′s).

    The best thing to get people out of poverty is a strong economy where they can get decent jobs. Those that want out will take advantage of that. We should help them all we can. But I am also at the point now that I feel we should identify the people that like this woman have basically convinced themselves the problem isn’t with them, and that they not only shouldn’t be held responsible or accountable for their stupid choices, but that we should give them even more money to piss away. Fuck that.

    If the article had been about that, I might have sympathized. But everything is about her and justifying bad decisions. I mean, she fucking smokes? Smoking is probably the most expensive most damaging vice you can have. She seems unable to see how her decisions have been bad and how she can make better ones.

    Forget the smoking. In fact, I could care less that she smokes. It’s her damned choice. It is all about the bad decisions and rationalizing them away as not her fault. I was furious at the fucking retards replying on her post about how brave she was to be honest. These morons are why people like this exist and we keep getting more of them. If someone was suicidal we wouldn’t encourage them to do it, would we (well I might cause I just can’t stand whiney attention getting fucks, but that’s a different problem)? So why would we encourage people that want to blame the system for their own stupidity and lack of discipline?

    I agree with SO’s original comment: this is a sign of brain-washing. Someone has taken the reality that poverty is hard to escape and translated that into poverty is impossible to escape and used that mentality to justify the very decisions that keep them there.

    To borrow & expound on a line of thought liberals love to use to show how evil korporashuns never would seek cures when there is money to be made to explain this phenomenon, let me state that “If you make your money from poverty, you have no reason to get rid of it, because that means you are out of a job”. And that’s it in a nutshell. People that say the idiotic shit this woman just did need to be fucking ridiculed and shamed. Not told how brave they are for dealing with a problem of their own making they want to pass off on others.

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  7. Poosh

    Many – most ideally – poor people (who stay poor) are poor because that’s the best they deserve and are worth – they’re thick, make bad choices, and not hard workers etc. This is obviously true. It’s a mixture of genetics, sure, but other factors that they have complete control over. For example, we can ALWAYS try and ask for help, no matter how dumb we might be.

    Most generally poor people don’t stay poor for long. Many people will be poor at some point in their lives. Liberals obviously want to make sure you ignore the fact that most poor never remain poor. But the ideal society has those of limited real value as poor, their lot only raised by the beauty of capitalism (she can afford fast food, for example.. capitalism, fast food 100 years ago would have been a novelty).

    I don’t think she’s brainwashed, I think she’s just a dumb bitch who can’t take responsibility for her own actions and is making excuses. I’m getting that she may have even been quite wealthy in her childhood … blown it all away because: she’s thick. Which proves the system works, no?

    We should help the poor who deserve better but simply are denied the opportunities to prove themselves. She was denied nothing, she made her bed and is pretending someone else is forcing her to lie in it.

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  8. Mississippi Yankee

    If for no other reason than her writing skills FAR exceed mine I can’t ,in good conscious, believe a word of this woman’s odyssey. Just when her over ambitious tale of woe seems to be coming to an end there is yet another excuse to ‘demand’ sympathy for her fat, pasty anagle-toothed existence.
    I’M NOT BUYING IT!

    My bet is that this is Jay Carney’s replacement warming up in the bullpens. (as I read her words I saw his face)

    The only other explanation would be that this is JULIA’S evil twin. And she has just fell, bounced out of the social safety net and hit the arena floor…hard.

    That happened to me once and I dislocated my shoulder. But I was getting paid at the time AND the show owner covered all of my medical. It was a different time I guess. That, and I got a better job…

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  9. hist_ed

    Jesus Christ, what a fucking cunt. Lying bitch cunt. Wonder what her hubby the marine thinks of her shit.

    Of course according to some post-modernist deconstructionist bullshit academic theory, there is no objective truth. Just like Nobel laureate Rigoberta Menchu, lying in the service of social justice is okey dokey. Probably what Obama says to himself.

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  10. Seattle Outcast

    Married to a Marine? I guess the code of honor in the corps has fallen to new levels of GTA wannabe thug if a Marine could stand being married to such a whore without looking for a sword to fall on.

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  11. AlexInCT *

    Hey Alex, looks you were right. The essay is a total fraud.

    Hal, I doubt it would take any kind of smarts to figure this was crap. Too many idiotic stereo types and the level of excuse making for behaving badly and thus constantly being out of money, simply was beyond the pale. The fact that so many progs lapped it up too made it blatantly obvious that it couldn’t be real.

    You should put up a new post since it was your call that this was bullshit. 100% correct, my friend.

    I have been thinking of a post on how the welfare system is designed to rob people of their dignity, by people that want to feel superior and believe they know what’s better for the idiot rubes that can’t do shit on their own, but pretend that their motivation is really about helping others, and I might refer back to this post when discussing that. Our system is so broke that it is tragic. For the system to help anyone, they literally have to become serfs. You have to lose everything you have and you have to subject yourself to the idea that without the giant nanny state you are a non entity.

    A welfare system that doesn’t help those that are actually unfortunate despite doing the right things, through no fault of their own, but are the most deserving by the very virtue of doing all the right things, is not a system to be proud of. It is down right broken to the point that it promotes bad behaviors while punishing what we should want more of. If you are in the middle class and the broken economy we now have due to decades of government meddling and social engineering gone wrong costs you your job, you are SOL. But some woman popping out baby after baby with different men, one that laughs at the idiots that actually work for a living and try to improve themselves, keeps getting paid, and paid more than those that choose to do the right things despite whatever pain or sacrifice is involved.

    I didn’t write this post to do the whole “I told you so” routine, but to point out that we shouldn’t allow these kinds of people – and this writer is one of those libtards that excuses this kind of despicable behavior by maintaining the façade that she is doing it to help the poor, while really believing that she has to resort to this sort of lies and manipulation because everyone else, including the people she portends to want to help, are too stupid to figure things out on their own – to set the agenda.

    Poverty will never be done away with. Especially now that we have removed the shame and stigma from sucking at the government’s teat and so many people believe they are entitled to everything simply because they exist. But whatever system we put in place should serve to protect those that work hard and are temporarily unfortunate, not the system we have now that basically serves to create a big voter class that sucks at the government teat for a living and votes for the party that helps them bleed the rest of us doing the right things, dry.

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  12. Iconoclast

    Yeah, I never could get my head around the idea that she lived in a bastion of liberalism, San Francisco CA, and yet a Planned Parenthood clinic was a three hour drive away.

    The Bay Area has plenty of Planned Parenthood clinics, four are listed in Google Maps within San Francisco proper, with several more in the East Bay. It wouldn’t take three hours by public transit to get to them.

    Hell, if you’re driving, you could be almost to Lake Tahoe in three hours…

    Clearly, this fiction author has no idea what she’s talking about.

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