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  •  My view is most poor people are poor because (1+ / 0-)
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    they weren't brought up right.  Perhaps they were driven to mental illness by abuse, perhaps their parents or parent just didn't teach them what they needed to know, or the only available school in their area was both appalling and dangerous, or something else horrible completely beyond the kid's control scarred him or her for life.

    And that's why the mainstream attitude to poverty offends me so much.  You're effectively saying, "Sorry, but you should have had a parentectomy", or "Tough shit that you didn't live in the right place when you were in school."

    You only get one shot at life, and, as the old cliche "God's children" implies, we're all to some extent limited by how we were raised, and we all need to continue taking care of one another as such.

    •  That's part of it, but you also have to consider (0+ / 0-)

      things like lack of job opportunities, lack of post-secondary educational opportunities, lack of adequate policing, lack of adequate health care, lack of support between jobs, etc.  

      To be free and just depends on us. Victor Hugo.

      by dizzydean on Tue Aug 06, 2013 at 08:53:03 PM PDT

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      •  And why don't they have those opportunities? (0+ / 0-)

        Because, in large part, they weren't positioned right early in life.  That's what I mean — there isn't just a practical issue here but a moral one; discriminating against the poor is, in large part, discriminating against their bad birth luck and bad childhood luck.  If you want to get the United States away from the kind of social contract where "if you want something, you've got to pay for it", you have to make the moral case for it because people won't change their minds very much for a merely practical argument.

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