Heritage Foundation? Koch Brothers! Fascists! You hate poor people!
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Great piece about relative poverty here. Not real long.
We have the richest poor people in the world…
(Disclaimer: I started out poor, dirt poor, hand-me-down shoes and underwear poor, peanut butter for breakfast, lunch, and dinner poor, shoveling out stables for money for my family at five years old poor…
Just did a $1.9 million bank transfer this morning, without thinking it was remarkable, so I guess I’m monetarily “rich”, by about any standard. I know I’m wealthy in family, relationships, and community. The important kind of wealth.)
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Reminds me a bit of an article my pastor penned for the local paper a year or two back.
In it, he told the story of a phone call he’d received a few weeks prior while at his study at the church. He’d picked up and a man on the other end had asked if our church was the sort that gave money to people in need. My pastor informed him that yes, we financially assisted families that needed help even when they weren’t a part of our congregation.
The man excitedly told the pastor that he’d be there soon. The pastor calmly informed him that he would be glad to give the man some money just as soon as he’d done some minor work around that church that needed to be done – cleaning, mostly, IIRC.
The man turned from excited to angry, and then hung up. And no, he never showed up at the church.
In the article, my pastor pointed out that while yes, the poor need to be helped, we also need to be diligent about both who and how we help people.
Exactly…2nd and 3rd generations of families on welfare show what happens when the means to survive is given without expecting those receiving to do anything to obtain it beyond filling out forms.
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