woodsmen saidWhy Someone Is Poor Depends on Whether You're a Republican Or DemocratOh Jeez.. Another opinion piece by Charles Blow; cherry picker extraordinaire, infamous player in "down low" sexuality for 20 plus years and defender of the indefensible. About two months ago I saw Charles Blow on MSNBC's Morning Joe making these claims. Mika Brzezinski turned him into a stammering fool when she proposed that since he is a highly successful black man presenting the figures as true then he should be admitting that attained his success in spite of not having worked as hard as others, that he had advantages over others, he put forth less effort than others and that luck had more to do with his success than anything he himself had done. All Blow could say in response was, "but the problem is how Republicans perceive poverty - not how Democrats perceive it." That was when Joe Scarborough went off on him.Blow is an ideological bigot who makes the flimsiest irrational claims possible in very well written English.❝
My qualm with the statement is the insistence on a “traditional marriage.” Loving families, of any formation, can suffice. While it is true that two adults in a home can provide twice the time, attention and income for a family, those adults needn’t necessarily be in a traditional marriage. Yes, marriage can have a sustaining and fortifying effect on a union and a family, but following that argument, we should be rushing headlong to extend it to all who desire it. In some cases, even parents living apart can offer a nurturing environment for children if they prioritize parenting when it comes to their time and money. Not all parents have to reside together to provide together.❞ What he doesn't say is that not everyone is like him, able to afford nannies and maids to do most of the parenting work that he takes credit for as a single father. He makes this statement and omits all the hundreds of studies over the past thirty years that all show a two parent family not only has profound advantages for the parents and children but also produces the most stable, and crime resistant children into adulthood.❝
A Pew Research Center/USA Today survey in January found that, unlike Democrats and independents, most Republicans believe that people are poor primarily because of a lack of effort, and that people are rich primarily because they work harder than others.❞Here again he ignores all the tons of evidence to the contrary. "Sixty-seven percent of high-net-worth Americans are self-made millionaires, according to the survey. Only 8 percent inherited their wealth. One third of the millionaires surveyed were women and half of them made their own fortunes independent from husbands."
Not only that but every 20 years over half the people listed as millionaires are replaced by newer ones who have worked their ways to the top. WORKING HARD, BEING EDUCATED AND BEING AMBITIOUS WORKS.
Then Blow just had to resort to repeating a disproven talking point.❝
“Indeed, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ latest survey of consumer expenditure found that the poorest fifth of America’s households contributed an average of 4.3 percent of their incomes to charitable organizations in 2007. The richest fifth gave at less than half that rate, 2.1 percent.”❞ The charity of the poorest fifth accounts for 9% of the total charitable donations in the US when all charity organizations are counted. USBLS gets its data from United Way and similar large umbrella charity organizations. They do not count local or regional charities that are more efficient and responsive to the needs of communities than the mega-charities and thus more likely to be supported by savvy people with money to donate.❝❞