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Updated on December 30, 2013

“Everyday yuh get up politician yuh cursing politician yuh cursing situation worsen
But a nuh lie, if yuh nuh try, well yuh nah go get nuh bligh
All a look like yuh waan see bread drop from di sky”[1]

Here’s the truth: poor people need to mobilize! As Bounty Killer said you cannot wait for bread to drop from the sky. The lie about how wealth trickles down from the wealthy to those in the slums is just that, a gross lie!

Believe nothing the corporate media tells you! Next to politicians they are the biggest liars and I will not go into details here because I have already proven that in my essay titled “Truth is only “true” from a certain perspective”. The point being is to be sceptical of what the T.V. and/or newspapers tell you. If you do not educate yourself (do research), you will never know what is really happening with you and around you! Do you enjoy living in the Matrix?

Being poor is the twenty-first century type of slavery: financial slavery! Poverty keeps you immobilized; paralyzed without adequate finances you cannot move, you cannot eat and consequentially you cannot think because as Napoleon once said: “An army marches on its stomach”. Without proper food you will not go far. So, watch what you eat because as another saying goes: “You are what you eat!” Be free of McNasty, stay away from that poison. (I would like to make a parenthesis here and add that there is a very good documentary about the food we eat which may be found on Youtube or simply by goggling the title “Food Inc”.)

“The revolution will not be televised”! It has started and it needs You! The revolution that has begun is in the belief system we have been programmed to accept. We have been brainwashed for decades and constantly been kept in a state of fear. Some people are afraid that they will lose their job, some are afraid that they will not be able to afford the medicine they need (which they often do not actually need but they are trained to believe they need it), while others are afraid that they will not be able to put their kids through college or university. We are trained to fear strangers, fear those unlike us be they Muslim, Christian, Hindu, Buddhist or whatever else … black, white, red and yellow: we are all the same. Fear nothing because fear rarely helps and certainly it does not in our social circumstance. Once fear is shed, opportunities will be allowed to arise. Being in a state of fear though, negates your thought process. Be courageous, be yourself!

Apathy will not help! Get angry, sure Life is unfair, it is a struggle but you need to be involved in what goes on and if you feel that your voice is not heard: get louder and not for the sake of being loud but for the sake that others will hear you and they will join you. You are not alone. Poor people are all over the world and are doing just as bad whether they live in Canada, France, Pakistan or Somalia. Despair is despair. We should shed that feeling though and look at whatever possibilities exist to better our lives and the lives of those around us.

Mobilize! Get angry and get active! People do not have to be living in poverty, Life can be different. We create the reality we believe that we can forge! Believe in yourself, believe in the Great Spirit and it will guide your path! Open your eyes, “the truth’s inside you” (Diabolic, “Truth”)! I believe in you, you should as well! My message is simple: believe in yourself and act, even if you think your actions might not have the impact you wish they had, keep struggling, your voice is heard and it is important. Defeat is not an option! We have to fight for our rights and for a better world!

The first two photographs were taken in Paris, France and the last two were shot in Toronto, Canada.

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    • Mr. Happy profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr. Happy 

      9 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Thank You very much for your kind words Mrs. Marcy Goodfleisch. I am happy You enjoyed the photos. I always give what I can to homeless people and I often sit and talk to them.

      The first two photos were taken in Paris, two summers ago.

      I didnt expect anyone to comment again on this piece of writing - it is a little old ...

      Thank You again for taking the time to read and comment. All the best!

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 

      9 years ago from Planet Earth

      You write good commentary. The photos here are amazing, by the way. I especially like the quality of the first two, and the one with the bicycle is my favorite. All the photos tell the story you're commenting on here, and they strengthen your arguments. Voted up, useful, awesome and interesting.

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      Lea Williams 

      10 years ago

      Awesome, and voted up. =)

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      10 years ago

      Great write up. The article and the comment thread raises many valuable points about this poverty issue. The great thing is that people are thinking and talking about and hopefully will DO something personally if they aren't already.

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      Charlie Wolf 

      10 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Provocative. Very good points. I was in Victoria BC a few years back during the first week of June. I was surprised by the number of homeless leaning against doorways and windows on the streets. Beautiful city, but like much of the US, it proves society needs a strong economy too.

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      Mr. Happy 

      10 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      James, you are so right it hurts! The reasons for homelesness are indeed more complicated than it seems to most. Sure, some are poor due to lazyness but even more are poor and homeless because they suffer from mental illnesses and/or from drug addiction.

      I am not sure what to say about the broken home except that education helps. There are NGOs that help families and especially kids who come from broken-down house holds. Youth Assisting Youth is an organization (in Toronto) which I voluntered with and they assist broken down families, or better say the children of broken down families.

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      James A Watkins 

      10 years ago from Chicago

      This is a very good Hub. The poor will always be with us. The United States did not have a homeless problem until laws were passed by dogooders that emptied out our asylums maybe thirty years ago or so. The idea was that no one should be institutionalized except voluntarily. The majority of the homeless are either mentally ill or drug addicts here.

      The greatest predictor of becoming poor is the broken home. What do you propose we do about that?

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      Mr. Happy 

      10 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Mr. Jeremy, thanks for taking the time to read and comment. We have to keep fighting. The number of people hurting right now is increasing and perhaps the strenght in numbers is what was needed.

      Thank you for the great comment Ptosis. Very nice of you, I appreciate it.

    • ptosis profile image


      10 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you for your honesty

    • Jeremey profile image


      10 years ago from Arizona

      I came to your hub after I noticed you had noticed a comment of mine. I just recently was "temporarily" placed out of work again.(Long story, in a way)I hopped on the net my first day out of work and stubbled upon hubpages. It seemed like a place I could maybe vent my frustrations, find an open ear, and like-minded mouth. It seems there more out there than I expected. There is opposition in belief and opinion as well, which is always good in its own siituational way. The above hub was wonderful, honest and unusually humanly open. Most would hold back some of your words. You have, like many commentors stated, hit a nerve, on both sides of the fence. This hub has eased my mind, and provided myself with insiration. Thank you! I will continue to read your hubs, write on, right on!!

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      10 years ago from USA

      Ms. :)

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      Mr. Happy 

      10 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      lol Mr. Tonymac, "tickling the angry fibers"? I suppose I am doing that. It is needed in my opinion. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment.

      Mrs. RunAbstract (I assume it is Mrs. although I may be wrong), thank you for stopping by. I checked-out the book online and shall aquire it soon. I shall let you know what I think of it after I read it.

      And I do not believe Mr. Yankee is a contradiction. He is not part of those in need of help and I suppose he never really was. I would guess that his life on the street was but a chosen personal adventure as suppose to Life sending him a crushing blow.

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      10 years ago from USA

      P.S. I would also like to reccomend a book if you can find it... Descent Into Slavery. But it may cost you a few fiat bucks to get it.

    • RunAbstract profile image


      10 years ago from USA

      Isn't "Yankee Reb" a contradiction in terms? I mean, I just put the morning coffee on, so I may not be firing on all six... but that just sounds sort'a like a wannabee "cool" name for a DETRACTOR!

      If you start a silly word battle and get someone side tracked from the point they're making, maybe that will cause others who are reading to get wrapped up in the word hurling between the hurlers, instead of concentrating on the point being made.

      So... Dear Yankee Doodle... er, Yankee Reb, (whatever),maybe you enjoyed life on the street, and know people who are putting their kids on display as eurchins to make that all mighty buck, and maybe you don't. I don't care either way. (But where's C.P.S. on that one? Just curious.)

      I have done volunteer work for a certain organization that deals with poverty strickened people for over 20 years. The organization operates a family shelter, a food bank, and distribution center that supplies clothing, furniture, and other household items to needy people. So I believe I am in a position to understand a portion of what is going on in the world of poverty, since I have been an eye witness, able to watch up close for over two decades.

      Let's start with basic human needs. Food. Grocery prices are going up. That is a fact. Not only are prices going up, but in many cases portions are getting smaller. That's not good.

      At the food bank, it is getting harder to supply the needs of the hungry. Invoices that used to be 7 to 9 pages long, listing available food for distribution, has dwindled down to less than 2 pages. With staples such as beans and rice going down hard! Along with quality.

      When a poor, hungry mother gets a one pound bag of beans from the food bank, only to find a half pound of useable beans in that bag, because of clods of dirt being in the bag producing weight, because of broken, old, moldy beans being in the bag... well, she don't have much to work with to feed her family.

      Housing. Hey Yankee, have you noticed people all over the nation of the USA loosing their homes because of all the stupid ARM loans, inflation, (while property values deflat)? Have you looked around and noticed the increases in rental rates catogorically nationwide?

      And just say some poor homeless sucker is lucky enough to own a car... Does anything at the gas pumps look alittle scarey to you?

      The shelter owned by the organization I volunteer with supplies families with up to 2 years of residence, and has been running at full capacity for over 3 years now! There is a waiting list a mile long. And the community it serves is only about 38,000 people! But it may have to close down, since private grants that have kept it going for over 16 years have dried up, and donations are VERY low.

      You have to be blind not to realize that the rich keep getting richer and the poor keep going through hell!

      I personally live in a nice, modest home. I work a regular job, and have a few irons in the fire to supplement my income. I consider myself lower middleclass, and I am starting to have to juggle bills from month to month as I watch my savings increasingly nose dive! My nest egg will never hatch!

      So Yankee Doodle Dumb*SS, your opinion means nothing to me. People like you just p*ss me off! Grab some reality! And remember, it is better to remain silent and be thought of as a fool, than to "speak" so others will lose all doubt.

      Now... time for a cup 'o Joe. After that... Let's build some earthbags houses, and get ready to plant a bunch of food next spring!

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      Tony McGregor 

      10 years ago from South Africa

      Well done, sir! It is high time that people get the message about corporatism and how it is empoverishing people.

      Just last week two of our politicians (one a deputy minister, no less!), youngsters still wet behind the ears but with far too much power and wealth, each gave R20000 to an admittedly good cause, and one of them commented that that sum is "really just small change."

      Now that I find sick. There are millions of people here who don't get that amount in a year - never mind it being "small change" for them. And these young a-holes say they are representing the poor and the previously disadvantaged! The callousness and arrogance are breath-taking.

      Thanks for tickling the angry fibres!

      Love and peace


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      Mr. Happy 

      10 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      This piece picked-up more attention than I thought it would. I am glad people are giving second thoughts to the issue of poverty because as we can all see it is becoming a common state for a lot of people. We either act to change our situation or we can start looking at building some more slums.

      Thanks for the comments!

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      Amy Becherer 

      10 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Wow, you certainly stimulated some neuron activity. You got well deserved, passionate responses and though there is debate, people are thinking and talking and that is progress in itself. I spoke regularly with a homeless man who had become complacent in his circumstances, he was beaten down through illness and, although he did not complain, he lost hope. After a number of years, sleeping in the parks or sidewalks in the extreme weather in St. Louis, is accepted, but not enjoyed by the homeless I've spoken with. After a certain amount of time, most of the downtrodden adapt to what life hands them. Many of the homeless are victims of circumstances beyond their control. I know no one who would choose physical or mental illness. I have been told by some homeless folks that they will take their chances on the streets to the known dangers in the shelters. It's hard to sleep with one eye open for fear you may die for your clothing. It certainly is not something I would choose. Thank you for your passion and inspiration.

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      10 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      I do believe that i have enjoyed all the comments you got almost as much as the hub itself. Being profound in your thoughts and beliefs are often misunderstood by readers who do not possess the same depth of that profundity.

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      10 years ago from Bangladesh

      beautiful article...

    • Mr. Happy profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr. Happy 

      10 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I am thinking after apathy and disillusionment comes anger and a little after revolution (to put it all in very simplistic terms) so perhaps we are on the right track.

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      Petra Vlah 

      10 years ago from Los Angeles

      I believe that poor people are very much aware of their condition, but history has proved time and again that any kind of protests or uprising could and would be easily crushed by a system that rendered them impotent and hopeless. As more and more people are getting close to the poverty status a general apathy and disillusion takes hold and that plays right in the hands of the powerful, whether politicians or labor unions.

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      Steven Miller 

      10 years ago from Ohio Great City of Dayton

      This is a great hub Mr. Happy. Yet again you have hit the nail on the head. Like I always say, the only thing that trickles down to the masses is greed. I more respect the poor who see through this malicious greed, than the man working his life away deceived into only believing what his boss wants him to believe. For fear that if he does not conform he will be fired and lose everything. This is why many corporations expect their employees to "think and vote" republican. However this is the world we live in, a world of fear. Those with jobs are becoming malicious against those without jobs. In an attempt to impress the boss and keep the job. This is creating a bad attitude between the haves and have not's. Great hub here! Keep it up, you are wise.

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      Scott M 

      10 years ago

      Sharp observations Mr Happy. I like the cut of your jib - hope you sail a few more readers into awareness of the propaganda we're having shoved down our naïve throats.

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      Yankee Reb 

      10 years ago

      I think people who hunt or fish for sport should pay a LOT MORE than I paid ... I purchased a LIFE TIME SPORTSMAN LICENSE for myself and my son because it supports other aspects of wildlife needs and issues in this state.

      However, fact be known Game meat is a LOT safer to eat than that steroid laden garbage in the stores today. It is leaner and mainly steroid free. It also protects tomato gardens. Them Thar Durn Deer eat tomato buds (play on country diction)

      As far as being homeless - they all had their own triggering mechanism which put them there. I literally knew Medical Doctor's, a lawyer, and even a nuclear scientist who chose to be homeless.

      As for me - I got off the street because of a friend having been shot to death in the van we were in on a Mothers Day in Albuquerque. The Deer Slug split in 2 and half of it barely missed my head.

      For the record - the guy who owned that van was the dude that made all that money with his 2 boys and girlfriend.

      If it wasn't for the fact that I have an awesome marriage - I would definitely be back there!

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      Mr. Happy 

      10 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Thanks for not hunting/fishing for fun Mr. Yankee, I did not assume that you did. I wished you did not and luckly you made my wish true. I appreciate that. Too many people do kill for fun and it is just terrible ...

      I am not really sure what to say about the homeless people issue except that I think it is unfair to label all homeless people as con artists and that was the impression you left me with. You wrote that you were in that situation yourself at some point and that you are no longer in that situation. Thus (I assume now), you must have gotten sick and tired of being on the street and you moved on. If it would have been such a marvellous experience being homeless you would still be there I suppose.

      "The truth is rarely pure and never simple" - Oscar Wilde

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      Yankee Reb 

      10 years ago

      Okay Mr. Happy let me hit your lengthy post

      YOU SAID: that fictitious story I still do not buy until it is proven to me

      That's fine - it was Christmas time for one thing and what I actually saw was what I saw ... does not matter who really believes what - I saw it because I was there IN PERSON!

      It was in our camp

      YOU SAID:I wish you make use of the animals you hunt and do not hunt for sport.

      What made you ASSUME I sport hunt or fish? I am sooo very against killing for sport and have been part of a wildlife rescue to help save a Great Blue Heron who needed medical rehab - not that I should have to clarify an unsubstantiated assumption.

      YOU SAID: I have a typical white attitude?!

      If you jump off and buy into the concept that homeless people are not there on their own and they need help you are sounding just like a typical white mark that is constantly targeted with the POOR ME stories of the con artist.

      You got to understand - I WAS THERE - I am a former habitual homeless person who spent almost 2 decades there.

      YOU SAID: I do start caring when I see people sleeping on the sidewalk

      I suppose you fail to understand that sleeping on the sidewalk is where they choose - when I was in those area's I used to use peoples garden shrubs or the brushy wooded area's near a highway

      YOU SAID: We know as of lately many decent people especially in the United States became homeless and those peole would like to come out of poverty.

      I agree - but this homeless system is too busy milking the non profit status to figure out how they and the liberal mindset are WHY THEY ARE THERE!

      .... unfortunately - the wife needs help at the moment and she takes precedence over this conversation!

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      Mr. Happy 

      10 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Now we are starting to agree on a couple of things (we still do not agree that you can make a tyhousand dollars a week by sitting at off ramps - that fictitious story I still do not buy until it is proven to me - I do not read much fiction myself).

      I don't watch the Superbowl either and I would quicker run-off with my tent in some forest at anytime. Since we are on the forest topic I just wanted to say that I wish you make use of the animals you hunt and do not hunt for sport.

      I have a typical white attitute?! LOL Well, what kind of attitute would you like me to have: I lived half my life in Europe and half in Canada ... I could not possibly have a Nigerian attitude to life, could I?

      By no means do I want people to conform to my lifestyle ... geez, most people would not survive three days ... I have a book to recomend here: Nonconformist, by Nelson Algren. I can be many things but a conformist I am not. So I don't care if you prefer living in a tent in a forest or in a condo downtown, I do start caring when I see people sleeping on the sidewalk or when I see people like that old man in the second photo who is quite elderly to be living on the street, I'd say.

      I really do not think anyone can argue the fact that the sidewalk is beyond uncomfortable. By no means would someone say to themselves: "I hate living in a house, I am gonna take a blanket and move on the sidewalk downtown."

      I found (from my short experience on this planet) that there are two kinds of poor people: indeed like you say there are those addicted to drugs and who litteraly live for the next blast. Those people more often than not cannot be helped. Yet, there are those who end-up homeless due to quite unfortunate circumstances. We know as of lately many decent people especially in the United States became homeless and those peole would like to come out of poverty. Those latter people sometimes just need a hand and it is no skin off my back to lend a hand. If I was in their situation I for sure would like some help.

      Nobody should live in the low income housing projects - that's what we should all be fighting for! I am not even going to begin commenting on the reservation lands which the Native people of North America were shoved onto - that's just bloody atrocius!

      Thanks for the comment! Cheers!

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      Yankee Reb 

      10 years ago

      Mr. Happy ... I am not a liberal - do for yourself!

      You need to understand that not everyone puts the same value on certain aspects of life as you do ...

      If they did - everyone would have at least a masters in something so they could be rich!

      Do you even realize that some of those nastier looking homeless people came from really good and comfortable families?

      Just because you don't understand it does not mean they want better.

      Sure - in some cases they want the wages a rich Master degree job pays but they want to sit on a porch drinking Wild Irish Rose fortified wine thinking how unfair it is to be them getting denied THAT wage!

      Look at how many people think watching something as useless as a Super Bowl game ... that to me is a TOTAL waist of time.

      WHY would ANYONE WANT to do that? ... or ANY televised sport for that matter.

      I would rather go out hunting than read some waist of time fiction and would rather be out camping than vacuuming a living room carpet.

      Just because your priorities are different than theirs does not make your any better except for their chance to con you our of your own hard earned money like some atypical mark.

      You have a typical white attitude.

      Just because people are different than you - you want them to be made to conform to your impression of what is right by doing what?

      By creating help for them so they can live in dangerous low income housing projects? or barely usable reservation land?

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      Mr. Happy 

      10 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I am not kidding Mr. Yankee, I will come wherever you want if you can prove to me that being homeless is fun to the point of wanting to be so while making a grand a week by begging at off-ramps.

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      Mr. Happy 

      10 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Well, of course I had to encounter the argument that homeless people like sleeping on the most comfortable Toronto sidewalks. I am not surprised there had to be someone to say that the bicycles which can be rented in Paris for a euro a day and way half a ton (I am not sure how much they weigh but they are awefully heavy) are something to "want".

      Mr. Yankee, I do understand how they live like that. The example of the Amazon Jungle Tribe's style of dress comparable to how I dress doesn't work: the Jungle tribe lives in the Amazon while I live in Toronto. The homeless person in the third photo also lives (on the street) in Toronto thus, you can compare two people living in the same city but not a person living in a city and one living in the jungle of the Amazon.

      If living on the sidewalk was so comfy that you miss it, go back my friend and I will come shoot a photo to show how good you're doing. I am not sure about the shelters you have seen but here the shelters are nasty, people steal your belongings (whatever those may be) and often times they are so packed that you cannot even find an empty bed for the night (hence people sleep on the street).

      Not sure who in your mind is acting like they are "all that". And honestly if you can prove to me that you can make a G a week by sitting at an off-ramp I will come join you, just to prove myself wrong.

      Some people enjoy being heartless ...

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      Yankee Reb 

      10 years ago

      Allow me to comment on the fourth paragraph which says:

      Here’s the truth: poor people need to mobilize! As Bounty Killer said you cannot wait for bread to drop from the sky. The lie about how wealth trickles down from the wealthy to those in the slums is just that, a gross lie!

      You were so spot on when you said "Here’s the truth: poor people need to mobilize!"

      I personally would love to have that bike in photo one and photo 2 seems as though SOCIAL SECURITY should be in play

      and photo 3 - they guy is NOT mobilized - is he?

      Is that the fault of the rich? ... or dereliction of duty to ones own self?

      In layman's terms YOU MAKE THE BED YOU SLEEP IN ...

      In photo 3 ... that is the bed he made.

      Just because you can not understand how they could possibly live like that - it is like comparing your style of dress with an Amazon Jungle Tribe

      It is THEIR choice - how can you sit there and disrespect them for their FREE choice?

      I have been in their shoes - I have slept on sidewalks for years and now at the age of 52 I have been retired for almost seven years (with no government check)

      2 auto's which were purchased brand new and a Classic Cadillac convertible.

      The FACT IS - you earn what you deserve and deserve what you earn.

      Truth is - more days than not - I actually miss that life ...

      All ya' had to worry about was making a few bucks for beverages and to get to a soup line in time.

      everything WAS FREE ... Shelter had free washer and dryer and showers and nice used clothing - what else is there except for accumulating STUFF! and acting like you are ALL THAT!

      There are soooo many people like you that quickly feel sorry and toss out FREE cash be get your own "Feel Good" on!

      A friend of mine had his 2 kids and a hunny of a girlfriend that worked an off ramp a few hours a day as a "DISPLACED FAMILY"

      They knocked down over a $1,000.00 a week and got at least a dozen bags of fast food meals every day!

      Same people pulled off that ramp every day to give them lunches and one working lady put a $50.00 bill in one of the lunches every Friday so they had food for the weekend.

      Now - Please --- Preach the story some more!

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      10 years ago

      I really like what I read, are words of a free person, or that wants to be free, a person that knows how fear and manipulation keep us slaves.

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      Micky Dee 

      10 years ago

      "Being poor is the twenty-first century type of slavery: financial slavery!" Paycheck to paycheck is poverty. and most Americans are poverty stricken. Most people are. Great message!

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      10 years ago from Florida

      The only thing that trickles down is B.S. Unions can help working people and people who want to work but the media and other corporate interests has turned working people against unions. Right now we are still sinking. There has to be a low point that will force people to fight back. We haven't reached it yet. We need to soon.

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      10 years ago from Scotland, UK

      “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself”

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      10 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      Something to think about. I sometimes feel that the middle classes who live from paycheck to paycheck are in a similar situation. Your final thought is probably good for a lot of people.

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      10 years ago from uk

      Powerful hub. I too feel that poverty or misfortune is no excuse for inaction nor for giving up on life. After all, one may not choose the circumstances one is born into, but it's up to individual motivation and struggle to make what we will of our lives. One may not move mountains, but one would have lived trying - and at least, there is hope in that. Thank you for sharing this... I always find your writing very inspiring. :)


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