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When did it become acceptable for Americans to vilify the poor rather than help them?


I see a lot of answers to questions in this section, saying poor people should "make better choices" if they want access to affordable healthcare, and that social programs are for people who are stupid and lazy. When did it become acceptable for Americans to treat the poor as if they're some sort of blight that should be exterminated, rather than human beings that are in need of compassion and assistance? Where does this "I've got mine, and to hell with the rest of you" mentality come from?

 

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    Lisa Vollrath (lisavollrath) 3 months ago

    If you're poor, and live in a state that didn't accept the Medicaid expansion, you don't qualify for coverage under ACA, and your state also doesn't cover you under Medicaid. And don't kid yourself: the poor pay proportionally more taxes.


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    Ken Burgess 3 months ago

    Great Post. "As a result, people have a general feeling that they give enough as it is, and that they give it without any voice in how the money is used, without any say in opposing the corruption" ... exactly,its why the ranks of those fed up grow

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    Lisa Vollrath (lisavollrath) 3 months ago

    I don't think this is about giving to charity. I think this is about the prevailing attitude that the poor are responsible for their plight, so it's OK to call them lazy, and stupid, and blame them for everything that's wrong with our country.


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    Lisa Vollrath (lisavollrath) 3 months ago

    Agreed. In America, right now, there seems to be an attitude that all poor people are lazy leaches on society, not deserving of help or compassion. I just can't get behind that sentiment.

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    Lisa Vollrath (lisavollrath) 3 months ago

    Sorry Grace, but all I see is an answer written by someone who has never spent any time with people who are poor. Your generalizations are incorrect, and offensive, and your views come from a place of privilege.


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    Grace Marguerite Williams (gmwilliams) 3 months ago

    GREAT ANSWER, Brad!


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    Ken Burgess 3 months ago

    I don't think many Americans despise the poor, one would have to be rich to have that outlook, but many Americans DO despise the government that makes their insurance more costly, or taxes them for not having it, while Insurance Companies get more $$

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