When I wrote a simple expression of feeling, I saw what people really thought of people like me. And a lot of it was misinformed bullshit. Poor is a matter of money, not intelligence.
A lot of people haven’t ever thought about how the math works. I watched a sitting member of Congress (on the Budget Committee, no less!) confuse SNAP and cash welfare. He thought they worked the same. Some people have no idea how life in the service economy works, because nobody’s ever explained it to them.
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