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Sometimes the Poor Make It Big. Usually They Stay Poor


Sometimes the Poor Make It Big. Usually They Stay Poor

Jill Richardson

We all want to live in a country where all it takes is hard work and some talent for anyone to succeed. We tell ourselves that we do. We even see examples of people who “came from nothing” and ended up rich and famous.

And it’s true that it sometimes happens. Sometimes a child born into poverty grows up to become the president of the United States, a multi-billionaire, or an Olympic gold medalist.

Most of the time, however, they don’t. And it’s not because they’re bad, lazy, stupid, or immoral. Often it’s because of our system itself.


We are also much less “the land of opportunity” than we were when anyone willing to work could get hired in some factory where the union saw to it that you get good pay, health care, and a pension. Unfortunately these days are now history.


“Most of the time, however,…”

Don’t pussyfoot the case, Ms. Richardson. It’s not “Most of the time” (which can include 50% +1) or “sometimes the Poor Make it Big”.

People might continue their fantasy that the USA is a socially mobile country - it’s not. It’s one of the least socially mobile industrialized countries in the world. Some studies have found it to be the least mobile.

In the USA, the most important factor which determines how much money you’ll earn is how rich your parents were.

No, Ms. Richardson. It’s “The Overwhelmingly Vast Majority of the time the Poor remain Poor, no matter how hard and how smart they work.”


Not only is deck stacked against 'em, so too is the democratic party.

What I propose in this book is something else: that the Democrats are a class party in the most basic sense of the phrase, and that the socioeconomic group whose interests they represent most enthusiastically–the satisfied and prosperous professional class–simply doesn’t care all that much about income inequality.


Here’s one for you: Why do dirt poor people have kids? For instance Loretta Lynn has said that her parents had nine kids, and yet they often had no shoes or even electricity. If they had fewer kids or none at all- wouldn’t that have made a difference? Just an example.


Here’s another thing: A child born into poverty. Is it because of a lack of birth control or access to it? A great many pregnancies across the world are unplanned. Women and men need access to safe birth control.


They are history because those in the ivory tower made it so.


Also the theocrats tell uneducated people to just have more kids , and not to use birth control so that also plays a factor in all of this. Then they receive some benefits from the government. Very very sad. What about counseling to be required before people have kids so that they can make better choices instead of being on auto pilot?