I am just curious after all the various discussions going on in regards to the poor in the U.S. and the poor in other countries. If you were to tell someone "I am poor" what would that mean? Do you have running water, electricity, are you bundled up or do you have your heat on, are you online at home, if you wanted to eat something could you find SOMETHING to eat (maybe not gourmet food but something to make you no longer hungry), when you go to bed do you HAVE a bed, do your children have toys, do you have a toilet in your home, do you have toilet paper, do you have cable and if you don't do you have a TV and movies to watch? What don't you have that makes you poor? This country's general definition of poor and the REAL definition of poor are NOT the same!
Asked by Anonymous at 4:08 PM on Jan. 14, 2010 in Politics & Current Events
My childhood. I grew up in India on the streets. We squatted in the streets to go to the bathroom. My bed from birth until 15 was a cardboard box. We had to beg for food most of the time and often went to be hungry. I am only 32 but never had a TV, phone, house, running water, electricity or many things poor Americans have until I was in my 20s and found a way to come here for school. I married an American and am now a citizen and have a wonderful job. If I lost that job and my husband lost his and we lived poor in America it would still be nothing like what I experienced in India. Americans have no clue what real poverty is. They should be glad for that.
Answer by Anonymous at 4:29 PM on Jan. 14, 2010
Poor - no place to live, no running water or sewer system. No modern necessities (internet,cell phone TV...)
Answer by Anonymous at 4:16 PM on Jan. 14, 2010
Answer by BaisMom at 4:17 PM on Jan. 14, 2010
Little or no access to the basic needs; food, drink, shelter, clothing.
Poor does NOT mean having internet, a cell phone, a place to live. It doesn't even mean being homeless, but getting money from stranger on the street corner to buy booze and cigarettes. Most people in this country have access to help, if they want it. There are food banks, there are private and religious charities, there is PA, there are shelters for the homeless. The 'poor' here do not live in poverty.
Answer by Anonymous at 4:25 PM on Jan. 14, 2010
Answer by MarGeee at 4:26 PM on Jan. 14, 2010
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Answer by Anonymous at 4:50 PM on Jan. 14, 2010
Answer by gemgem at 4:54 PM on Jan. 14, 2010
Answer by Anonymous at 4:55 PM on Jan. 14, 2010
Poor is living in the streets.
Answer by Anonymous at 4:57 PM on Jan. 14, 2010
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