Framing the Dialogue

Posts Tagged ‘rich man poor man’

Update – Rich Man Poor Man

About two years ago I wrote a post about what “poor” really means in America and what amenities many of those below the poverty line have.  I don’t want to delve back into that because you can read the original post at this link.  I was somewhat perplexed by the fact that the poverty line in the United States seems rather static in that we always have a certain percentage of folks below the line and I believe that there is political incentives to always have the poor.  The poor seem to be a handy voting block for whoever will promise them the most entitlements.  I generally stopped there in my deep thoughts, but there is more.

Rich Man Poor Man

Politicians, civic “leaders”, newspersons, and citizens seem to be engaged in some class warfare lately.  This probably has always been true with what may be the most famous example in France.  Did Marie Antoinette really say, “Let them eat cake” when told that the peasants did not have bread?  Did the peasants have their fill when they later said “off with her head?”

The funny thing is that being rich or poor is a relative thing.  Rich in America probably pales in comparison to rich in Dubai while poor in America looks rich to the citizens of Zimbabwe although there are probably a lot of billionaires there.  A billion dollars there, however, will not buy you a loaf of bread.