When I read the headline, my first thought was, “Labeling someone as 'poor' is very subjective and depends upon your perspective.” However you define “poor” I still think this is an excellent, thought-provoking piece. I raised my son--as a hard-working single mom — with the mindset that “rich and poor are mindsets, and 'rich' doesn’t necessarily equate to having money and material possessions.” This article resonates with my long-held irritation with those holier-than-thou people who say “anyone can be a success if they work hard enough,” which in my opinion is B.S. I’ve also always despised the old “bootstraps" phrase and once said, “ Some people don’t even HAVE bootstraps to pull up!” Meaning they don’t have the tools (or a toolbox, or a silver spoon in their mouth), per se, to achieve financial stability, material riches, etc. In America, we can work our asses off, literally breaking our backs, and still never ride much higher the poverty level … all thanks to our ”wonderful” capitalistic society. Good article!! Maybe--hopefully — it will wake some people up and they’ll grow some compassion for the less well-off among us.

Experienced professional writer/freelancer and former newspaper reporter-turned-online writer/blogger. Thinker. “Old soul”, young hippie, empath.

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