20 Things The Working Poor Do Every Day


On The Glorification Of The Wealthy


Whoever mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker- Proverbs 17:5 NIV

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Every once in a while, the interwebz throws the wretched of the earth a bone, a glimmer of hope, perhaps a random kid becomes a youtube sensation-turned-international sensation. Maybe it’s the rise of a popular reality t.v. star. Yet, the uber-rich always seem to want to share their secrets (seems funny, the only thing they want to share, huh?). TAXES IS STEALING!!!! And every now and then, there’s an article that goes viral like, “20 Things That Make Rich People Morally Superior To Poor People.” The Opulent make sure that celebrity status doesn’t reach divinity, but they do demand (from their regular publicity campaigns) admiration and respect for their values and efforts. Scary part about the making of capitalism sacrosanct is that we find the history of private property rights cannot be neatly severed from the history of enslaving other persons. All of this whitewashing of history hides the experience of the losers in history, and really the REAL SECRET about economics throughout history. Read the rest of this post and its conclusion to find the answer. Without further ado, 20 things the Working Poor Do Everyday.


1. They have to endure myths such as “poverty is the root of all evil.” If the rich do not believe that “money is the root of all evil,” that means the do not believe the Bible. WHAT ARE THE ODDS, YAHOO FINANCE! What this does is inform the working poor that they are the living embodiments of all that is wrong with society.


2. The Working Poor believe that selflessness is a virtue. The Rich believe that selfishness and self-centeredness is. O R L Y?


3. The Working Poor really value meritocracy. The Wealthy practice nepotism and “networking.”


4. The Working Poor see education as an invaluable means of liberation. The Wealthy view education as thing to be purchased and to lord over underlings with, a tool for power.


5. The Working Poor do the things they have to do to survive and spend time with the people they love. The rich are sometimes fortunate enough to do the things they love more than people.


6. The Working Poor earn capital. The Wealthy rule cities and states, steal money from the working poor, and then they get richer.


7. The Working Poor realize that relationships are more important than money. Rich People find restless nights over their acquisitions.


8. The Working Poor read as many books as they possibly can in the limited free time they have. The Wealthy have libraries of books to show how much time they have on their hands.


9. The Working Poor see an inclusive society as ideal; The Wealthy benefit from a hierarchal, stratified world.


10. The Working Poor make the connection between the importance of having a strong social safety net. Wealthy persons look down upon social programs and their dependents.


11. The Working Poor have to walk past fast food chains, living in lives of food insecurity, sometimes even on food stamps. Fast food restaurants, smoking parlors, and liquor stores target the working poor. The Rich mock and demean the poor, and rob the poor of their wages, ahem, McDonald’s.


12. The Working Poor are task oriented and driven, multi-taskers. Rich persons are narrow minded and with singular visions.


13. The Working Poor who are parents do not have time to read fiction books to their children. How many rich families take the time to read books at homeless shelters?


14. The Working Poor cannot often say what’s on their mind. Usually, that’s because the big bosses upstairs have deprived them of their freedom of speech, and first amendment rights because unionization is banned. The Rich love to talk abstractly and universally when it comes to free speech, except for when it comes to the expressions of black people.


15. The Working Poor do not believe in luck. The Rich do because it’s pretty convenient!


16. The Working Poor have very little access to exercise programs because neighborhood gyms avoid locating where they live. The rich have all of opportunity in the world to go to 24 Hour Fitness.


17. The Working Poor know how to use public transportation and build community on buses, trains, and other commutes. The Wealthy disparage such things and ask, “why don’t you get a car?”


18. The Working Poor know that the lottery is a hoax to get the impoverished addicted to gambling. The Rich rely on the Lottery as a voluntary tax on the poor so they can get access to education.


19. The Working Poor want to learn from the past. The Rich have delusional, naive hopes about the future.


20. The Working Poor are logical in their money-decision making. The Wealthy are too emotionally caught up with their money to make reasonable decisions, in the name of “following their passions,” like three summer homes!

Are you rich? Or are you poor and you want to be rich, and you find some of my comments in this post downright offensive? Well good, because this is the kind of frelling crap that Christian idols like Dave Ramsey tells people each day in their books and on their radio programs. It’s this baloney, these lies made against the poor that keep the rich in power. False myths about poverty abound, even about homelessness.

The dirty little secret to all the posts and books about the secrets to being rich is this: THERE ARE NO SECRETS. The rains falls on the just and the unjust.

22 thoughts on “20 Things The Working Poor Do Every Day

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  2. xulon

    A friend of mine, a pro-capitalist, wrote his Masters Thesis on the Bible and money. I suggested that “What do you have that you did not receive? And if you received it, why do you boast as though you did not?” (1Co 4:7) had application. He was less than enthused by the thought.

  3. atalex

    I am of the opinion that a plurality, if not a clear majority, of American self-identified Christians actually worship Mammon but delude themselves into thinking Mammon is Christ. How else is it possible that so many of them have lifestyles that are the exact opposite of what Jesus commanded of his followers?

  4. SkyknightXi

    I had a bit of fun lancing the 20 claims of Corley at Slacktivist. I’ll post a few of them here.

    1. 70% of wealthy eat less than 300 junk food calories per day. 97% of poor people eat more than 300 junk food calories per day. 23% of wealthy gamble. 52% of poor people gamble.

    This isn’t so much a case of low wisdom as not much in the way of pre-existing money to get at the typically more expensive non-junk food. You take what you can get, so long as you at least LIVE. As for the gambling, I’m sure it varies directly with desperately looking for SOME way to get an extra margin of spending money. (On a side note, I wonder if the 23% of wealthy who gamble includes stock speculators?)

    2. 80% of wealthy are focused on accomplishing some single goal. Only 12% of the poor do this.

    I honestly don’t know whether he means the remaining 88% of the poor don’t have any goals they’re focusing on, or are splitting their focus among several goals. I have a hunch it’s the latter (whether Corley knows it or not), with ALL of the goals in question being understood as “absolutely vital to go on living”. If they picked just one, they’d be constantly haunted by whether their asceticism through delaying or abjuring the other goals was actually decreasing their chance of survival.

    4. 63% of wealthy listen to audio books during commute to work vs. 5% for poor people.

    Um…why is this germane? Never mind I wouldn’t even consider it if I was driving–I’d need proper focus on the road (and I’d prefer the physical book if not driving to begin with). Granted that I don’t drive in the first place. When you live as long as I did in Boston, what need is there for a car when there’s the T?

    6. 63% of wealthy parents make their children read 2 or more non-fiction books a month vs. 3% for poor.

    I’m interested in what the subjects of those non-fiction books are. (Anything like my copy of Golden-Crowned Kinglets: Treetop Nesters of the North Woods by Robert Galati?) And depending on who we’re talking about, a fiction book could potentially double as a book on philosophy, just in a very oblique fashion. (I strongly recommend you avoid Ayn Rand and L. Neil Smith, though.)

    More to the point, though, when you’re poor, you’ve got to task yourself with so many more things to do that you can’t just hire others for–cleaning, child-raising (although if you decide to hire others to look after your children for you–and I don’t mean schoolteachers–because you don’t think you have the time, then I wonder why you thought to have children in the first place…), cooking, etc. Good luck reading at the same time, aside from when you need a good tale
    or the like to restore your morale. (And now I wonder if your typical economic archon really understands how devastating a feedback loop low morale can become…)

    The first parenthesis in the last paragraph, just to be clear, is about the usual idea of corporate families hiring caretakers for their children because of all their meetings. One wonders what they fear would happen if they didn’t have children.

    7. 70% of wealthy parents make their children volunteer 10 hours or more a month vs. 3% for poor.

    Again, first the poor need to have the time available for their children TO volunteer in the first place. And I’m worried that the wealthy seem to need to MAKE their children volunteer. What about volunteering that is unalloyed voluntary? Forcing the volunteering will just make the conceit even more onerous-looking in the future. Maybe we should see how often the parents do that volunteering. (Charity balls don’t count.)

    11. 6% of wealthy say what’s on their mind vs. 69% for poor.

    …This is supposed to favor the wealthy? As long as one remembers the matters of tact (with phrasing, at least; it probably helps that I regard coarse language not just as ugly, but horrifically imprecise), this is something the poor are doing MUCH better than the wealthy at. Besides, the likes of Amos, Micah, and Jesus said what was on their minds; I don’t see Corley or Ramsey excoriating them for it. Of course, this criticism won’t work so well if Corley’s an atheist, or at least none of Jew, Christian, or Muslim.

    17. 84% of wealthy believe good habits create opportunity luck vs. 4% for poor.

    …I think Corley forgot the diagonal between “opportunity” and “luck”. Never mind you can’t create any sort of luck to begin with; that’s part of the word’s meaning. Beyond that, I see this stemming less from any innate ineptitude among the poor, and more from stress-born fatalism. The trick is not to browbeat them, but rather to balm them enough that
    they have a way to do things that doesn’t have to be purely reactive.

    One doesn’t have to think of getting a subsidized living as all-or-nothing. Guaranteeing stable-and-safe housing and genuinely hale groceries ought to be plenty substrate. Corley doesn’t seem to have much faith that the poor might have just as much yearning to be honorable as the rich do (and leave out the claims as to whether or not the typical economic archon has that yearning to begin with, yes?).

    18. 76% of wealthy believe bad habits create detrimental luck vs. 9% for poor.

    See previous commentary. And beyond that, I’d love to see the questionnaire, and who it was given out to. Was it phrased so answerers would be thinking only in terms of luck/results, and not good and bad psychic/philosophical training?

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  7. Enoobt

    I have had the great pleasure and opportunity to be involved in a few Not-for-Profit organizations. These organizations have provided a lot of benefit to those who really were in need of the help. These organizations help at-risk young single mothers, orphans and foster children, the elderly and the dying. One thing that I was able to witness was the incredible generosity of individuals who had the God-given means to be able to give large amounts of money that were needed to make these organizations run. I have personally witnessed an individual give millions and others donate hundreds of thousands of dollars to these organizations. I have been blessed to know some truly generous people that God has blessed. The anger being directed at the rich and the generalizations about the rich and the poor in the blog entry above are not entirely accurate. Yes there are rich people who fit the descriptions, and poor people who have been taken advantage of, but there are almost as many examples of humble, generous people who are wealthy and people who are poor because of bad decisions they have made that put them in the state they’re in. The wealthiest man who ever lived was Solomon and God blessed him with that wealth. Same as He did for Abraham, Job, David and others. God is a God of abundance. He can and does use wealthy people for His plans. To make the claims that rich people are bad and poor people are good and kept that way by the rich does nothing to correct the disparity. It comes across as jealousy and encourages only envy and resentment. Those are things that Christ spoke against. He warned that it was easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than it was for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven, but he did not say that it was impossible.

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  9. Joel

    People are always quick to say “don’t take it out of context, it says the LOVE of money is the root of all evil.” This is true. However, they seem to assume that there’s very little danger in actually growing to love money as long as you go to church and tithe, which clearly goes against the broader teaching of the Bible or even just the broader teaching of 1 Timothy. I don’t think wealth is always inherently evil, but it is very dangerous and corrupts people very easily.

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  14. Liadan

    Actually, the Bible doesn’t say that money is the root of all evil. It says *the love of money* is the root of all evil. But there are plenty of other verses that show contempt for the rich.


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