On being poor in 1911 and 2011

1911: The rich had plenty of food. If you were poor, you were hungry. You almost never had a chance to overeat.
2011: Obesity among the poor is a major problem.

1911: The rich had symphonies and stage plays. If you were poor, you seldom heard music or saw a stage play because of the cost.
2011: The poor have almost endless opportunities for entertainment.

1911: The rich often attended college. The poor seldom had the opportunity to graduate high school.
2011: The poor get free education through high school and grants for college.

1911: The rich were warm in the winter. The poor were cold in winter.
2011: The poor have central heat.

1911: The rich rode. The poor walked.
2011: The poor have access to many forms of transportation and many considered poor own their own automobiles.

The poor have more parity with the rich in the necessities of life today than ever before in history. Nevertheless, leftists argue that income inequality is a growing problem.

You know, that might just be propaganda.

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2 Responses to On being poor in 1911 and 2011

  1. R.D. Walker says:

    Seriously think this through. To here the OWS people tell it, Americans are suffering more now than at any time in history. It is a ridiculous assertion, however. Look around next time you are out. More people have more access to more comfort, entertainment, varied food, health care, education and material goods than at any other time in history.

    If our great-grandparents working 12 hour days in factories and farms could hear graduates of luxury colleges complaining about their student loan debts, they would laugh or cry. Yet these spoiled children act as if they are being forced to carry a burden that no slave or serf has ever had to labor under. It is absurd. By any objective measure, things are very good for more people than any other time.

    I have a very real fear that in the not too distant future we will be looking back on October 2011 as the “good old days.” If there is an economic meltdown, people might just discover what it means to be cold, hungry and struggling to survive. At that point they will realize that the days in 2011 when they sat around Starbucks bitching about life and Tweeting from their iPads wasn’t so bad.

  2. TaterSalad says:

    OWS’ers need to spend the 3-1/2 days in the elements and their attitudes would change: