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On Capitol Hill, a brief simulation of
what poor Americans go through each day

Washington Post, by Robert Samuels

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Posted By:Scottyboy, 7/15/2014 9:49:46 PM

U.S. Rep. Daniel Kildee (D-Mich.) had just finished voting on highway construction funding before he was rushed to a meeting room and thrust into the anxiety-ridden world of Ann and Albert.(snip)The role play was a part of an hour-long exercise to help those working on Capitol Hill understand the day-to-day life of low-income families. About 60 staffers and interns, in pinstripe suits and pencil skirts, were pretending to be poor. Surrounding them were meeting tables that represented pit stops: The homeless shelter. The bank. The pawn shop. The grocery store. Working in family units, each group had to figure out how

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This has to be the dumbest thing I´ve read today.
We already know democrats are experts on the poor because they keep making more and more of them.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: trapper, 7/15/2014 11:07:20 PM     (No. 9926509)

Perhaps they could pretend that mommy is a crack whore; you don´t know who your daddy is; none of your eight half-brothers and half-sisters knows who their daddy is; you can´t read because you never did anything in school; you can´t do basic arithmetic because no one ever forced you to learn it; none of your aunties or gramma were ever married or ever worked; your dream is to be a rich rap artist; you have two free Obama phones; you collect disability under two names; have SNAP cards under four different names; and live in a free apartment in the project.

Or perhaps they could pretend that since the plant closed you´ve been working mornings at the 7 eleven, two afternoons a week at the gas station, and drive a cab Saturday nights; you sold the boat and the second car just in time because now everyone is trying to sell theirs and no one is buying; the bank took the house when unemployment ran out and you live in a little apartment now, the only thing you can afford; you have meat twice a week because the baby needs milk; and you´d rather eat worms than ask for anything from anybody for free.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: StephaniePlum, 7/15/2014 11:19:40 PM     (No. 9926520)

The most ridiculous part of this totally ridiculous exercise .... it´s acknowledging the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty ! Fifty years and the situation is not any better, if anything, it´s worse Do these people not see the irony of their foolishness? Obviously not ... but they are showing that they care !

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Scout Finch, 7/16/2014 12:31:17 AM     (No. 9926591)

Yeah, well, Kildee had the nerve to say that the Feds WEREN´T sending immigrant youths to Vassar MI. The local press had to remind him that it was settled and happening. Another lier.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: beancounter, 7/16/2014 3:12:42 AM     (No. 9926672)

A computer programmer and a receptionist and all they have in savings is $200?

Some of us (the ants) save much more than that every month when we´re both working so that we´ll have tens of thousands of dollars in savings in case of emergency.

Others (the grasshoppers) spend all their money on toys and vacations. Then when they lose a job or the car breaks down they only have $200 in savings.

Then the people on Capitol Hill tell us we have to take some of the savings from the ants to help out the grasshoppers.

How about they have a simulation where you´re falling from a cliff? Don´t you dare question why you would decide to jump off a cliff. That would be insensitive.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: grace1798, 7/16/2014 6:51:50 AM     (No. 9926793)

I will be 66 this year and in all those years, every single time I´ve see the Democrats in power....I have seen and experienced more poverty among the poor. It´s amazing that all these years later, no one gets it.......it seems the poor are like Mr. Bill....."hurt us again, I love it...impoverish us....we love it, keep us poor and we´ll keep you in office..we love to suffer." That´s all I can come up with since they keep putting the very people in power who continually, throughout the centuries impoverish them over and over again. I have seen it and still scratching my head in wonder.

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