Picturing Hunger in America

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Picturing Hunger in America
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Sat, 02-22-2014 - 9:08am

Warning: these images may shatter your firmly-formed stereotypical ideas about those who struggle in America.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/breaking-stereotypes-women-use-cameras-aim-at-hunger/

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Sun, 02-23-2014 - 7:15am

jamblessedthree wrote:
<p> Now let's move on and talk about solutions.</p>

Here's an idea; you talk about what YOU want to talk about and the rest of us will talk about what WE want to talk about.  Because I don't remember when you got appointed Board Mommy

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Sun, 02-23-2014 - 7:17am

rollmops2009 wrote:
<p>"<span>I know, and your "reality" is a contrast of mine. News flash, there's nothing wrong with either."</span></p><p><strong><span>I get that you think that breast cancer should be treated as some sort of pink love fest and that you prefer not to think about the reality of it. As you say, your choice and perfectly fine. But if all takes are fine, then you should not get all upset when others have a different take than yours. You should also try to understand that it is rather offensive to tell someone that their life and reality are depressing and dragging you down.</span></strong></p><p><strong><span>As for poverty, you say on the one hand that it is a "culture" and an "excuse." Then on the other hand you tell the story of the lady with student debt  and call for solutions. The lady with student debt is not poor because of some sort of "culture" nor is she "excusing" anything. So, what do you propose as a solution to the situation that she and many others like her are in?</span></strong></p>

Plus, it's obvious that the woman with $90K in student loan debt is there because she CHOSE to borrow money that she had no reasonable expectation of being able to repay.  Nobody with an ounce of sense would look at a career in education and think, "Oooh, now THERE'S a career path where paying back $90K is a reasonable expectation."

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Sun, 02-23-2014 - 7:33am

"Plus, it's obvious that the woman with $90K in student loan debt is there because she CHOSE to borrow money that she had no reasonable expectation of being able to repay.  Nobody with an ounce of sense would look at a career in education and think, "Oooh, now THERE'S a career path where paying back $90K is a reasonable expectation.""

Well, sure, but the important point is that she has a college degree and her husband is employed. That means they are middle class, and therefore not part of the "poverty culture." So, this makes them worthy of help and sympathy. It is one way of looking at it, even if it is not my POV, and I would genuinely like to know what Jams sees as possible solutions for the "worthy" poor.

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Sun, 02-23-2014 - 7:47am

Says a typesetter without that college education.  But I get your point, 90,000 is a lot of debt.  Poverty can be/and is a result of financial choices you make too. 

 


 


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Sun, 02-23-2014 - 7:48am

jamblessedthree wrote:
<p>I know someone that has 90,000.00+ in student loan debt.  She just graduated with a masters in education and can't find a job.  Her husband makes a modest working wage and they have two kids.  You bet, they should be on assistance and they are getting it.  These are images of poverty in America too, Now let's move on and talk about solutions.</p>
. 90K in student debt to get an MA in education?  No wonder she can't find a job.  She doesn't sound too bright.

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Sun, 02-23-2014 - 7:49am
"Says a typesetter without that college education. But I get your point, 90,000 is a lot of debt. Poverty can be/and is a result of financial choices you make too." --------- Aww, that was a klassy move. But to go back on topic, what do you think might be some solutions for people like the student debt lady?
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Sun, 02-23-2014 - 7:54am

jamblessedthree wrote:
<p>Says a typesetter without that college education.  But I get your point, 90,000 is a lot of debt.  Poverty can be/and is a result of financial choices you make too. </p>
.  Would she be better off as a typesetter with an MA and 90K in student debt?  I am all in favor of people getting as much education as they can or want to get - but not at that cost.

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Sun, 02-23-2014 - 8:01am
". Would she be better off as a typesetter with an MA and 90K in student debt? I am all in favor of people getting as much education as they can or want to get - but not at that cost." ------------- Not to mention the fact that Grapthar has the equivalent to a college degree, due to the training she received while serving her country.
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Sun, 02-23-2014 - 8:03am

Her entire college experiences total about 90.  She's not rich like you nor is she charging it up on credit cards (maybe some of it is there, I don't know).  But at least she has direction, She's not going to school just because and I think she's an inspiration for her kids. 

 

 


 


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Sun, 02-23-2014 - 8:04am

"Her entire college experiences total about 90.  She's not rich like you nor is she charging it up on credit cards (maybe some of it is there, I don't know).  But at least she has direction, She's not going to school just to fill time and I think she's an inspiration for her kids."

Jams, do you still not comprehend that it is possible to pay off credit cards as soon as you get the bill? When used that way, they function essentially as a debit card, a convenient method for paying bills.

I think it is great that your friend is getting an education. You called for solutions. Do you have any thoughts on that?

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