“Poverty is a state of mind”…. On poverty porn

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/334998-carson-poverty-a-state-of-mind

Ben Carson thinks poverty is a state of mind. He thinks if you have the right attitude or just try hard enough you will come rright out of it. Ben Carson is a fool.. 

There is kind of a poverty porn Iin vogue nowadays.  It is particularly favored by those who favor the obliteration  of the safety net as an act of good government. People are highlighted and dramatized who they say are examples of someone who has  lifted themselves out of poverty through the power of their attitude and good old fashioned effort. It is supposedly proof that staying in poverty is proof of lack of character.   And by that line of reasoning, with the examples of the heroes  of poverty, is the argument that poor people don’t need help or support.  They need character and a steadfast resolve to improve their life and get out of poverty. 

Poverty porn excuses anything you do to poor people. In fact it does more than excuse it.  It celebrates hurting people as something you do for their own good. 

Congress is filled with people who have an addictive relationship with positive porn.  According to them they are trying to transform the lives of people in poverty by making things so miserable they turn over a new leaf  and get their lives in order. 

The primary question with any policy is not what it explains but what it justifies.  Poverty porn does not explain much about poverty but justifies the most savage agenda in years. 

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