Friday, September 16, 2011
Poverty Looks Nice To Me
Listening to the nightly news this past Tuesday, I was flabbergasted to see their news segment on poverty after a new report showed that poverty levels increased for the fourth year in a row and there are more people in poverty now than ever before since records tracking it began in 1959. Over forty-six million Americans or 15% of the population now live in poverty. To emphasis their point, they interviewed the Anareese and Angel Hidalgo family from Florida who are now living in 'poverty'.
According to the video report where these screen captures were taken, the Hidalgos lost their job a year ago and now the four of them are living on $189 a week while their house is being foreclosed upon. Here is a family who has a very nice house, nice appliances and designer decorations, all of which are much better than my own and my income is nowhere near the poverty level.
All I can see is a family who spent WELL BEYOND their means to live a lifestyle not supported by their income when they had it and now that they don't, they burnt through their $40,000 savings and their house is being foreclosed upon. Cry me a river. Around here we call that paying the piper.
The questions that should have been asked to the Hidalgo family are: how on earth did they blow through $40,000 in less than a year when they both knew they didn't have a source of income and if they wanted to live the lifestyle they were living which is their right, why didn't they have an appropriate level of money in their savings account to support it when the economy got tough AS IT DOES ON A FAIRLY REGULAR CYCLE? The Hidalgo family are not the face of poverty, they are the face of stupidity.