On 8 Mar 2014
CAs affordable rentals crisis,
New Renter said:
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I'll be taking the master.
Hardee had har again
It's unfortunately a statistical distribution. There are always "poor" and always will by "poor." Solve that one and you get on the cover of Time.
You are correct but only in defining "relatively poor". What's far worse is historically poor, as in the same standard of living experienced by bronze age peasants:
Food is what you can scavenge. That includes such delicacies as worm stew and rat/catabob. For veg some dandilion and nettle salad if it hasn't been sprayed with herbicide that day.
Shelter is in a cob house with no running water, electricity and just a fire for heat, cooking and some light. The smoke helps keep the parasites at bay.
Clothing is wear what you kill or can fleece.
Healthcare is limited to prayer and whatever herbs can be growen or scavanged. For emergencies a trip to the barber is the best you can get.
Security. "One to speak of there is the constant threat of physical violence. Workplace safety is limited to curling into a fetal position as your overseer beats you.
Transportation. Walk everywhere. In mud.
By historical standards many of todays american poor are doing OK.
That said it still sucks to be poor.