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“I grew up in the suburbs. I used to think that I could write...

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“I grew up in the suburbs. I used to think that I could write a prescription for a poor man: ‘Get a job, save your money, pull yourself up by the bootstraps.’ I don’t believe that anymore. I was ignorant to the experiences of poor people. I’d invite anyone to come and meet the people who live in this neighborhood. Right now we are surrounded by working poor people. These are the people who sell your tools at Sears, and fix your roofs, and take care of your parents, and mow your lawns, and serve your meals. They’re not getting a living wage. There’s no money left to save. There’s nothing left if they get sick. Nothing left if their car breaks down. And God forbid they make a mistake, because there’s nothing left to pay fines or fees. When you’re down here, the system will continue to kick dirt in your face. You can’t pull yourself up when there’s nothing to grab onto. We aren’t paying our brothers and sisters enough to live. We want them to serve us, but we aren’t serving them.”

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Courtney
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A friend who volunteers at a halfway house told me yesterday someone came home just *beaming*, so he asked what happened. The guy was checking out at the supermarket and his EBT card was acting up (this happens, no clue why, EBT debit cards are kind of a pain), and the woman behind him piped up, "oh, sir, I'll buy your groceries!"

"That was the best thing that has *ever* happened to me!" It changed his whole attitude, not just for the day, but like...about people. About how the rules of life work for him.

It was $30.
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codesujal
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This election, summarized with more left-leaning vocab. Right-leaning vocab might be different, describing the same thing.
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samuel
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This whole HoNY series this month has been the first thing I read every day.
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jhamill
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"You can’t pull yourself up when there’s nothing to grab onto."
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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Class and Media

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Hovertext:
Before you write me an email asking 'what about the middle class,' please understand that I want this comic to still be relevant in 50 years.

New comic!
Today's News:
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Courtney
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The most accurate diagram about class I have seen in recent memory
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codesujal
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Read the alt text...
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norb
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The alt text is SAVAGE
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CarlEdman
3 days ago
Not so savage when you look at the actual numbers and realize that the reason the "middle class is disappearing" is not wide-spread pauperisation, but a larger and larger fraction of the population has become "rich."
chaosdiscord
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There is nothing quite so American as seeing at 4% more of the poulation in the lowest income bracket than in 1971, but pretending it's okay because 7% more of the population moved up to upper-middle or upper income brackets. Meanwhile, the alt text remains savage. http://www.seattletimes.com/business/economy/the-incredible-shrinking-middle-class/
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Daaaamn it hurts when he's right.
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au-prompts:

James “Bucky” Barnes and Jon Snow in Standing Rock Rn

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"I have been and still am a seeker but I have ceased to question stars and books; I have begun to..."

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“I have been and still am a seeker, but I have ceased to question stars and books; I have begun to listen to the teaching my blood whispers to me.”

- Hermann Hesse
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