That's the typical reaction from progressives: anyone who posts numbers seem to defy math gets asked to post evidence otherwise they get accused of being rich and playing tricks with their money like Mitt Romney. No, I'm not privileged; and I absolutely refuse under any circumstances to prove even one bit that I am indeed not. But you're apparently so privileged and pampered that you think that spending $1000/month amounts to poverty, and worse, you had THE NERVE to ask me to post my expenses and income to prove it! I don't have to prove anything you insolent little shit! I AM RIGHT ENTIRELY BECAUSE I SAY I AM!
Well gee thar buddy, if that's the way you want to play it, go right ahead. ;p
But you know like Mitt Romney, you could've cleared this one up really quickly, especially since you don't have such a good track record with how you've been dodging things I've been saying. Like how the Tax Calculator was supposedly off on payroll taxes...but no, please proceed.
Everybody gets a free high school education, and if you have even a minimal aptitude, you can attend college. In addition, the Internet provides a vast library and a huge number of online courses. How is anybody denied the ability to get a good education?
Just because everyone gets to go to school does not mean everyone learns there. Both the quality of the school AND the quality of the home life of millions of Americans living at or near the poverty line can create calamitous conditions which make it very difficult for children to stay involved and want to learn. Poverty is often a generational trap with one generation after another spreading dysfunctional behavior that without intervention of some kind will just continue on and on.
Almost anybody with low income has SNAP and a variety of additional state programs available to them.
SNAP is not always available to single individuals and the benefit is rarely enough to feed a family. The minimum benefit is around $200 a month, and not everyone has been personally taught or equipped with how to make that money last the most. Here's another example of the same principle at work with college.
When you grow up in those circumstances no one often tells you at all or makes all of the information available in the manner you might need to make sure you can even do things like get aid paperwork in on time. These situations breed people who are uniquely unaware of how to obtain the proper help even when it's available to them.
No, it is you who has failed to show that there is a problem at all; I don't care if six out of seven billion people on this earth were about to simultaneously commit suicide because they hated their existence. If I don't believe in it, it doesn't exist! What? You expected me to agree with your namby pamby feelings, and your "world peace" and your tree hugging and your goddamn Tax Calculator that is wrong because it makes my arguments inconvenient?! What kind of moron are you?
And even if that problem were to exist in some alternate reality based on empirical fact, you still haven't convinced me that this "problem" you postulate exists can be fixed by throwing more money and government regulation at it. We have been doing that for decades, and the problems have (according to progressives themselves) been getting worse. More and more Americans are dependent on the Federal Government.
Which is of course Asinine because you're treating all regulation and all expenses as equal when they are inherently not. Simple Econ 101 tells us that different investments have different money multiplier effects on the economy. You generate more wealth when you invest smartly, and in many cases the biggest investments are poverty programs like Food Stamps ($1.83 generated for every $1 spent) and Unemployment Insurance.
People aren't lazy, they are rational.
Sadly, Science disagrees about the rational part. ;p
They look at their available options and see two things: first, they are pretty much provided for no matter what choices they make
I'm just taking this space to laugh at you again. Because I was trying to show you the numbers and you just went and said all my numbers were wrong, because you said so. So much for Mr. Superior Rational Mind. ;p
(so they don't worry about the choices), and second, that if they actually invest a lot of effort in trying to improve their lot, they end up not much better than if they hadn't bothered.
Do you remember the Social Mobility stuff I pointed you to? This is largely the case today for EVERYONE regardless.
The way to fix that is to reduce government services and government mandates, because only through forcing people to take responsibility for their own lives (and live with the consequences) will they do so.
Which is like saying that the answer to Rape/Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence is to get government out of peoples domestic lives...despite the numbers going against that belief in just about every instance. Humans aren't machines and trauma causes the rational mind to break down or at the very least malfunction in some pretty horrendous ways.
Learned helplessness is exactly the right way to describe it. And you want to increase that learned helplessness by providing even more crutches to people. After all, when Marines lose both their legs to an IUD we don't give them crutches! No, we treat them like the Mensch they are and we bus them home to Beg for change on the streets to pay for their own crutches! Because real men, EARN what they have; even if it means spending a lifetime collecting change with a soggy cardboard sign living in your own filth!
Couldn't have said it better myself! ;p
And it is also evident why you want to do that: you yourself are suffering from "learned helplessness": you lack even minimal financial skills yourself, as your ludicrous financial analyses show.
And you can't even tell me what I got wrong or why. I posted numbers, you said they were wrong, and refused to elaborate. Do you care to correct this or shall we just end the discussion now? I think it's pretty obvious to anyone else where you stand. ;D