Why does this not have more publicity. This needs it!
I want a reality tv show where politicians have to live in poverty for a month. They have to live in Government housing, shop with food stamps, and get only a limited amount of money for clothes. Because here, they still have all their trappings, lilke nice cars and thousand dollar suits. I want them in Walmart jeans trying to determine if they can afford a carton of milk.
I’m of two minds about this. It’s great that these Congresspeople know they need to take extra steps to understand the day-to-day economic situations of many of their constituents. On the other hand, one of the most exhausting aspects of living in poverty is when there is no light at the end of the tunnel. These legislators, though they realize how difficult it is to make a week’s worth of food stamps buy enough food, they get to go back to their usual grocery budgets at the end of the week. If they get hungry on Friday, or if they get sick of eating rice and beans for the third day in a row, they have the option of picking up something else. Living in poverty means that next week, next month, isn’t going to be any better. If you get sick of rice and beans and decide to grab a hamburger at McDonald’s, you can, but you won’t be able to buy milk next week. That’s the part that these publicity stunts really don’t capture—that for a lot of people, poverty doesn’t end.
how come when someone decides to eat only fruits and vegetables people commend them for their “willpower” and “diligence” but when i decide to eat a diet composed entirely of mozzarella sticks and vodka suddenly i’m “out of control” and “putting myself in danger”