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If you are “poor”, what are you entitled to?

Christopher Harris

When I was a child (there’s a hint), of around 13 years old, Jordache Jeans were one of the hottest brands going!!


I am grateful to my parents, because looking back, I never lacked for anything growing up. I never had a day when I lacked any of the necessities of FOOD, SHELTER, or CLOTHING. I didn’t only have one pair of pants, or one pair of shoes. I had multiple pairs of pants and several pairs of shoes. I didn’t have to share clothes with siblings or anything like that, and I always had my own room.

But when I was 13, I really, really wanted to be like the “cool kids”, and wear Jordache Jeans. So I begged (LITERALLY) my Dad to buy me some. And when he looked at me like I was crazy, because they must have cost something like $35 back then in the mid-1980’s, I then begged my Mom to help me work on Dad. After nearly an entire summer of begging, when it came time for “Back-to-School”, my Dad relented and bought me that one pair of Jordache Jeans. Mannnnnnnnn, you couldn’t tell me nuthin’!! I was just as cool as everyone else, because instead of wearing LEE and HUSKY brand jeans, I was finally wearing Jordache Jeans.  Now the funny thing is…when I got older, and had to start buying my own clothes, for some strange reason, wearing Jordache Jeans (or whatever was the hot brand at that time) suddenly wasn’t quite as important to me!! I mean, now that I had to pay for the luxury of wearing someone elses name on my butt, non-name brand jeans weren’t such a bad idea.

I just ran across this article in the Washington Post (I call it the “Washington Poo”), where there author was saying that there was a “Rush to humiliate the poor”. You see, Missouri state Representative Rick Brattin (R), has introduced House Bill 813, which would make it illegal for food-stamp recipients to use their benefits “to purchase cookies, chips, energy drinks, soft drinks, seafood, or steak.”  And in the mind of this Leftist/Regressive/Socialist minded opinion writer, Dana Milbank, that is simply “an innovative new way to humiliate the poor in his state”.

When I read that, it immediately took me back to when I was a child (there’s that hint again). You see, in my childish mind, I thought my Father didn’t care if I was humiliated by having to wear non-name brand jeans to school. I was “poor”, and I felt that if he really cared about me, he wouldn’t hesitate to use his money to buy me what I felt “entitled” to.

Websters 1828 Dictionary defines “poor” as:

POOR, adjective [Latin pauper.]
1. Wholly destitute of property, or not having property sufficient for a comfortable subsistence; needy. It is often synonymous with indigent, and with necessitous, denoting extreme want; it is also applied to persons who are not entirely destitute of property, but are not rich; as a poor man or woman; poor people.

And Websters 1828 Dictionary defines “entitled” as:


ENTI’TLED, pp. Dignified or distinguished by a title; having a claim as, every good man is entitled to respect.

You know, when I read the rest of the Washington Poo article, I couldn’t help but to notice the language that is used. It is full of ignorant, “class-warfare” rhetoric, that is straight out of the handbook of Marxist Dialectic Materialism. Using catch phrases like “punishing the poor”, because new bills are being introduced to keep welfare recipients from using the money the government took from working people and transferred to them, in order to go to liquor stores, casinos, tattoo parlors, and jewelry stores.

WOW!! So THAT is “punishing the poor”, huh? Obviously this writer has never read (or doesn’t understand) Biblical principles regarding dealing with the poor. The Apostle Paul made it clear in 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15(NKJV) that able-bodied men who wouldn’t work, aren’t entitled to eat. God told Moses in Deuteronomy 24:19 (NKJV) and in Leviticus 23:22 (NKJV) that in order to help the poor, farmers should not harvest ALL of their crops, but to leave some for THE POOR TO GO AND PICK FOR THEMSELVES!! But if you are one of the type of Leftist/Regressive/Socialist minded Industrial Grade Morons who routinely write for the Washington Poo, that probably sounds too much like “punishing the poor”.

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  1. Angelite49

    Yeah, I thought we were poor because my mother made all of our clothes — beautiful dresses and play clothes — on which we received many compliments, but they didn’t look like what my friends were wearing, and my mother always said, “I can’t afford to buy you clothes.” We were probably the best-dressed kids in the school, but it was that “I can’t afford it” explanation that made me feel poor.

    I agree with the point of your article, and thank you for posting the Scriptural references. I don’t think seafood and steak should be on the forbidden list — well, lobster, maybe, but not cod or catfish. But junk-food? No.

  2. Lisa

    If you care about helping the children of the poor, then you’d want to give them the best foundation for health possible. That is what this is about. I have stood in lines at the grocery store of women who had their baskets filled with soda-pop,sugary crap cereals full with zero nutrition and candy bars. Imagine my surprise when the pulled out the welfare card to pay for it all. I have thought for a very long time that if we really wanted to help the poor, then we would make sure that the welfare money would only go to nutritious foods such as milk, cheese, meats, vegetables, fruit, and 100% whole grain breads/cereals. At least then the poor would eat a diet that would encourage health, energy and not to mention less medical/dental bills. This guarantees that young developing children will get the nutrition they need because their parents can’t waste it on junk food crap that leads to obesity, diabetes, cavities, and no energy. It’s about time someone did this. I applaud Rick Brattin. He is doing something to improve the lives of children trapped in poverty with either uneducated parents or irresponsible parents who will not discipline themselves to provide a properly nutritious diet for their developing children. Remember, the brain is growing too and if you don’t feed it right, then you trap these children in a cycle of poverty they can never get out of because they don’t have the brain power to do well in school.

    • Tennie


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