Why is it that when politicians start talking about poverty, they stop talking about people? Even the good guys, the progressives who want to end poverty, are prone to this.
When you talk about poverty, you’re talking about people, even if you’re more comfortable hiding behind statistics oversimplified moral proclamations and judgments. You’re talking about me, so let me tell you about me.
I’m 27 years old, and I’m disabled due to severe, chronic mental and physical illness. I’m not stupid or lazy or morally lacking. I would love to get a job. I’d love to finish my undergraduate degree and go to law school. Ever since I was a kid and realized I could get paid to fight with people, I’ve wanted to be a lawyer–but I’m not above working less professional jobs to get there. I’ve worked in a fast food restaurant, a hotel, and a hands-on…
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