The cushy lives of the poor

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The cushy lives of the poor

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Cracked published a funny/heartbreaking/rage-inducing story today, playing off Jason Chaffetz's claim that poor people can't afford healthcare because they squander their money on iPhones, and the now-infamous Fox News report pointing out that most "poor" households ("poor" in scare quotes) nonetheless own such luxuries as refrigerators and microwaves. ... our-taxes/
I Investigated Fox News' Poverty Claims (On My Mom)

Last week, after Representative Jason Chaffetz got into hot water for saying that poor people need to choose health care instead of iPhones, Dan Hopper posted the following four screenshots on Twitter, saying, "Forget iPhones, this is the level of animosity Fox News has towards poor people": [screenshots showing how the majority of "poor" households nonetheless have a refrigerator and so forth]

That comes from a 2011 episode of The O'Reilly Factor, in which they start out making the point that the living conditions of the poor in the U.S. has gotten better in the last however many years ... But it quickly devolves into "Can you believe these fucking people? Calling themselves 'poor' like that, when they own these things?"

I was outraged. I couldn't believe that I lived in a country where the impoverished could shamelessly flaunt those luxuries right in my face while I heroically sacrificed my tax dollars to support their laziness. I had to see this for myself, so I got in my car and drove an hour to my mother's house to see if Fox News' claims were real. [Spoiler alert: they were.]
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