Poverty is an issue that I again, hold near and dear to my heart. Faranda wrote about, and it’s a well known fact, that 50% of this country is teetering on the brink of poverty. This was my family. Don’t get me wrong, I had a comfortable life and I never knew any of this was going on…until I grew up and could look back on it subjectively. My parents did a great job with the cards they were dealt and I had a wonderful childhood. I think back to some of how my life was…and then multiply by 10. The fact that the current administration wants to cut government spending without getting proximate makes me cringe. He lives in golden palace and the closest he has come to poverty is driving through the ‘wrong section of NYC’…or should I say, being driven through the wrong section. It honestly makes me sick. Dr. Gower said something in a previous class that really has stuck with me. I believe it was that 25% of veterans who have returned from war are on food stamps. Now, I thought no one does military better. I thought our veterans were going to benefit bigly? THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU DON’T BECOME PROXIMATE TO AN ISSUE. Many of the uneducated, ill-informed voters are the ones who will ultimately suffer under the decisions being handed down from his ivory tower. ANYWAY, I DIGRESS. The book, Just Mercy, reminded me of To Make a Murderer. Remember? The Netflix documentary that everyone thought was to try and vindicate a convicted murderer in Wisconsin. I didn’t realize it at the time, but this documentary was totally to enlighten the country on the injustices of the legal system in this country. It is so incredible easy to convict a person who doesn’t have the means to defend themselves…(money). I think this got lost in translation. It did help get the one young man out of jail though. I just read a heartbreaking article about a man who spent 17 years in jail because he LOOKS LIKE THE GUY WHO DID IT. I mean, granted they are doppelgangers but there’s no DNA or evidence besides they look alike. There literally was more evidence to convict OJ. Back in the early readings for class, there was a diagram that showed how 1% of the world controls 50% of the world’s money. That is disgusting. I also saw Mark Zuckerburg say to Harvard at commencement, ‘it is up to people like me, to balance out the injustices of poverty.’ One last thing I wanted to touch on was the idea of EBT card, food stamps, and other kind of government benefit stealing. Are there people who sell their benefits? I’m sure there are. Everyone has seen that one video where the mom is bragging about living for free, sitting in a Burger King, and being a baller. Just like in the John Stewart article about Fox News, she is now the poster child for all people who are on government benefits. Right, her life seems awesome. How dare she take my tax dollars and do this without working. Also, why does everyone think that poor people are on drugs and going to sell them for drugs? Why should we spend more tax dollars to drug test them. A few states tried this and it didn’t do anything but waste money. Somewhere along the line people wish their government be run more like a business and forget about the one thing it’s meant to stand for, the people. Dangerous combination.