Sunday, September 11, 2005

Why the Poor are Poor

You often apologists from the Left present other reasons why the poor, despite quality public school educations and lots of government help, are still poor. There are, of course, the traditional explanations for why the poor stay poor: bad judgment, bad planning, bad choices, etc.

The Red Cross and FEMA only began handing out their ATM debit cards late this week and, already, the recipients are using them poorly:
"We've seen three of the cards," said a senior employee of the Louis Vuitton store at the Lenox Square Mall in affluent Buckhead, who asked not to be named. "Two I'm certain have purchased; one actually asked if she could use it in the store. This has been since Saturday."

The distinctive white cards were distributed by the Red Cross and the Federal Emergency Management Agency and carry a value of up to $2,000....

The source told me that the two women who had made purchases with the card each bought a signature monogrammed Louis Vuitton handbag in the $800 range.
Obviously, this is less than a handful in one mall in one city from thousands of recipients across the South. It's not a trend and they don't "all" do this. But as a salient data point, it illustrates the lesson.

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