20 things the poor really do every day

I’d change 14. Live with chronic *illness* because they a) have to bear the worst of our environmental issues and b) can’t get access to healthcare and this leads to chronic illnesses (e.g chronic pain).

This is from the US but I bet similar issues apply there. Poor folks can’t employ a domestic worker, certainly don’t have a dishwasher and may not have access to a washing machine – think how much more time that takes out of a day. I just moved from a country where in neighbourhoods where laundromats were not common (or not affordable) many people wash clothes in bathtubs (except in townships where several houses share 1 tap), to one where bathtubs only exist in rich houses, everywhere else there are cold water taps and washing stones (and some have washing machines). We’re not imagining what it’s like to share one tap with 7 or 9 communal houses because such situations apply to South Africa but again, it’s time consuming and the same people would travel the longest to go to study or work. This is not in any way coincidental, there was evictions and such, urban planning and the continued reinforcement of such circumstances along with the maintainance of economic disparities, debt creation, etc.

Anyhow some of the discussion I’ve read in links on the original post remind me of Occam’s Big Paisley Tie.

Ben Irwin


Dave Ramsey probably wasn’t expecting this much pushback when he shared a piece by Tim Corley contrasting the habits of the rich with those of the poor. In her response on CNN, Rachel Held Evans noted that Ramsey and Corley mistake correlation for causality when they suggest (without actually proving) that these habits are the cause of a person’s financial situation. (Did it never occur to them that it might be the other way around?)

Ramsey fired back, calling the pushback “immature and ignorant.” This from a guy who just made 20 sweeping assertions about 47 million poor people in the US — all based on a survey of 361 individuals.

That’s right. To come up with his 20 habits, Corley talked to just 233 wealthy people and 128 poor people. Ramsey can talk all he wants about Corley’s research passing the “common-sense smell test,” but it doesn’t pass the…

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