At a Reddit site on the Internet, a person who self-identified as a right winger asked why there were so many homeless people, poor people, struggling workers in “blue” states and cities. My reply was that there are homeless people, poor people, struggling workers across the USA and since cities have dense populations, by definition, they would have more of everything, including homeless and the rest.
I’m not really satisfied with that answer. I have rephrased it and posted it here. Why are there poor working class citizens in Massachusetts? We pride ourselves as the bluest of the blue, Democrats run our state senate and house and even when we elect a Republican as governor, they are portrayed as “centrist” Republicans who would probably run as a Democrat in a red state.
Why were our state legislators silent on wages until the threat of a state ballot?
In Massachusetts, more than 70 percent of adults living in poverty worked either full-time or part-time jobs. Why?
Why does Massachusetts have one of the highest levels of income inequality in the nation?
I don’t want charity for the working poor. To quote Reinhold Niebuhr : We have previously suggested that philanthropy combines genuine pity with the display of power and that the latter element explains why the powerful are more inclined to be generous than to grant social justice.
Why are there so many wealthy Democrats in this state who seem to ignore the plight of the working poor? Was Upton Sinclair correct when he said “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.”
Back in 1968, Merle Haggard wrote a song a as a tribute to Oklahomans and others who lived in labor camps during the Great Depression.
Mama’s Hungry Eyes
A canvas covered cabin in a crowded labor camp
Stand out in this memory I revived;
Cause my daddy raised a family there, with two hard working hands
And tried to feed my mama’s hungry eyes.
He dreamed of something better, and my mama’s faith was strong
And us kids were just too young to realize
That another class of people put us somewhere just below;
One more reason for my mama’s hungry eyes.
Why Are There Poor Working Class Citizens in Massachusetts when Democrats are in control and have been for generations?