Monday, May 11, 2015

The Right-Wing Rules of Poverty

                                 for David Brooks


These are the right-wing rules of poverty:
   The social contract is in disrepair.
The poor eschew upward mobility;
   They’re not kept down—they simply like it there.
There’s always crime when kids learn every day
   To hate the drug but love the shooting gallery.
A healthy neighborhood is a ballet
   But God forbid the dancers want a salary.
When losers learn to scratch where they can itch,
   The world is run the best way that it could be—
The dirty poor won’t blame the filthy rich;
   They’ll blame themselves—which is the way it should be.
      God pays hard cash for moral discipline.
      The poor are poor because they’d rather sin.


Copyright 2015 Matthew J Wells

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