For Some Americans, Poverty Is Better Than Winning The Lottery


If the average American family won a one million dollar state lottery prize, they would receive—after the government confiscated the obligatory taxes— an estimated $25,000 in annual prize money every year for 26 consecutive years. Today, a family with a household income of $23,000 consisting of a father, mother, and two children, live in America at or below the U.S. poverty threshold, and qualify for State and Federal assistance. That assistance can total $25,000-$50,000 per year and unlike the lottery pay-off, entitlements may never end.

I am a benevolent person. Yet I have to take pause to consider the necessity of such obscene amounts of government assistance. Contrary to popular liberal opinions, no one in America dies from lack of access to food. Starvation is not an epidemic problem in the United States. America’s most vulnerable families— specifically those with minor children and elderly dependents—are not writhing in pain from malnourishment. I would go as far to say that more people die annually from energy drink overdoses rather than from starvation in America. Our first Lady, Michelle Obama might even back me up, considering she believes we are all too fat and need to go on a diet.

So how does a nation with 1 in 7 Americans living in relative poverty and 50 million living on food stamps get so fat? How do the working poor in America manage to pay for luxury cars, SUVs, ornate dental work and vacation cruises while so many American middle class families earning above 200% of government poverty thresholds are cutting back on necessary expenditures like food and doctor’s visits?
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