Here's a look at what it's like to be poor in America, as told by Reddit users

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  • Million Bluffdale, UT
    Aug. 4, 2014 8:00 a.m.

    Raising my four children in so-called poverty made them better citizens and they ended up all going to college and becoming very successful. I believe having lived in a small home brought us closer together and camping and fishing vacations were better for our family bonds than eating at McDonalds and wearing Nikes and having cable TV.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Aug. 3, 2014 3:41 p.m.

    We don't help the poor by giving them entitlements! It only creates dependency and multigenerational welfare recipients! People have to lift themselves out of poverty. We have given the poor in this country some $50-$75 trillion in the last 50 years and the "poverty" rate has not changed even one percentage! Poverty is solved by providing poor people opportunity; jobs, education and hope with which they lift THEMSELVES out of poverty. As a missionary to a very, very poor country, I helped administer the church's perpetual education fund and witnessed with my own eyes how that simple, but tremendously effective program has done more to provide people a way out of poverty than all the entitlement social programs in the world! Been there, done that!

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Aug. 3, 2014 9:15 a.m.

    Making 10 cents more than the guidelines to qualify for any help.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Aug. 3, 2014 5:33 a.m.

    There is no shame in being poor without money or a job. I was 1 of 7 children and I don't ever remember poor being used in the community or government or social circles or the school systems.

    There is no shame or stigma with being poor and you don't go hungry and you don't go without. We did not have any class types of distinctions until government decided to create them to please those who didn't have friends.

    We were a family that did not have, a car, a TV, or radio or phone, or health insurance but we were not poor. We were rich in what matters, family, friends, schools, food, and independence and the choice to become better people without government telling us what our social status should be. The only thing we knew or understood is that if we wanted a better way of life we had to work and earn and save our pennies to acquire them. Working for $.90 cents and hour was fair pay. Eduction was IQ based to propel the achievers into statesmen and leaders or become wealthy.

    Equality was not a law, it was somehting you achieved by individuals abilities.