Originally Posted by howlnmad
I have most of the things listed (no A/C, no TiVo and no big screen TV). Do I consider myself poor... no. Back before '08 we were living well with two incomes. The recession hit and my wife lost her job and my pay was cut to damn near half. We struggle at times to make ends meet, winter is the worse. Would I be sad if we lost her car or the 4 wheeler or the boat (boats paid for) or the cable... probably. Would it send me over the edge... no. I've always been a worker and provider and don't plan to stop now. If the census bureau calls me poor then maybe the wrong folks are making that decission.
The quintessential answer for anyone worth their salt.
Spot on howlnmad! Poor according to whom? When ya get beat down, the good man stands up and provides. It's called PRIDE. It's called HUMILITY. It's called PERSONAL ACCOUNTABILITY. It's also known as INTEGRITY.
Ya got it or ya don't. I don't need anyone elses poll to determine my self worth.