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A comparison of the concerns of the poor and the rich

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After reading this piece, turn the matter around and construct your own list entitled "Being Privileged" in order to show the flip-side of poverty. What do those who are privileged take for granted?

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Both rich and poor people have concerns. This solution is a comparitive list examining the concerns that rich and poor people have.

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Being Poor
Published by John Scalzi at 12:14 am
Being poor is knowing exactly how much everything costs.
Being rich means not having to know how much anything costs.
Being poor is getting angry at your kids for asking for all the crap they see on TV.
Being rich means never knowing what your kids buy because they have their own charge account.
Being poor is having to keep buying $800 cars because they're what you can afford, and then having the cars break down on you, because there's not an $800 car in America that's worth a damn.
Being rich means having to own at least three different current model cars because that is the standard you are expected to conform to. On the bright side if one car has mechanical trouble you have numerous others to choose from.
Being poor is hoping the toothache goes away.
Being rich means being able to cut to the front of the line at the dentist office when you have a toothache.
Being poor is knowing your kid goes to friends' houses but never has friends over to yours.
Being rich means the parties are always held at your house and you are known as the cool parent. On the downside you are rarely at home to monitor the party because you have to be at business dinners or events so you really don't know what's going on in your home.
Being poor is going to the restroom before you get in the school lunch line so your friends will be ahead of you and won't hear you say "I get free lunch" when you get to the cashier.
Being rich means going to a private school where excellent meals are served but where all the kids complain about them anyway in order to show their superiority.
Being poor is living next to the freeway.
Being rich is having a private drive that kind of looks like a freeway.
Being poor is coming back to the car with your children in the back seat, clutching that box of Raisin Bran you just bought and trying to think of a way to make the kids understand that the box has to last.
Being rich means never having to eat cold cereal unless you choose to. Your meals are made fresh each day by the live-in maid. You still complain about the quality of the food though.
Being poor is wondering if your well-off sibling is lying when he says he doesn't mind when you ask for help.
Being rich is having to ward off and ignore the hundreds of "lazy bums" who know you and are constantly asking for hand-outs.
Being poor is off-brand toys.
Being rich is owning more toys than you can ever play with.
Being poor is a heater in only one room of the house.
Being rich means having homes in 4 or 5 locations. When it gets cold in one part of the country you simply move to a warmer location.
Being poor is knowing you can't leave $5 on the coffee table when your friends are around.
Being rich means leaving hundreds of dollars laying around and never missing it if it disappears.
Being poor is hoping your kids don't have a growth spurt.
Being rich is ...

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