Thursday, February 21, 2008

Povertarians Witholding Pay from Poor who Participated in Poverty Olympics

Povertarians who organized the Poverty Olympics are being criticized by poor people who feel ripped off. Poor people are claiming that they were led to believe that they would be paid an honorarium of $20 if they "volunteered" at the Poverty Olympics. Now Olympic organizers at the Carnegie Center Community Association [CAPP] won't pay up.

The excuse provided for not paying people, according to one poor person, is that too many "volunteers" showed up and the money is not available. Twenty dollars was no doubt attractive to people living, as CAPP's Jean Swanson claimed in her speech at the Poverty Olympics, at starvation welfare rates, people forced to do all kinds of demeaning things to get the money to survive.

Something to remember when you turn on your tv or open an newspaper and see an anti-poverty event: paying people cash honorariums or volunteer tickets/food vouchers is a regular method used by povertarians to entice the poor to participate in political events.

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