For now, out of the blue, the image of a cute little boy in a pale blue pinstriped sundress gazes over the workaday world of the everyday. Pan out to reveal the same little boy collecting used dirty cans to gather enough money to survive.
There are still poor people in America.
So does that mean that 90-plus percent of poor people in America are hardworking people who earn too much to qualify for public assistance? No. There are welfare frauds of all races and cultures.
However, the rich that make up the 1 percent of the country don’t have jobs either. They have financial gain based on generational wealth and whatever they can squeeze out of the corporate welfare state.
They are the ones who have enough money to go crazy, not poor people. The poorest of the wealthy still have lives poor people can scarcely imagine. Treatment for going crazy is far from the only benefit, but a benefit nonetheless.
Now only poor people can afford to conserve.
The 1 percent want to make sure that they own the natural resources, but it doesn’t work like that. There is no one person that can own everything.
This marks a shift away from the past. In the early 20th century, Americans themselves saw tremendous benefits in protecting natural resources, not only because the profits they collected from refining and manufacturing resources were large, but also because protecting resources gave a boost to the national economy.
Conservation was a logical economic policy for the United States in the first half of the 20th century because many factors led to a boom in oil.