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Cynicus pointed me to this little short.
Posted: 6:24 p.m. ET
CNN's Drew Griffin in New Orleans, Louisiana
I am stunned by an interview I conducted with New Orleans Detective Lawrence Dupree. He told me they were trying to rescue people with a helicopter and the people were so poor they were afraid it would cost too much to get a ride and they had no money for a "ticket." Dupree was shaken telling us the story. He just couldn't believe these people were afraid they'd be charged for a rescue.
Yep... we're the richest nation on earth. Yet we've got people who were too poor to run from the hurricane and they were worried they were too poor to be rescued. Yep, more people forgotten in George Bush's America.
posted by Stithmeister @ 7:31 PM
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There's this very common assumption about the poor: poor = dumb. i would suggest that it takes less brains to be (born) rich than poor, as the margin for error among the poor is much thinner. (Meet George W. Bush and his five (5) failed businesses.)
Anyway, the poor in America are accustomed to paying 'user fees' on every necessity in America, especially the lifesaving ones. You are invited to ask around amongst the "under-$15,000/year-for-a-family-of-four" crowd for tales about being dunned for YEARS regarding emergency room charges, ambulance fees, etc., all of which came from being unable to carry adequate insurance on a regular basis.
It makes perfect sense for poor people to ask the cost of help, because they have yet to see 'help' that doesn't have a fishook in it somewhere.
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