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    splashy, mjd in florida

    most drug users are middle class whites. The poor are, like, poor, and illegal drugs are expensive. What are the chances of a person on welfare having the cash to blow on a $200-300 bag of weed?

    "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

    by happy camper on Fri Jun 10, 2011 at 07:55:03 AM PDT

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    •  Any support for that? (0+ / 0-)

      My experience certainly does not bear out your contention that poor people or people on welfare are unlikely to use drugs because they cannot afford them.  Your contention is painfully naive, at best.

      •  The poor are (0+ / 0-)

        less likely to use drugs. Google is your friend--look it up.

        "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

        by happy camper on Fri Jun 10, 2011 at 10:47:40 AM PDT

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      •  Your experience (2+ / 0-)
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        happy camper, keikekaze

        is no support for anything.  Politifact shows a number of 3.8% of public assistance users using drugs.  The number in the general population is much higher than that, ergo most drug users are NOT public assistance recipients.

        Granted there is no distinction in the higher number between middle class whites, luxury yacht owners, lower class and blue collar working people, etc.  But his statement is at least partly based on actual numbers while yours is pulled out of some nether region.

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      happy camper

      The poor just don't have the money to be addicts to alcohol or drugs. They barely manage to be cigarette addicts, if they manage it.

      You gotta have money to be a real addict. The most the poor can  muster up is partying now and then.

      I can remember the first time I was in an upper middle class home. I was astonished at the amount and variety of alcohol they had available, and how much they drank on a regular basis. Growing up poor, all I knew up till then was people only getting to drink now and then. The vast majority of the money was spent on housing, transportation, and food, with much juggling of finances when cars broke down or some other problem happened like a health issue.

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