Depressing Saturday Morning Thoughts

I took the excerpt above (click to enlarge) from this Star-Telegram story today about the lady who hung herself and four children (one survived) in Parker County this week. The story is about poverty, and documented that she made $20,400 a year (which includes $400 a month in food stamps.) Of course, that's no reason to kill your kids. But it would be a stress level that would be unimaginable.

The excerpt shows the guidelines for what is considered "poverty" in America. And over one in 10 qualify in this country under those standards. That's insane. And I wonder if that figure includes illegal aliens?

And I never think about poverty without thinking about George Will's rules for avoiding it: "Graduate from high school, don't have a baby until you are married, don't marry while you are a teenager. Among people who obey those rules, poverty is minimal."