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Why So Glum, America?!

Why So Glum, America?!

Great news! The recession is definitely over--so says our president, George Bush. No more layoffs. No more downward mobility. No more irritating notices from collection agents. So get with it, America! It's over. Let's all get back to work.

Incredibly, however, there are still some people out there who haven't got the message. People who still don't believe that America is back on its feet. People in unemployment lines, for example.

Well for you, we have some good advice from a most appropriate place: Domino's Pizza, the innovative business that first brought together mediocre food and reckless driving. Its multi-millionaire founder, Thomas Monaghan, spoke before a group of business executives in Michigan and shared his personal views on the subject of poverty. Let's listen in, shall we?

"To me one of the most exciting things in the world is being poor. Survival is such an exciting challenge. There was a study done about 20 years ago, I think at Harvard, which said that the average family of four could live on $68 a year.

"Now you're probably wondering how you can live on $68 a year. The first thing you do is go to the Farm Bureau and buy a hundred-pound bag of powdered milk...it tastes just like regular milk when you put a little water in it. [Then] you buy yourself a bushel of oats or wheat or corn, and you mash that stuff up. What you're eating isn't all that tasty--but it's healthy. And you grow some vegetables and you get a few vitamin pills to supplement your diet. And I think that's exciting.

"Oh gosh, I'd love to talk to all these people who say they can't get by."

Well, you can't argue with this kind of genius. Excuse me, does the downtown bus go to the Farm Bureau?

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Sojourners Magazine February-March 1992
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