“You Can’t Help the Poor by Destroying the Rich.”

A response to Texas Congressman Dan Crenshaw.

Lauren Elizabeth
3 min readJan 31, 2022


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If nothing else, the past two years of this pandemic have been a mask off moment for a dying American empire. The past two years have revealed not just the glaring disparities between the rich and the poor, but just how little our elected officials and the corporate interests they serve care about human lives outside of their ability to do labor and create profit. Thousands of people are dying every single day alone in hospital rooms, drowning in their own fluids because even the most fundamental concept of data and science have been politicized. Every single day, thousands of people are dying because people in a position of power with a vested interest in preserving the status quo decided this deadly virus was nothing more than an inconvenience to their bottom line, and pushed a narrative that it was nothing to take seriously.

Along with the lives lost, the economic damage this pandemic has caused for the middle and lower classes is absolutely staggering, prompting heightened awareness and more conversations about income inequality that are long overdue. Of course, none other than Texas Congressman Dan Crenshaw decided to spark a conversation of his own on Twitter, sharing an old quote from William Boetcker that reads:

“You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.”

You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich…

Throughout the course of the pandemic alone, workers around the world have lost $3.7 trillion in wages. Of course, unsurprisingly women and Gen Z bore the brunt of the loss and American workers overall saw the highest loss in earnings in the world. Not only were hundreds of thousands of lives lost in the United States alone, tens of millions of jobs were lost as well.

Ah, but during this pivotal moment of sickness and economic suffering for the masses, how did the rich do?

During the pandemic alone, the worlds richest people saw $3.9 trillion added to their bottom line.

Meanwhile, we can’t even get our lawmakers to vote to raise the federal minimum wage to a measly $15 an hour.



Lauren Elizabeth

Lauren is a writer & leftist with analysis on topics related to politics & policy. She can be reached at LaurenMartinchek@gmail.com or Twitter @xlauren_mx