Poor was the wrong word to use, I guess. Politically inert with no real hope of that ever changing, and being confined to a life mostly lived according to somebody else's preferences, is what I meant, I guess.
I thought things were going to change and I wouldn't 'to have to feel terrible about how hopeless I am at doing anything worthwhile. But it didn't happen. So I do what poor trash ( even poor trash with money ) does - I watch tv, post on message boards, and eat highly processed and carefully designed junk food.