If I had been writing more academically, I probably would have sought out stats and sources and improved it in the ways you suggested. It would certainly benefit me to write the piece with such things added. To be frank, this was written far more out of sheer frustration. Your sentiments towards conservatives are all too familiar to me. I have variously questioned if they possessed by demons so as to be so cruel and inhumane. I was in a place like that when writing.
Every discomfort. misery, humiliation, inconvenience, pain, struggle, and intolerance of poverty is so visceral in my memory that I daily marvel at the little luxuries of middle class surroundings. Air conditioning, not running out of soap, time, cable TV, gas money, medical care when I need it. It is so easy to live large when all you need is a nice apartment, your basic needs, and a treat now and then.
Thanks for all of your thoughtful feedback!