Here is an “inspirational story” to make everybody happier about homelessness, etc.: A 17-year-old girl has been saved from homelessness, and a celebrity has given her poor family a home, all because the 17-year-old girl is an immensely gifted science prodigy.

After becoming a semifinalist in a prestigious national science competition, a homeless Long Island teen has earned an invitation to the State of the Union address — and a home for her family.

Samantha Garvey, 17, who has spent her childhood moving between shelters and rented homes, is in the running for the $100,000 Intel Science Talent Search prize for her research on mussels. Upon hearing Garvey’s inspirational story, Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) offered her a ticket to the State of the Union. “I want her to be an example of perseverance in the face of adversity.”

See kids, there is hope! You just need to be “gifted” (by Jesus) with abilities that far exceed the average, and then you need to be noticed by some politicians and celebrities looking for an Inspiration Story. Next thing you know, you’re watching Republicans refuse to give applause to the president!

Average and less-than-average poor people — by definition, the vast majority — must remain poor and homeless, however. [TIME]

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