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Over a Million US Families Living on Less than $2 a Day
Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 24 Feb 2012 | John Semmens

Posted on 02/24/2012 9:30:01 PM PST by John Semmens

A US Census Bureau study indicated that an estimated 1.46 million families in the United States are now living on less than $2 per day. This is more than twice as many as the estimated 636,000 families that were living at a like standard in 1996.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius hailed the report as “a tribute to the affirmative steps taken by this Administration to lower the cost of living. Critics have been quick to harp on the negatives of high unemployment, declining wages, and falling home values as if that were the total picture. We’re hoping that this study opens peoples’ eyes to the other side of the equation.”

“Also, let’s not discount the environmental benefits of living on less,” Sebelius urged. “The more people we can get to live like this the less our economy will have to produce. That means fewer smoke-belching factories and less road traffic. A lower need for materials means we can stop raping nature and return more land to a wilderness status. And let’s not forget the gains in leisure time attained by every person that no longer has to work to produce the excessive amount of unnecessary stuff that a so-called affluent society demands.”

That minorities make up a disproportionately large fraction of those living so parsimoniously was held to be encouraging by the Secretary. “These are the fastest growing segments of the population,” she pointed out. “The trend foretells of a future where the majority will live as frugally as only a minority does now.”

if you missed any of this week's other semi-news posts you can find them at...

http://azconservative.org/2012/02/25/gop-approach-to-energy-belittled/


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: craptire; environment; notworthreading; obama; poverty; satire; stupid
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1 posted on 02/24/2012 9:30:03 PM PST by John Semmens
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2 posted on 02/24/2012 9:31:31 PM PST by John Semmens
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To: John Semmens

Bet most are from Mexico.


3 posted on 02/24/2012 9:31:48 PM PST by doc1019 (Romney will never get my vote!)
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To: John Semmens
Well done ;-)

Wish I could live on $2.00 a day. I'd be able to save a lot of money that way.

4 posted on 02/24/2012 9:34:14 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: John Semmens
Well done ;-)

Wish I could live on $2.00 a day. I'd be able to save a lot of money that way.

5 posted on 02/24/2012 9:34:22 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Joe 6-pack

You have to really like Ramen Pride noodles...


6 posted on 02/24/2012 9:35:51 PM PST by libertarian27 (Check my profile page for the FReeper Online Cookbook 2011)
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To: John Semmens

I do not believe this.

They may not EARN more than $2 a day. I would bet they are getting plenty of redistributed earnings of the producers.


7 posted on 02/24/2012 9:36:32 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: John Semmens
I am living on $2 dollars a day. Got a problem with that?

I also have two wives down here in Mexico


8 posted on 02/24/2012 9:37:16 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

L O L !


9 posted on 02/24/2012 9:38:09 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: John Semmens

LOL! Good stuff. Who’d ever thought letting kids run the government would be so much fun! We’re not just saving the planet, we’re saving the whole flippin’ universe!


10 posted on 02/24/2012 9:41:02 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (It's time for the DemocRAT voter base to start paying their "fair share" of taxes.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

NOT GUILTY, GUILTY.


11 posted on 02/24/2012 9:41:48 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: libertarian27
LOL!

I do like Ramen noodles. Not everyday but I do like them.

12 posted on 02/24/2012 9:41:54 PM PST by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: John Semmens

I lived on less than that in college.


13 posted on 02/24/2012 9:47:47 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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To: John Semmens

14 posted on 02/24/2012 9:48:36 PM PST by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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To: Revolting cat!

You can’t keep extra wives up here. There are tax implications after all.


15 posted on 02/24/2012 9:49:16 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: lonestar

Thanks to college, I know about fifty ways to have ramen noodles.

my favorites were stir-fry ramen and eggs with Tabasco (made on a dorm hot plate), and the real kicker: dry ramen with peanut butter... Hmm... Crunchy. :-)


16 posted on 02/24/2012 9:53:51 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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To: John Semmens
0bama trying to drive that point home...

"We consume about 25 percent of the world’s oil. We only have 2 percent of the reserves. Even if we doubled U.S. oil production, we’re still really short." - Barack Hussein 0bama; March 30, 2011

17 posted on 02/24/2012 9:53:53 PM PST by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: Ramius
You should do a Ramen cook book! LOL!

The one with eggs sounds good.

18 posted on 02/24/2012 9:57:51 PM PST by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: John Semmens

I have a 5$ a day budget myself ........ BTTT !.....;o)

Stay safe John !


19 posted on 02/24/2012 10:12:46 PM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: John Semmens

Almost got me that time. It’s getting hard and harder to differentiate between satire and reality.


20 posted on 02/24/2012 10:14:37 PM PST by haroldeveryman
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To: lonestar

The one with eggs really was very good. Make the ramen first, and pour off almost all, but not all, the water. Dump in a hot skillet (or wok) and break two raw eggs into the noodles. Stir vigorously until eggs are cooked (no longer runny) and water has boiled off. Add Tabasco to taste.

dang... You’re right... I should do a ramen cookbook.

There’s this one with hotdogs and ketchup...


21 posted on 02/24/2012 10:16:12 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Yuh lucky bastuhd!

I know envy and covetousness are sins but.....


22 posted on 02/24/2012 10:18:33 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: TigersEye

We only have 2 percent of the reserves.

The 2% is bogus. It doesn’t include massive oil shale reserves, Coal to Oil technology, Alaska and California (self imposed off limits).

Were doing this to ourselves. Its another way of draining this country of its money and transferring it to the 3rd world.


23 posted on 02/24/2012 10:22:20 PM PST by desertfreedom765
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To: Ramius

I made some yesterday after the boss went on strike.

Some green onions, celery, red pepper, peppered and browned before cooking the noodles.

I cooked the noodles, chicken flavor and sprinkled some dill.

when the noodles were about 2/3 cooked I put two eggs in and par boiled. I like yolk to be gooey.

SOHHHHH GOOD!

She came back and asked how I liked eating that “stuff”.

I’m ashamed to say I lied to her and hoped I wouldn’t have to eat that “stuff” for a long time.

She aactually bought it and asked me if I was going to be good boy from now on. Yes I will(and I’m a liar! LOL I put a two burner stove in my office! so I can make some on Monday)


24 posted on 02/24/2012 10:28:02 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: John Semmens

Only 5 more years. No problemo.


25 posted on 02/24/2012 10:28:29 PM PST by Mark (Don't argue with my posts. I typed while under sniper fire..)
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To: John Semmens

Not including welfare benefits


26 posted on 02/24/2012 10:28:44 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: John Semmens

The 2014 GMC Sierra BarackTruck

27 posted on 02/24/2012 10:34:59 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.~Admiral Yamamoto)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Exactly! This is the great con job of poverty statistics. They don’t count non-cash benefits. So, somebody could be getting “free” food stamps, housing, medical care, utility payments, meals for the kiddies at school, and even “free” phone service plus have a samll income and be counted as living in poverty. It’s a ruse designed to make Americans think their fellow citizens are starving in the streets. It’ BS!


28 posted on 02/24/2012 10:41:54 PM PST by Pining_4_TX ( The state is the great fiction by which everybody seeks to live at the expense of everybody else. ~)
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To: Vendome

heh... Nice. I will of course let you know before I steal that for my book.

:-)


29 posted on 02/24/2012 11:00:05 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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To: John Semmens

It can be done if you forsake trends, fads and hype.

Fish, hunt and grow your own.

Use wood for fuel, invest wisely in self sufficient power sources.

And then give the big royal middle finger to society.

Living on less than $2 a day is an achievement not a sign of poverty. But it can apply to both.


30 posted on 02/24/2012 11:11:25 PM PST by Eye of Unk (Liberals need not reply.)
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To: desertfreedom765

Oh, I know. We have more oil and gas in U.S. territory than Bill Gates has pennies.


31 posted on 02/24/2012 11:23:15 PM PST by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: Ramius

I got lots of em


32 posted on 02/24/2012 11:24:51 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This is supposed to be a satire thread and you go yanking us back to reality! LOL


33 posted on 02/24/2012 11:27:23 PM PST by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: TigersEye

I hear it’ll have a small version of the Chevy Volt under the pickup bed as a spare...


34 posted on 02/24/2012 11:30:51 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.~Admiral Yamamoto)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I was wondering if the steering gear was rigged to the bull's reigns.
I think I can do that conversion! ;^)
35 posted on 02/24/2012 11:34:18 PM PST by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: Ramius

I’ve got a tarrogon basil recipe. another that with pest another with pest Roma tomatoes and basil. tons


36 posted on 02/24/2012 11:38:32 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: John Semmens

How much you wanna bet that a significant number are Obama supporters... and Idiots?

But I repeat myself.


37 posted on 02/25/2012 1:50:25 AM PST by Jack Hammer
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To: John Semmens
Thank you for bringing this very important issue to light.

We should not be able to sleep at night knowing that our fellow citizens are quietly living lives of quiet desperation as Thoreau so eloquently stated.

Just the other day I heard a news story about riots that broke out across the country when this squalorly segment of our population was made aware there was a new supply of footwear for them to replace the makeshift "shoes" they'd be wearing which consisted mostly of newspaper and animal hides wrapped around their bloody and blistered stumps held on only by whatever was left of their shirts or pants that served as string.

Or was I reading a book about the conditions George Washington's soldiers endured fighting The Revolutionary War?

Whatever. Same difference.

And then, to add insult to injury, after the riots broke out, the stores decided not to sell the shoes after all! Well, at least not at midnight as first advertised.

And then, to add neener-neeners to insult to injury, they jacked the prices of the shoes up to 200 dollars when just this past Christmas they could've bought similar shoes for only 180 dollars.

This country truly has a lot to be ashamed of. I don't know why people from the rest of the world keep flocking here.

38 posted on 02/25/2012 3:20:36 AM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: John Semmens

Absolutely one of your best, John! Keep up the great work of displaying the deep thoughts of these people in “high office!”


39 posted on 02/25/2012 3:54:43 AM PST by jennings2004 (57 states? Kansas or Texas? American geography is so complicated....:)))
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To: Revolting cat!

Don’t like brunettes, huh?


40 posted on 02/25/2012 3:56:01 AM PST by jennings2004 (57 states? Kansas or Texas? American geography is so complicated....:)))
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To: John Semmens

You can bet the kids are getting at least two tax-payer funded meals a day at school. (Some schools provide an evening meal as well.) And the mothers with babies are buying food with their tax-payer funded WIC cards. And they are living in tax-payer subsidized housing. And they are making money under the table and not reporting it. How else could they afford Obama’s $4/gal. gas, cigarettes, and beer?


41 posted on 02/25/2012 4:07:51 AM PST by txrefugee
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And I’ve been caught by the satire trap this AM! Thanks for getting my blood pressure up. At my age, that’s a plus.


42 posted on 02/25/2012 4:09:33 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: Ramius
my favorites were stir-fry ramen and eggs with Tabasco

Sorry but you and I have never met let alone had dinner together......

43 posted on 02/25/2012 4:09:39 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (The only solution to this primary is a shoot out! Last person standing picks the candidate)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Looks like you and several others missed the source for this “story”.

“Semi-News/Semi-Satire”


44 posted on 02/25/2012 5:14:55 AM PST by BwanaNdege (Man has often lost his way, but modern man has lost his address - Gilbert K. Chesterton)
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To: Lazlo in PA
I also have two wives down here in Mexico

Yeah, but they're not both YOUR wife, LOL.

45 posted on 02/25/2012 5:33:10 AM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it. (plagiarized))
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To: John Semmens

LOL, this one is really rich, it sounds like something I’d say.


46 posted on 02/25/2012 5:35:48 AM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it. (plagiarized))
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To: desertfreedom765; TigersEye
We only have 2 percent of the reserves.

Rush talked about that just yesterday, and disproved the whole notion.

With the shale oil finds, we are close to (if not already) being the nation with the largest oil reserves in the world.

This is just another lie told by liberals and socialists, and repeated by their lap dog media b!#ches.

47 posted on 02/25/2012 5:41:31 AM PST by airborne (Paratroopers! Good to the last drop!)
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To: John Semmens

Once again, this satire is extremely close to the truth.


48 posted on 02/25/2012 5:53:05 AM PST by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: Ramius

LOL!


49 posted on 02/25/2012 5:54:23 AM PST by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: John Semmens
Let's look at that budget:

• Lotto ticket $1
• Cheap Wine 99¢
• Cheap Smokes Stolen
• Gubmint Cellphone Free
• Gubmint Food Free
• Gubmint Housing Free

Damn! Look like I gots a penny leff fa crak and my hoe!!!


50 posted on 02/25/2012 7:10:46 AM PST by bksanders (I'm fixin' to be ruintÂ…)
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