Skip to comments.Census: 1 in 7 Americans live in poverty
Posted on 09/16/2010 8:21:10 AM PDT by SkyPilot
WASHINGTON -- The number of people living in poverty has climbed to 14.3 percent of Americans, with the ranks of working-age poor reaching the highest level since at least 1965.
The Census Bureau says that about 43.6 million people, or 1 in 7, were in poverty last year. That's up from 39.8 million, or 13.2 percent, in 2008.
The number of people lacking health insurance rose from 46.3 million to 50.7 million, due mostly to the loss of employer-provided health insurance during the recession. Congress passed a health overhaul earlier this year to extend coverage to more people.
The statistics released Thursday cover President Barack Obama's first year in office, when unemployment climbed to 10 percent in the months after the financial meltdown.
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The Community Organizer is systematically destroying America, it is true.
However, our definition of who is "poor" is quite different from the definition of "poor" in most of the world. In America, our "poor" usually have cell phones (with camera option), 2 TVs, a car, a refrigerator, plenty of food, a DVD player, and a computer.
I remember reading a blog, and these "poor" people kept blogging in and screaming at everyone else about how "poor" they were. Someone asked them why they had a computer? Did they have cable TV? Did they eat out a lot?
The answer was "yes" to all of those questions.
My Hope is dwindling for the Wagyu steaks we were promised.
Pie — the pie is coming.
Poor with Section 8 housing, Title 20 childcare, food stamps, Obamaphones and WIC for all the milk, cheese and cereal they can eat, along with free breakfasts and lunches for the kiddies.
We have the richest poor people in the world.
No, No, NO! We declared “war” on poverty 45 years ago. There can’t possibly be any poverty now (hundreds of billions of dollars later).....especially with Obamalamadingdong and his flying monkeys at the helm.....
His object is to make everyone dependent upon the government. THAT is the definition of control.
“Congress passed a health overhaul earlier this year to extend coverage to more people”.
...oh. We’re ok then.~sarc It must be exhausting trying to come up with so many spins on so many levels on a daily basis. Now that I think of it, probably not. It comes naturally.
Exactly! 1 in 7 sounds horrific, but its all dependent on what you define as being “in poverty”. I heard of one surveying group who defined the bottom 15% of earners in any population as being “the poor”. Even more alarmingly, there were activists who used the results of the group to be shocked that the number of poor had stayed the same, year on year.
They still live better than 99.9% of all Africans.
Plagiarizing myself from elsewhere:
Just morbid curiosity, but is poverty in America still defined as a condition of living where the government pays for your education, medicine, doctor visits, emergency room visits, housing, food, etc. and that you may own cars, vcrs, cell phones (I don’t even have one), big screen tvs (not one of those either)...etc. ????
There was an obit going around on the net a while back of a 25 year old "entrepreneur" from New Orleans. This fellow had 13 kids. Each of his siblings had similar broods. Somebody added up all the various welfare trinkets he would be entitled to (and was no doubt receiving) and it was estimated that he would be "making" over $156,000/year in direct benefits to him and his 13 kids from state and Federal sources.
Having worked in several 3rd world countries I can tell you with absolute confidence that Americans have NO IDEA what real poverty is all about. The poorest of the poor in this country are wealthy beyond the imaginations of folks I saw in Nicaragua.
The Washington Compost left out that this is the highest poverty rate since 1994!
Yes, the “war” on poverty was actually a surrender to poverty, by attacking the results of poverty rather than the causes of poverty.
Thus, we created a generation of people who have no idea how NOT to be poor, and how NOT to survive without the government.
NY City talk radio (I think it was the John Gambling show on WOR) was talking about Obama spending billions for "free wireless access for poor inner city families"), or something to that affect.
Those in the studio were speechless, and asking the same questions about this madness that you are probably asking.
And amazingly, as the population increases,
the actual numbers of people in that bottom 15% of income
don’t worry- it can get worse:
‘Sustainable’ Poverty: The Real Face of the Leftist Environmental Agenda
The Census did not ask for SS number. So I am assuming many of these “ Americans “ are from south of the border. Let them go home and be supported by that country’s ‘wealthy’.
I flew in relief supplies to Somalia, Bosnia, Haiti, and Eritrea.
You are absolutely correct.
Moreover, I recently talked to some people who vacationed in Jamaica recently. My wife and I were stupid enough to do that 22 years ago.
It was a mess. Crime. Poverty. Mobbed in the street.
Most Americans really have no idea.
What is the definition of poverty?
The “poor” in America should transfer their wealth to Africa.
Only 1 color TV.
This is propaganda!!!!!
Everyone knows that the worst economy since Herbert Hoover was in 2004 (John Kerry, 8/6/03)!!!
We are in the midst of the summer of recovery-—Joe Biden.
“Only 1 color TV.”
And females only 50 lbs overweight.
“...We have the richest poor people...”
Ain’t that the truth. I like the pics of our designer sneaker-clad First Lady serving up food in a “soup line” and all the “poor” pulling out their cell phones to take her picture.
“Thus, we created a generation of people who have no idea how NOT to be poor, and how NOT to survive without the government.”
Well, then they aren’t trying very hard are they?
The simple first step is to simply say “NO” to the government handouts.
Precisely as it was designed to do. The Progressie Marxists who created the so-called "war on poverty" knew full well what they were doing. The Progressive Marxists desperately wanted to create a dependent class so that they would be able to generate guaranteed votes to keep themselves in power, much like the way they have manipulated the minimum wage to secure union votes. As an added sided benefit, they've been able to use the "war on poverty" as a method of race baiting to pit black against white for nearly fifty years after they destroyed the black family and subsequently, black neighborhoods. Double whammy. Considering that the Progressive Marxists were using our money to accomplish their goals it was a rather cheap endeavor for them, too.
People here on FR often muse about what one event will trigger the coming civil war. I believe the strongest candidate will be when the welfare brood mares are finally cut off when there is literally no money left to continue supporting them....and it's not that far off. The riots we are going to see are going to make Greece look like a frat party.....
I dunno, I'll look around, but anything Lyndon did is bound to end badly just like his folding the SS fund into the general fund. It catches up with "someone down the road". Unfortunately, we're that "someone down the road" and all those people in poverty have been brainwashed into thinking that someone owes them those TVs, DVDs, cellphones, computers, autos, and a lot of other things.
I heard yesterday that 9% of Americans have a drug problem. Perhaps being a drug addict does not help your economic situation very much.
If you have shelter, a cell phone, electricity, more than one set of clothes, shoes, access to a washing machine, and more than one meal a day, you are not in poverty.
Poverty is Ethiopia, Sudan, parts of South America, and over 90% of China. That’s true poverty.
Kingston is a shithole.
The American Idol President is laying the groundwork for American Idol style election voting.
Well, if my husband’s construction business goes bankrupt, our family will be among the poor. Hard working American families who are dealing with long-term unemployment are among the poor. We get calls from men looking for work, men in their 40s, 50s, and they all tell me the same thing, “I’ve never been out of work before in my life.”
This is the future of American poverty. Families like mine who are out of work for month after mine, use their savings, sell what they can, and then start living off retirement and anything invested. Pretty soon there’s nothing left. Do they move in with family? Can they even get ANY job? Assuming they have been good stewards and responsible, this scenario is still highly possible.
Just about any family is six months or less from that scenario, so please don’t assume it’s only the chronically unemployed and unemployed-by-choice who make up this 1 in 7.
One more thing, 60% of Argentinians were at the poverty level by 2003, following their late 1990’s economic collapse. We could hit numbers that high by the time Obama and the Demonrats are done with us.
Try not to sneer to much at the poor.
Tom Sullivan was talking about this a few days ago on his radio show. His show is heavy on financial and tax subjects since he's a former money manager. The gist was the numbers of those "in poverty" are slightly higher now than during the Johnson Administration....
Where there is *real* poverty - people are skinny. Just sayin’...
There's nothing wrong with eating squirrels. I was just telling my wife last night that it was about time to thin out the squirrel population around our house. She asked me what I was going to do with them. I replied "Squirrel dumplings". Delicious when properly prepared.
Then it’s a real pity that we support the professional “poor” and cannot help those who need it now.
I have no problem giving a hand up.
I’m tired of giving a hand out.
hope & change baby!
how's that working out for ya?
And I just wanted to add that we have skinnied down on everything. No cable, no frills. We shop at Salvation Army and eat hot dogs. Grow as much food as we can and pick much more.
Yet we are rich. Why? Because we have each other and don’t turn to the government to make up our yearly raises. The poor who want to get out of it (like you would be) are not the people posters are speaking of.
I agree. My husband and I were talking the other day about our options if we ever lost our house. Bottom line is that we don’t have any options. Not one member of our family has room for us. If our income ever came to nothing, I honestly don’t know where we would live, and I know we’re not the only ones in that boat. (A boat would be nice, but we don’t have one of those, either!)
Yes in just two generations the “Great Society” has obliterated the black family structure with 70%+ illegitimacy rate.
Take a bow, Baraq. Your philosophical forebears did far more damage than the KKK ever dreamed possible.
Hang in there. I grew up poor, and we were really poor.
I was poor all my young adult life. Air popped popcorn was a staple, as was mac and cheese made with water.
I know what this is like.
My comments, and I believe most other comments here, directed at the term 'poor' are directed at our permanent underclass of "recipients," and not on those who are down because of the economy. Moreover, the classification of these people as "poor" when compared to other nations still stands. Our poor are rich in comparison, no matter who it is.
We are the first generation, in the history of all of mankind, to have fat poor people.
Fat poor people are a distinct out-product of twentieth century liberalism. Forty percent of all people who are classified as "poor" are morbidly obese.
If you told the ancient Roman, medieval European, or 18th Century European that a fat person was "poor", they would have laughed in your face.
The poor "advocates" always argue that this is so not because these people are overfed, but because of 'ignorance' about 'nutrition.'
This is mostly bogus.
They eat what they want, and mostly, that is a lot of whatever they are eating. Period.
And, 4,763 government programs that try and teach the poor to eat apples and carrots won't do a damn thing about that either.
Census is a count of the population...
How much money I make, determines how many representatives my state has?
If they don’t have to get their drinking water from the same mudhole that the livestock drinks from, they ain’t poor. Go to Africa and see what poor looks like.