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Air Conditioning, Cable TV And An Xbox: What Is Poverty In The US Today? Analysis
Eurasia Review ^ | August 13, 2011 | Robert Rector and Rachel Sheffield, the Heritage Foundation

Posted on 08/13/2011 5:03:45 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Each year for the past two decades, the U.S. Census Bureau has reported that over 30 million Americans were living in “poverty.” In recent years, the Census has reported that one in seven Americans are poor. But what does it mean to be “poor” in America? How poor are America’s poor?

For most Americans, the word “poverty” suggests destitution: an inability to provide a family with nutritious food, clothing, and reasonable shelter. For example, the Poverty Pulse poll taken by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development asked the general public: “How would you describe being poor in the U.S.?” The overwhelming majority of responses focused on homelessness, hunger or not being able to eat properly, and not being able to meet basic needs.[1] That perception is bolstered by news stories about poverty that routinely feature homelessness and hunger.

Yet if poverty means lacking nutritious food, adequate warm housing, and clothing for a family, relatively few of the more than 30 million people identified as being “in poverty” by the Census Bureau could be characterized as poor.[2] While material hardship definitely exists in the United States, it is restricted in scope and severity. The average poor person, as defined by the government, has a living standard far higher than the public imagines.

As scholar James Q. Wilson has stated, “The poorest Americans today live a better life than all but the richest persons a hundred years ago....

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; Government
KEYWORDS: dependency; economy; heritagefoundation; middleclass; poverty; welfare
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1 posted on 08/13/2011 5:03:55 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Well, i disagree with the X-box.
I am a Playstation 3 guy myself.
Add a lifetime supply of Ramen noodles and a pound of pot and i am SET FOR LIFE!!!

Woohoo!!!


2 posted on 08/13/2011 5:05:57 PM PDT by mowowie
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I would describe poor as having to live in a dangerous, crime infested neighborhood. Living in fear doesn’t compensate for the xbox, free lodging, free food, and free cellphone.


3 posted on 08/13/2011 5:06:24 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Air Conditioning, Cable TV And An Xbox

This is a joke...Most people living in Honduras have TVs and AC.

Anyone denying our standard of living, economy and borders have been in steady decline, and intentionally undermined, are not paying attention.

4 posted on 08/13/2011 5:09:02 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: mowowie

“I am a Playstation 3 guy myself.
Add a lifetime supply of Ramen noodles and a pound of pot and i am SET FOR LIFE!!!”

(Perhaps the above explains your “About” page)

“THIS PAGE UNDER CONSTRUCTION.... 5 years later.....This page STILL under construction. “


5 posted on 08/13/2011 5:12:42 PM PDT by BwanaNdege (For those who have fought for it, Life bears a savor the protected will never know.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Interesting perspective. When I imagine poor, I imagine living like my Ozark inlaws a generation or two ago. No road to the house, no running water and an outhouse. But if you asked them if they were poor and needed a government handout they would be insulted.

With this perspective in mind, I rethink of the necessity of having my pocket picked for the “poor”. I rent, don’t own much and am saving up to buy land to build on. Now if I had all that I had earned that was taken by the goobermint for the poor, I would have a home.

What one man recieves without working for, another man worked for but did not recieve... (stolen from FR)


6 posted on 08/13/2011 5:13:35 PM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: BwanaNdege
“THIS PAGE UNDER CONSTRUCTION.... 5 years later.....This page STILL under construction. “

ROTFLMAO!

7 posted on 08/13/2011 5:15:29 PM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: BwanaNdege

Yea, I was gonna construct that page, but then i got high....

lol

I am actually pretty clean living, well sort of....


8 posted on 08/13/2011 5:16:24 PM PDT by mowowie
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Is this really a bad thing?


9 posted on 08/13/2011 5:17:33 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Do you have a working link?


10 posted on 08/13/2011 5:21:03 PM PDT by svcw (democrats are liars, it's a given)
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To: driftdiver

It is a horrible thing for our system is unsustainable and is going to crash. When the toys are gone, after the final collapse, the once placated lazy idiots who infest our society will riot.


11 posted on 08/13/2011 5:21:21 PM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Picking up EBT in an Escalade, wearing Coogi, and drinking Grey Goose.

American Poverty.


12 posted on 08/13/2011 5:22:34 PM PDT by struggle
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13 posted on 08/13/2011 5:24:59 PM PDT by narses ("Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions." Chesterton)
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To: central_va

“The once placated lazy idiots who infest our society will riot”

What do we do with them after the fact is going to be one of the biggest problems this country ever faced.

I dunno, maybe we could offer them welfare or something like that...


14 posted on 08/13/2011 5:25:59 PM PDT by mowowie
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To: mowowie
Add a lifetime supply of Ramen noodles and a pound of pot and i am SET FOR LIFE!!!

Did I once serve you with an Air Force Bad Conduct Discharge package about three years ago? I ask because, dangit, you sound mighty familiar!

;-)

15 posted on 08/13/2011 5:32:09 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear (No More RINOs!!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Record number on food stamps (45 million)
Record number of obese people

Not a coincidence


16 posted on 08/13/2011 5:37:16 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I could get by without cable tv and don’t even know what X-box is but AC really is a necessity.

The house I grew up in had AC but we could have gotten by without it. The house was a frame one with high ceilings, large screened windows, and lots of huge old oak shade trees.

The last hurricane we had put the power out for 7 days and a lot of places it was 9. My generator would not operate the central AC but I went out and bought a small window unit which would run off the generator.

It cooled the bedroom enough so I could sleep other wise I may very well have died of heat stroke. I am in my 60’s and probably would have been OK when I was younger.


17 posted on 08/13/2011 5:38:41 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: Grizzled Bear

Well, I did fly a F-22 once.

Then i woke up in a bush in my neighbors yard covered in vomit.
Was it me?

lol, now i really want a drink.


18 posted on 08/13/2011 5:39:04 PM PDT by mowowie
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
actually the article missed the single most telling sign that someone is poor in this country...

they are grossly overweight.

Yep, nothing can tell you quicker if someone is poor in America quicker than looking at how fat they are, the fatter the poorer. That alone tells me everything I need to know about being poor in America.

19 posted on 08/13/2011 5:39:21 PM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama = Epic Fail)
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To: central_va

“It is a horrible thing for our system is unsustainable and is going to crash. When the toys are gone, after the final collapse, the once placated lazy idiots who infest our society will riot.”

The only thing unsustainable is the welfare state. Its fine for poor people to have these things, its not fine for tax dollars to be paying for them.


20 posted on 08/13/2011 5:42:00 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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