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Extreme Poverty Is Now At Record Levels (HOPEY-CHANGEY!)
Zero Hedge- ^ | 11-05-11 | Ilene

Posted on 11/06/2011 6:49:33 AM PST by tcrlaf

The extreme the wealth disparity in the U.S. keeps on widening. We already know that people at the higher percentage levels are doing well, particularly at the highest, while the middle class is shrinking rapidly. Here, Michael Snyder presents some handy statistics on the growth at the lowest levels of poverty.

Extreme Poverty Is Now At Record Levels – 19 Statistics About The Poor That Will Absolutely Astound You

Courtesy of Michael Snyder of Economic Collapse

[Extreme Poverty Is Now At Record Levels - 20 Statistics About The Poor That Will Absolutely Astound You] According to the U.S. Census Bureau, a higher percentage of Americans is living in extreme poverty than they have ever measured before. In 2010, we were told that the economy was recovering, but the truth is that the number of the "very poor" soared to heights never seen previously.

Back in 1993 and back in 2009, the rate of extreme poverty was just over 6 percent, and that represented the worst numbers on record. But in 2010, the rate of extreme poverty hit a whopping 6.7 percent. That means that one out of every 15 Americans is now considered to be "very poor".

For many people, this is all very confusing because their guts are telling them that things are getting worse and yet the mainstream media keeps telling them that everything is just fine.

(Excerpt) Read more at zerohedge.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: economy; obama; poor; poverty
So just how bad are things right now?

The following are 19 statistics about the poor that will absolutely astound you....

#1 According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the percentage of "very poor" rose in 300 out of the 360 largest metropolitan areas during 2010.

#2 Last year, 2.6 million more Americans descended into poverty. That was the largest increase that we have seen since the U.S. government began keeping statistics on this back in 1959.

#3 It isn't just the ranks of the "very poor" that are rising. The number of those just considered to be "poor" is rapidly increasing as well. Back in the year 2000, 11.3% of all Americans were living in poverty. Today, 15.1% of all Americans are living in poverty.

#4 The poverty rate for children living in the United States increased to 22% in 2010.

#5 There are 314 counties in the United States where at least 30% of the children are facing food insecurity.

#6 In Washington D.C., the "child food insecurity rate" is 32.3%.

#7 More than 20 million U.S. children rely on school meal programs to keep from going hungry.

#8 One out of every six elderly Americans now lives below the federal poverty line.

#9 Today, there are over 45 million Americans on food stamps.

#10 According to the Wall Street Journal, nearly 15 percent of all Americans are now on food stamps.

#11 In 2010, 42 percent of all single mothers in the United States were on food stamps.

#12 The number of Americans on food stamps has increased 74% since 2007.

#13 We are told that the economy is recovering, but the number of Americans on food stamps has grown by another 8 percent over the past year.

#14 Right now, one out of every four American children is on food stamps.

#15 It is being projected that approximately 50 percent of all U.S. children will be on food stamps at some point in their lives before they reach the age of 18.

#16 More than 50 million Americans are now on Medicaid. Back in 1965, only one out of every 50 Americans was on Medicaid. Today, approximately one out of every 6 Americans is on Medicaid.

#17 One out of every six Americans is now enrolled in at least one government anti-poverty program.

#18 The number of Americans that are going to food pantries and soup kitchens has increased by 46% since 2006.

#19 It is estimated that up to half a million children may currently be homeless in the United States.

Sadly, we don't hear much about this on the nightly news, do we?

1 posted on 11/06/2011 6:49:38 AM PST by tcrlaf
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To: tcrlaf

Almost all the wealthiest are Dems in blue states.


2 posted on 11/06/2011 6:52:31 AM PST by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: tcrlaf

Its so bad that I am forced to use a tracfone and don’t even have an Ipad.


3 posted on 11/06/2011 6:52:43 AM PST by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a permanent Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: cripplecreek

It’s all going out. My rock-solid company is leaving throughout the course of next year. They found it wiser to be in Canada than Nashville. Thanks Obama.


4 posted on 11/06/2011 6:55:24 AM PST by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: tcrlaf
Uhh...let's see. While you're the President, create business uncertainty relative to taxes, raise the cost of doing business with threats of things like cap and trade, increase the cost of hiring employees with things like the Obozo health care plan, and then ask yourself: “Why doesn't business hire more people so unemployment rates fall?” And with fewer people employed, be stupid enough to wonder why income inequality rises.
5 posted on 11/06/2011 6:56:28 AM PST by econjack
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To: tcrlaf

All a result of believing in government instead of self.


6 posted on 11/06/2011 6:57:06 AM PST by ully2
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To: cripplecreek

“Its so bad that I am forced to use a tracfone and don’t even have an Ipad.”

Don’t even get me started on that.
Food Stamp Recipients get a FREE Cell Phone, and 250 Free minutes a month, paid for by my Phone Bill.

They can add unlimited texting for $5 a month, and Unlimited Data for $10.

The wife and I pay well over $100 a month for almost the exact same plan.

I’ve almost reached the point that I think being a PRODUCTIVE member of society means you must be an idiot.


7 posted on 11/06/2011 6:57:06 AM PST by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: tcrlaf

42% of single mothers are on food stamps. what does this tell us about being a single mother? should the govt bail you out if you have a child out of wedlock with no means of support? i guess so according to the article.

other thought, if 6% are in poverty, than 94% (check my math there) are not. how does that compare historically? has there ever been a society with greater than 94% non poverty?


8 posted on 11/06/2011 6:59:59 AM PST by beebuster2000
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To: tcrlaf

The whole liberal-driven poverty question, like everything else driven by libs, is suspect. If we check that facts, according to Mark Levin in his book “Liberty and Tyranny” the greatest increase in the poverty rate comes from Mexican immigrants...legal and illegal. Of course, if Obama is re-elected, we’ll see millions more non-immigrants thrust into poverty.


9 posted on 11/06/2011 7:02:43 AM PST by driftless2
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To: Dallas59

Ah....... more fodder for the rat party, caused by encouraged by and supported by. Don’t look here look over there they are the cause of your poverty.


10 posted on 11/06/2011 7:02:57 AM PST by ronnie raygun (V)
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To: tcrlaf

The extreme poor brought this on themselves by helping to elect a Chicago Marxist thug to run the country. They should have known that the standard of living is always in the toilet in Marxist banana republics. You can’t have a prosperous America AND Marxism/communism too. It just doesn’t work that way.


11 posted on 11/06/2011 7:03:36 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Stop Government Greed Now!!!!)
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To: tcrlaf

The comments there are not too kind to Ø bummer. Looks like the hope and change crowd is getting angry.


12 posted on 11/06/2011 7:04:34 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (Dear God, thanks for the rain, but please let it rain more in Texas. Amen.)
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To: tcrlaf

Sorry, but this is a crock. I can remember people living in tar-paper shacks in the south in the 60s. My Mom wasn’t allowed to wear shoes to school until the first frost...then that afternoon, they would break out the shoes and try to figure out who could wear what.

Food stamps are a scam, run by government to justify their existence. I’ve never been on food stamps, but I can remember eating some mighty tough venison because that is what was left...and don’t get me started on the ‘food insecurity’ BS!

The poor have it great in America.


13 posted on 11/06/2011 7:05:13 AM PST by Mr Rogers ("they found themselves made strangers in their own country")
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To: tcrlaf

I got so mad at AT&T, I canceled my cellphone and was fully prepared to go phone-free. My little sister added a phone to her family plan for an extra 10 bucks a month and sent it to me. Otherwise I’d just go without. I hate phones. I hate phone companies.


14 posted on 11/06/2011 7:05:40 AM PST by A_perfect_lady (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: tcrlaf

I personally think our real problem is that we’ve raised at least two generations that don’t know the meaning of the word “no”. People no longer consider the possibility that they should live within their means.

I consider myself lucky to have grown up poor and learned to go without. If not, I would be so depressed by my lack of crap I want that I would probably be suicidal. Instead, I just shrug at the things I don’t have.


15 posted on 11/06/2011 7:07:00 AM PST by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a permanent Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: tcrlaf


16 posted on 11/06/2011 7:09:04 AM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: tcrlaf
When they have camps for CCC workers, living without air conditioning in southern Arizona, doing manual labor and sending money home to their families, I'll believe we're getting BACK to record levels of poverty.


17 posted on 11/06/2011 7:11:04 AM PST by Mr Rogers ("they found themselves made strangers in their own country")
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To: cripplecreek
What gets me is how much people spend on electronic toys. Most of their expenditures are entertainment-related. I mean, plasmas, cable, iPods, iPads, texting, games, music, stupid movies... they resent paying for their own eye-glasses but they'll drop just as much a laptop so they can cruise eBay looking for more crap they don't need.

I'm so glad I grew up with things like "books" and "libraries."

18 posted on 11/06/2011 7:11:29 AM PST by A_perfect_lady (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: Chode
"...But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security."

The solution has been right in front of us for 235 years.

19 posted on 11/06/2011 7:13:33 AM PST by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: A_perfect_lady

Agreed. The pictures of poor single mothers with big screen TVs and kids with designer shoes gall me, since I don’t waste my money on those things.
The solution for part of this could be mandatory Norplants or IUDs for women collecting welfare. No more kids until you can support them. No abortions needed, no relying upon someone to take birth control pills, no more children born that society and the mothers cannot afford.
And before anyone screams, I am both a woman and a mother.


20 posted on 11/06/2011 7:20:17 AM PST by tbw2
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To: A_perfect_lady

A couple weeks ago my cousin was posting on facebook her rant about not being able to afford medical care. The problem is that she was posting from some kind of gamer’s convention on the other side of the country.

She can’t afford medical care but can afford a flight across the country and a motel room so she can play dress up at nerdfest for a week.


21 posted on 11/06/2011 7:20:30 AM PST by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a permanent Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: tcrlaf

My profession is in recruiting. I had a conversation with a young woman about an opening at our plant. Entry-level admin position paying $15/hr. Her response was that her food stamps would be lowered and her HUD rent would go up if she worked, so she turned down the job.

Government assistance programs don’t encourage people to leave the plantation - they actually pay them to stay on it!

And you and I pick up the tab.


22 posted on 11/06/2011 7:22:31 AM PST by ItsOurTimeNow ("Go now. Run along and tell your Xerxes that he faces Free Men here...not slaves.")
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To: DTogo
yup, all that remains is the will to do it...
23 posted on 11/06/2011 7:36:05 AM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: tcrlaf

Somehow, some way, this is still Bush’s fault. Can’t be Barry’s


24 posted on 11/06/2011 7:57:46 AM PST by vpintheak (Democrats: Robbing humans of their dignity 1 law at a time)
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To: tcrlaf
Just exactly how they come up with these "statistics" should tell anybody that we have a govt. hell bent on destroying this country.

They need to have these bad numbers so they can say "See, see how bad it is, we need more money to fix these problems"

And as usual it makes everybody "feel" bad so they go along with it. Oh, well. We have the govt. we deserve.

25 posted on 11/06/2011 7:59:00 AM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: tcrlaf

What’s “very poor”? No iPad?
C’mon we’ve put everyone on the dole. There is no “extreme poverty” except perhaps in the most rural of rural areas.

We’re ADVERTISING for food stamps, WIC and free cell phones, FGS!


26 posted on 11/06/2011 8:01:29 AM PST by GatorGirl (Herman Cain 2012)
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To: Mr Rogers
The poor have it great in America.

We have the richest poor people in the world.

27 posted on 11/06/2011 8:01:59 AM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: tcrlaf

And I bet you the vast majority of the poor voted for King Obama, and they will again. Nothing will stop these so call poor from continuing their golden goose. This next election those King Obama bought might get him reelected. He has 12 more months to build his communists/freeloader empire.


28 posted on 11/06/2011 8:09:43 AM PST by Logical me
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To: Mr Rogers

What are CCC workers? If it’s something I should know I will be mortified.


29 posted on 11/06/2011 8:19:00 AM PST by leaning conservative (snow coming, school cancelled, yayyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!)
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30 posted on 11/06/2011 8:23:30 AM PST by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: beebuster2000

In my school distict our teacher assistants (who all make $12,000 a year & the majority of them are single mothers of multiple children, many w/ different fathers) almost every day order out lunch & spend about $8.00. The teachers who make about 3 times what they make can’t afford to do that. So, the question remains, HOW do they afford this?????????? And have top of the line cellphones that do everything? I have a simple cell that makes calls & takes photos.

I am baffled, but even more than that I am disgusted.


31 posted on 11/06/2011 8:25:11 AM PST by leaning conservative (snow coming, school cancelled, yayyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: cripplecreek

Things are terrible. Don’t kid yourself. Anyone in a main street business in the real economy will tell you the truth.

We are on the brink of collapse.


32 posted on 11/06/2011 8:28:33 AM PST by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: GlockThe Vote

Poverty has nothing to do with business aside from being firmly attached to its aching nipples.


33 posted on 11/06/2011 8:31:42 AM PST by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a permanent Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: cripplecreek

Here’s a perfect example. Two weeks ago my baby brother started a 7 week training course to become a linesman. He said it is grueling and expensive after he paid for his books, shoes, equipment, & the motel where he stays Sunday- Thursday. He is serious about this. He has had several job setbacks & he wanted something he could do for the rest of his life. He is an extremely hard worker.

He said there are several young guys in his class who have their pants hanging past their boxers & have a whatever attitude. One day at lunch they were all talking & they were bragging that they had all their books, boots & equipment paid for & someone came & picked them up every morning & took them home in the evening. Needless to say my brother was completely disgusted.

I really need to change my name to, pretty much all the way conservative.


34 posted on 11/06/2011 8:34:58 AM PST by leaning conservative (snow coming, school cancelled, yayyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: tcrlaf

Little Known Facts:

When calculating income for federal income taxes and to determine if people are below the poverty threshold the government does not include welfare, food stamps, government paid medical and other freebies and handouts.

So many of those included in the data as below the poverty line actually have more disposable “income” than the government reports.

When calculating income for the purposes of making mortgage loans (many to people who did not have enough real income to qualify) the government requires lenders to include welfare payments as income.

The government stcks the deck both ways to further the Wefare State agenda.

http://www.hud.gov/offices/cpd/affordablehousing/training/web/calculator/definitions/part5.cfm


35 posted on 11/06/2011 8:37:33 AM PST by Iron Munro ('We do have tough gun laws in Massachusetts; I support them.' -- Mitt Romney)
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To: cripplecreek

You are delusional. There are millions of self employed people not counted in these numbers whoses businesses are near collapse. I have friends using saving to keep their businesses going. These were all middle class people a few years ago who face losing evertything soon.

You can snicker and laugh and downplay this all you like , but things are getting drastically worse very fast, despite the garbage rush windbag says daily.


36 posted on 11/06/2011 8:38:23 AM PST by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: leaning conservative

Under Jenny Granholm, ALL college students in Michigan became eligible for food stamps. That includes rich trust fund kids and those with full scholarships that include food.

Fortunately we ended that a couple months ago and cut off food stamps for some 30,000 college students.


37 posted on 11/06/2011 8:40:48 AM PST by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a permanent Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: leaning conservative
What are CCC workers? If it’s something I should know I will be mortified.

CCC = Civilian Conservation Corps

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a public work relief program that operated from 1933 to 1942 in the United States for unemployed, unmarried men from relief families, ages 18–25.

A part of the New Deal of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, it provided unskilled manual labor jobs related to the conservation and development of natural resources in rural lands owned by federal, state and local governments.

The CCC was designed to provide employment for young men in relief families who had difficulty finding jobs during the Great Depression while at the same time implementing a general natural resource conservation program in every state and territory.

Maximum enrollment at any one time was 300,000; in nine years 2.5 million young men participated. Reserve officers from the U.S. Army were in charge of the camps, but there was no military training or uniforms.


38 posted on 11/06/2011 8:42:41 AM PST by Iron Munro ('We do have tough gun laws in Massachusetts; I support them.' -- Mitt Romney)
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To: cripplecreek

You should check out PlatinumTel for prepaid wireless. Uses the Sprint network. 5c a minute and 2c a text with no monthly fee. I am an extremely satisfied customer.


39 posted on 11/06/2011 9:48:40 AM PST by Go_Raiders (The wrong smoke detector might just kill you - http://www.theworldfiresafetyfoundation.org)
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To: Mr Rogers
I can remember eating some mighty tough venison because that is what was left.

I asked a guy from Kentucky what he remembered most about the '29 Depression. He said that was when they had a big pot of squirrel stew that had to last all week. After each meal, mom would add water to bring the level back up. He said that by the following Friday, that squirrel stew was pretty damn thin.

40 posted on 11/06/2011 10:47:41 AM PST by Oatka ("A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves." –Bertrand de Jouvenel)
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To: driftless2
Many of these statistics are not what they appear. The government had a strong campaign last year to recruit people on to the SNAP(food stamp) program. They are proud of the numbers. Many of the "elderly in poverty" are living in nursing homes, no income, but total care provided courtesy of medicaid. "Food insecurity" is a bogus concept that counts you if you claim to have some anxiety about your next meal, even if you never miss one. And so on.
41 posted on 11/06/2011 11:50:18 AM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Mr Rogers
You won't be finding any pine forests in Southern Arizona-- Flagstaff, maybe. But your point is still valid. Poverty is relative.
42 posted on 11/06/2011 11:53:36 AM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: hinckley buzzard

I’m just irritated that I live within my means and as a result, go without much of the crap that the so called “impoverished” seem to have unlimited funds for.

Its pretty damned bad that the working poor are in worse shape than those on welfare.


43 posted on 11/06/2011 2:14:20 PM PST by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a permanent Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: tcrlaf

This is nothing but Communist propaganda by Obama. The redefine “poor” as anyone not making a million bucks. This is an attempt at class warfare.


44 posted on 11/06/2011 2:17:22 PM PST by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: tcrlaf
Extreme Poverty Is Now At Record Levels

This is why every city now has an "Occupy Obamaville" settlement.

45 posted on 11/06/2011 2:20:19 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: cripplecreek
The headline is ridiculous. Most of today's poor have stuff that even middle-class people didn't have 50 or 75 years ago. Not only was unemployment much higher in the 1930s than now, but the deprivations suffered by the poor were much worse.

In Grapes of Wrath the Joad kids when staying in a government camp flush a toilet without realizing what they are doing, and think they have broken it--they had never seen a flush toilet before.

Go back another 100 years and the lifestyle of the average person was much worse than that of an extremely poor person now.

46 posted on 11/06/2011 2:36:14 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: Verginius Rufus

A lot of the old folks around my hometown were depression era orphans. I used to listen to them talk about coming to town on the train and being “adopted” by local farmers right there on the spot.


47 posted on 11/06/2011 2:40:50 PM PST by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a permanent Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: cripplecreek

Yeah, people are like that. I’ve known people who “can’t afford” $600 a month for medication. Understandable. That’s a lot of money. But a closer look at their habits reveals that they can afford full cable, fine wines, weekly shopping sprees, lunch ordered out 5 days a week, 2 evenings out every weekend, designer clothes, manicures, pedicures, vacations out of the country, on and on and on. It’s almost like they think that everything they NEED should be provided, so that they are free to spend their money on what they WANT.


48 posted on 11/06/2011 3:53:02 PM PST by A_perfect_lady (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: hinckley buzzard

I’m am amazed anyone falls for the “hungry America” scam. All they have to do is walk through Walmart. I’ll start believing the hungry America trope when I start seeing emaciated wraithes on streetcorners asking for crusts of bread. I don’t think I’ll see that in the near future. Of course, if we keep electing Democrats, we’ll start seeing more skinny people in Walmart. Or asking for a crust of bread outside the doors.


49 posted on 11/06/2011 6:29:20 PM PST by driftless2
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