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86 percent of strident conservatives think the poor 'have it easy' have-it-easy
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Posted on 06/29/2014 10:00:13 AM PDT by TigerClaws

Illustrating the deep divide between GOP versus Democratic support for policies most benefiting the poor, a new Pew survey finds that a whopping 86 percent of steadfast conservatives think the poor "have it easy." Similarly, business-minded Republicans (77 percent) and young Republican-leaning adults (81 percent) feel the same way.

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Free rent via Section 8. Free Obama phones. Free groceries. Free healthcare. Free schools. Free breakfast and lunch for their kids. Free pre-school.

Yep. Sounds pretty easy to me...

1 posted on 06/29/2014 10:00:13 AM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: TigerClaws

have-it-easy


2 posted on 06/29/2014 10:00:54 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Conservatism is the political disposition of grown-ups.)
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To: TigerClaws

http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2007/08/how-poor-are-americas-poor-examining-the-plague-of-poverty-in-america

The following are facts about persons defined as “poor” by the Census Bureau, taken from various government reports:

Forty-three percent of all poor households actually own their own homes. The average home owned by persons classified as poor by the Census Bureau is a three-bedroom house with one-and-a-half baths, a garage, and a porch or patio. Eighty percent of poor households have air conditioning. By contrast, in 1970, only 36 percent of the entire U.S. population enjoyed air conditioning.

Only 6 percent of poor households are overcrowded. More than two-thirds have more than two rooms per person.

The average poor American has more living space than the average individual living in Paris, London, Vienna, Athens, and other cities throughout Europe. (These comparisons are to the average citizens in foreign countries, not to those classified as poor.)

Nearly three-quarters of poor households own a car; 31 percent own two or more cars.

Ninety-seven percent of poor households have a color television; over half own two or more color televisions.

Seventy-eight percent have a VCR or DVD player; 62 percent have cable or satellite TV reception.

Eighty-nine percent own microwave ovens, more than half have a stereo, and more than a third have an automatic dishwasher.


3 posted on 06/29/2014 10:01:05 AM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: TigerClaws

Too easy.


4 posted on 06/29/2014 10:02:54 AM PDT by jospehm20
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To: Jeff Chandler

It seems ironic, that Michelle Obama and others talk about childhood obesity, and food deserts in our inner cities.

Yet anecdotal evidence is that a good number of “poor” people in this country are getting plenty to eat.


5 posted on 06/29/2014 10:04:51 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (s)
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To: TigerClaws

Well we all know that the hildebeast is suffering because she be’s poor.


6 posted on 06/29/2014 10:05:20 AM PDT by rktman (Ethnicity: Nascarian. Race: Daytonafivehundrian)
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To: TigerClaws

If all the money spent on Federal, State, and Local poverty programs was pooled and divided it up evenly among the people below the poverty level, they’s all be 1 percenters.


7 posted on 06/29/2014 10:05:36 AM PDT by DManA
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Modern agriculture has trivialized the task of eating enough. Now the conundrum that faces us is how to not eat too much.


8 posted on 06/29/2014 10:05:53 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: TigerClaws
Found this over on a thread about Detroit residents water getting shut off for lack of payment.

I'll bet her cable bill is paid in full each month.

9 posted on 06/29/2014 10:05:55 AM PDT by Drew68
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To: TigerClaws

And it’s all a vote buying scheme?


10 posted on 06/29/2014 10:06:16 AM PDT by FreeperCell
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To: TigerClaws

Democrats keep the poor dependent by design.

They need them to stay locked in the lower segments of society, so that they “need” the handouts to “get by” and the Democrats can count of their vote (plus some “walking around money”) to get them to the polls in November every cycle.


11 posted on 06/29/2014 10:07:05 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: TigerClaws

We see some “hard poverty” out here in the rural area I live in, where some people still have outhouses, no air conditioners, and hunt for food. You don’t hear a lot of them with the same complaints as the inner city poor.

The inner city grab bag of entitlements passes for poverty in the city would probably be as foreign to them as Martians landing in their front yard.


12 posted on 06/29/2014 10:07:12 AM PDT by judicial meanz ("Don't fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here" -- Captain John Pa)
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To: Drew68

Mighty big television set behind her. I don’t own a tv. Never upgraded and left it in the rubbish pile when my old one died in 2008.

AIN’T MY PROBLEM.


13 posted on 06/29/2014 10:08:14 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: TigerClaws
well, compared to working for the same things they get for free, it would appear that way... but what do i know, the only thing the government ever gave me is a property tax bill to pay or an income tax form to fill out AND pay
14 posted on 06/29/2014 10:09:42 AM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: TigerClaws

EBT, WIC, Section 8, Medicaid/Obamacare, Obamaphones, fuel assistance, Earned Income Tax Credit...those considered “poor” in this country would be considered “filthy rich” in much of the rest of the world.

And soon the Gibsmedats will be “the rich” in this country while the rest of us in the middle class struggle while working for a living, losing much of it to taxes and trying to feed, clothe and house ourselves with the scraps.


15 posted on 06/29/2014 10:09:53 AM PDT by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: TigerClaws

And don’t forget the gold chains,manicures, and $200.00 per pair sneakers.

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16 posted on 06/29/2014 10:11:05 AM PDT by Mears
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To: Drew68

Maybe she could pay her water bill next time and buy a smaller TV.


17 posted on 06/29/2014 10:11:10 AM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: TigerClaws

Well, does poor include Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden?


18 posted on 06/29/2014 10:11:23 AM PDT by Maceman
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To: TigerClaws
Plus, it is illegal to turn them down for a car loan that they are never going to pay back.

That's why you see so many of them driving around in A BRAND NEW CAR! (A little Price-is-Right lingo there.)

19 posted on 06/29/2014 10:13:42 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: TigerClaws

Go to Haiti or Nicaragua to see what poor really is. Or Africa.

All on welfare here should be required to live among the truly poor in one of those places just for a week to see what poor is........


20 posted on 06/29/2014 10:15:22 AM PDT by Arlis
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To: TigerClaws

we don’t have “poor”, we have parasites.
our “poor” are wealthier than 95% of the world.


21 posted on 06/29/2014 10:20:28 AM PDT by hecht (america 9/11, Israel 24/7)
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To: Drew68

Actually, there’s some evidence that the water company has been screwing some of these people and they can’t get their bills straightened out.


22 posted on 06/29/2014 10:29:50 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: TigerClaws

“strident”

Does that equate to “bitter” or “clinger”.


23 posted on 06/29/2014 10:30:41 AM PDT by moovova
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To: TigerClaws

WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE 14% OF SO-CALLED CONSERVATIVES??


24 posted on 06/29/2014 10:31:41 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (This is known as "bad luck". - Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: Drew68

I posted that

Actually, that’s from Atlanta a year or so ago when they were complaining about heating bills.

I should have noted that, but it’s basically the same thing


25 posted on 06/29/2014 10:32:30 AM PDT by digger48
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To: Arlis

Great idea.


26 posted on 06/29/2014 10:32:37 AM PDT by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.q)
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To: judicial meanz
100%, poverty is an economic class, poor is a political class... those in poverty still have dignity, the poor, not so much
27 posted on 06/29/2014 10:34:10 AM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: TigerClaws

And 99 percent of liberals believe “the poor” are victims of everything but their own bad decisions, that their poverty obligates someone else to provide for them, and that poverty can be eliminated if they just steal enough money from the productive sectors.


28 posted on 06/29/2014 10:39:59 AM PDT by IronJack
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To: TigerClaws
I come across youngish people on "disability" and I see them as being 20-30yrs younger than I, with no visable "disability", with their Iphones and their Ipads and their fancy clothes, doing whatever they want whenever they want, and then I think....here I'm 60 and still reporting to work.....

the poor have it easy...I think most of them like it the way it is...

the REAL poor that I wish could get a break?...the young working families....they deserve a break...

29 posted on 06/29/2014 10:41:41 AM PDT by cherry
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To: judicial meanz

I live in a rural area-we see outhouses and sometimes even no running water here, too. Most people out here don’t have some stuff listed-like dishwashers, central air/heat-and plenty of us call a place home that city folks call basic shelter. Any extra money gets spent on necessities, then on accommodations/food for the income-producing livestock. Locally produced veggies, meat, chicken, eggs-and hunting is common. Not too many fat people out here, either-people work, and don’t whine like the city “poor”...


30 posted on 06/29/2014 10:42:56 AM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: TigerClaws

I actually think it is a miserable way of life. Imagine only having your immediate needs met.

My husband was offered a job once when he was 18, it was only Room and Board and a vehicle and fuel. He laughed in their face.

On long-term government assistance it is just getting by, never getting ahead. Never owning assets. Yeah, you don’t have the headaches of house payments or meeting a payroll but you live the same always...just getting by.

I hesitate to say that we have made it but we are getting there and there have been many times that we’ve been more broke than anyone on welfare but we never gave up. If something failed we learned from our mistakes and went on and it was always an adventure.

Those welfare queens are still right where they were 40 years ago, treading water, going nowhere, getting just enough. But no, I think they have a miserable life, they just don’t know how miserable it is because they get just enough to keep them from fending for themselves.


31 posted on 06/29/2014 10:48:21 AM PDT by tiki
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To: TigerClaws
I've seen poverty.I've seen it up close and personal.I've seen it from a distance of about 6 feet.That is the distance that prevented me from actually touching a young Tanzanian girl I saw with orange hair,a big bloated belly and little stick legs...all classic signs of chronic,profound malnutrition.I've seen genuine poverty elsewhere.In India...other parts of Asia...in South America.

I've also traveled in the least affluent sections of Boston,NYC,Detroit,Chicago and LA.

I know from personal experience that a huge percentage of Africans and South Americans and a substantial percentage of Asians would sell their souls to live like our "poor".

32 posted on 06/29/2014 10:51:34 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Rat Party Policy:Lie,Deny,Refuse To Comply)
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both a giant flat screen and a video game console ..with a game on the floor..there a difference between poor and broke..
poor is when you don't have money yo by things.. broke is when you spent your money on stupid crap.

and being a bum is went you don't work and bitch about being poor and broke and demand other give you stuff while sitting all day watching your giant tv playing videogames

33 posted on 06/29/2014 10:51:51 AM PDT by tophat9000 (An Eye for an Eye, a Word for a Word...nothing more)
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To: TigerClaws

I think two of the most iconic poor persons in America today have it pretty easy.

Those being the self confessed poor people, Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton.


34 posted on 06/29/2014 10:57:59 AM PDT by dangerdoc ((this space for rent))
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To: TigerClaws

Free rent via Section 8. Free Obama phones. Free groceries. Free healthcare. Free schools. Free breakfast and lunch for their kids. Free pre-school.
Yep. Sounds pretty easy to me... “

PLUS! NO TIME LIMIT ON ANYTHING!


35 posted on 06/29/2014 11:03:23 AM PDT by TalBlack (Evil doesn't have a day job.)
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To: DManA

“If all the money spent on Federal, State, and Local poverty programs was pooled and divided it up evenly among the people below the poverty level, they’s all be 1 percenters.”

....For about a week in many cases.


36 posted on 06/29/2014 11:04:45 AM PDT by TalBlack (Evil doesn't have a day job.)
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They file false tax returns to get thousands at times and there is no way they will go to work when they get far more on the dole to stay home, breed, and to be scholastically absent parents.
37 posted on 06/29/2014 11:06:33 AM PDT by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God Bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: Drew68

she can sit on her big fat @ss and watch that huge TV but lordy no she cant pay the water bill??


38 posted on 06/29/2014 11:19:53 AM PDT by Gasshog (DemoKKKrats: Leaders of the Free Sh!t World)
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To: TigerClaws

It is obviously easy enough as their ranks grow and grow and we have seen mutligenerational welfare.


39 posted on 06/29/2014 11:28:00 AM PDT by CodeToad (Arm Up! They Are!)
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To: cherry

And it’s a mentality that’s handed down to each generation. I was at an inner city pool and heard kids talking about their dad’s BMW. I asked if he as a mechanic. One laughed and said, “He ain’t no fool. He don’t have a job. He got diabetes.” Then his younger brother chimed in. “I’ll prolly get it too.” Not to be left out, another kid replies “I got ADD.” There’s always some illness that prevents them from working.


40 posted on 06/29/2014 11:30:01 AM PDT by neefer (Because you can't starve us out and you can't make us run.)
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To: Drew68
I'll bet her cable bill is paid in full each month

Maybe not. She's probably went through cable accounts in at least 6 of her children's names - maxed out and turned off for non-payment.

When she runs out of bastard children, she'll get serious about making sure the payment arrives on time.

41 posted on 06/29/2014 11:33:32 AM PDT by Repeat Offender (While the wicked stand confounded, call me with Thy saints surrounded.)
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Poor enough to park her obese self in front of a 55” Plasma with game consoles and Blu-Ray ...


42 posted on 06/29/2014 11:41:06 AM PDT by spodefly (This is my tag line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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To: TigerClaws

actually “Bush” phones...plus EIC & Child Care Tax Credit Refunds of taxes they didn’t pay.

and not having to do anything for it.
Obama suspended welfare to work....


43 posted on 06/29/2014 11:41:29 AM PDT by stylin19a (Obama ----> Fredo smart)
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To: TigerClaws

We have no poverty in this country. If you have housing, electricity, a cell phone, a TV, a car and enough food to eat you are not living in poverty.


44 posted on 06/29/2014 11:47:52 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: TigerClaws
All I have to say is that I've been in several 3rd world countries and we have the only poor people that are FAT, have air-conditioners, cable TV's, cell phones/iphones, cars and the ability to score weed or forms of cocaine at any time.
45 posted on 06/29/2014 12:24:01 PM PDT by Dick Vomer (democrats are like flies, whatever they don't eat they sh#t on.)
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To: TigerClaws
86 percent of strident conservatives think the poor 'have it easy'

Well, I suppose I have to make a choice about what I think.
I can voice what I perceive all around me, ignore the label. Or accept it.
OK, I'm a strident conservative.

It's either that or I'm delusional.
Delusional doesn't feel as good.

46 posted on 06/29/2014 3:28:31 PM PDT by publius911 ( Politicians come and go... but the (union) bureaucracy lives and grows forever.)
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To: Drew68

Tv’s wider than she is tall. But that’s a ‘necessity’. Can’t be judging her budgetary choices, can we ?


47 posted on 06/29/2014 3:42:02 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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