What is Poverty in the US?

Posted: August 1, 2011 in Uncategorized

What is considered Poverty in America?

The census claims over 35million Americans live in poverty. But What is poverty in America?

Are you picturing scenes from a concentration camp? Or maybe images from the Great depression? Are you seeing tattered  clothes? Are you seeing several families sharing a 1 bedroom apartment, while a dozen families share one bathroom? Are you seeing stained walls, leaking pikes, any form of cooling relief is a hopeful breeze from a window, the source of heat burning trash in a garbage can? Do you see people rationing a piece of bread, and saving the crumbs for later? Do you see people drinking brown water? Do you hear the shrill screams of a starving child? Or the painful moans of suffering elderly?

Try again.

Those living in poverty, in America, will very well likely have.. air conditioning, cable tv, car, dishwasher, microwave, washer & dryer, coffee maker, computer, dvd player, video game system, their homes are ample.. larger than the home of an average European. In fact the information stated nearly 1/2 will own their own homes, which are in good condition. The American’s living in “poverty” will also be well-nourished.

Over 90% of Americans living in poverty stated they have enough food to last 4 months, 6% claim they sometimes don’t have enough, and 1 1/2% sais they are without food often.

Merriam Webster’s definition of Poverty:


noun, often attributive \ˈpä-vər-tē\

Definition of POVERTY
1 a: the state of one who lacks a usual or socially acceptable amount of money or material possessions b: renunciation as a member of a religious order of the right as an individual to own property
3 a: debility due to malnutrition b: lack of fertility

Seems the term “poverty” does not fit the majority of those who the government claim are in poverty.. the majority do have possessions, and they are not malnourished.

So again what does the US government consider poverty? Poverty Guidelines. & the Census Data for poverty thresholds.

The bottom line is.. the US poverty situation is far from widespread. It is the exception and certainly not the rule. Again a reason why Welfare should not be so widely and commonly used, it is an abused system that further taxes our economy and taxpayers. (as well keeps people gov’t dependent, and maintains gov’t power/control).

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

One of the problems we deal with is when other countries try to paint the US as a 3rd world nation, at the same time we have people in our own country who for some reason actually buy those stories.

we fuel the anti-American propaganda spread by countries such as Russia and China, who accuse the United States of human-rights violations. Why? Because they claim that the millions of Americans classified as poor are enduring a life of desperate poverty — “like a third world nightmare,” as the Russia Today TV network once put it.

I have to wonder is this our own reflection due to our country saving starving nations? Notice the political nature of the countries that are using those accusations, their situations have often been grim, and often under socialist of communist government.. seems the cold-war is not truly over, just new methods of attack?

Alas, the story emphasizes the damage we do by believing in that misinformation, Look at facts, vs what most of the media offers.


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