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Poverty in America: Great Wealth by Most People’s Standards

Written by Gary North on February 27, 2012

Taxpayers in America are told by Democrats that we are guilty for our lack of concern for the poor. We should therefore consent to more taxes.

Here is a chart on what it means to be poor in America.

This was published by the conservative research organization, the Heritage Foundation.

The accompanying report had this information. You will not see this on the network TV news shows.

For decades, the living conditions of the poor have steadily improved. Consumer items that were luxuries or significant purchases for the middle class a few decades ago have become commonplace in poor households, partially because of the normal downward price trend that follows introduction of a new product.

Liberals use the declining relative prices of many amenities to argue that it is no big deal that poor households have air conditioning, computers, cable TV, and wide-screen TV. They contend, polemically, that even though most poor families may have a house full of modern conveniences, the average poor family still suffers from substantial deprivation in basic needs, such as food and housing. In reality, this is just not true.

Although the mainstream media broadcast alarming stories about widespread and severe hunger in the nation, in reality, most of the poor do not experience hunger or food shortages. The U.S. Department of Agriculture collects data on these topics in its household food security survey. For 2009, the survey showed:

  • 96 percent of poor parents stated that their children were never hungry at any time during the year because they could not afford food.
  • 83 percent of poor families reported having enough food to eat.
  • 82 percent of poor adults reported never being hungry at any time in the prior year due to lack of money for food.

Other government surveys show that the average consumption of protein, vitamins, and minerals is virtually the same for poor and middle-class children and is well above recommended norms in most cases.

The politics of guilt and pity gets politicians elected. It also creates envy by the poor. They think the rest of society has not done enoigh to help. The demands are never-ending.

Would a person in India regard poverty in America as a curse? How about one of 600 million farmers in China? Or anyone in sub-Sahara Africa, except South Africa?

In the name of helping the poor, the welfare state expands into every area of our lives.

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8 thoughts on “Poverty in America: Great Wealth by Most People’s Standards

  1. If you want to see what poor is – go to any country in the African continent.
    Better yet, let's not go that far. Take a short trip across our southern border or go to Cuba on a fact finding trip. Until you have visited any of those places you will never understand what poverty really is.

  2. EyesWideOpen says:

    This is an eye-opening report! The majority of the poor in this country live better than the majority of people in some of the other countries. The real problem here is that the REAL poor people in this country get nothing from the Gov't. You must have an address and ID to get any of the Gov't freebies. The Christian churches are supposed to help the very poor that get no handouts, but they do a lousy job of it because they are too busy investing money in real estate and stock markets!

  3. Paul Trombley says:

    Have you ever noticed that bleeding hearts frequently demonstrate with their behavior that they are not interested in bearing all, or even most, of the burdens implied by their alleged caring about the needy?

    The bleeding heart talks a good game about caring about the needy, but when a time comes to take action and to bear the material costs of caring about the needy, the bleeding heart invariably clamors for government to coerce other people into bearing the burdens.

    I suspect that the bleeding hearted turd is much more interested in experiencing the helper's high, and in posturing, than in doing the right thing. And now we have a reminder from Heritage that what the bleeding heart means by "poor" is merely 'less wealthy'.

  4. Tijuana, Nogales, Ensenada, any border city will give you plenty of real poverty to view.

  5. OBAMA HATER 4 SURE says:

    Paul Trombley you have said it very well I agree with you 100%. OBUMMER spent years as a community organizer dealing with the poor and all he seems to want to do as the POTUS is give hand outs to his croonies as pay backs for their financial support of his 2008 election campaign to get his ASS in the Oval Office where he sits around with his feet propped up on furniture that even he could not afford to replace. OBUMMER has no shame and the citizens of this country see it everyday, but the way it appears to me he will get re-elected in 2012 and continue to destroy America for another 4 years and complete the job that he invisioned in 2006 when he was elected to the senate. His comrads like HITLARY, Dirty Harry, puke face Pelosi, and many other democraps and republicans are still willing to help him for another 4 years and maybe even more.


  6. Catherine Esquivel says:

    I'm a witness to these so called 'poor' families or people. Yes indeed-they do have better access to many material luxuries than many of us Americans-Yes, I'm talking about these 'hispanics'. I often ask myself-"If many minorities (or undocumented people) suddenly end up with new SUV's or plasma flat screens, and even 2 or 3 Apple computers (which I know some that do), why do they 'cry' so much and want to be the mainstream of attention on the media all the time?" In my opinion, they're getting that attention, but with horrible turnouts, not for the better. All I hear now is killing, injuring, molesting, raping..it goes on and on-and it's by some hispanic dude mostly.

  7. DustyFields says:

    I noticed the Heritage chart said they "have" the items…wonder how many out right own them…probably still owe instead.
    Is the savings rate vs credit utilized by these people a better indicator? Perhaps vs taxes and income to the credit utilized (maxed)?

    Just wondering….

  8. Disgusted with T P says:

    You only protest high taxes YOU pay. You and the GOP, Romney especially, care nothing about the poor. If you did, you'd protest in their behalf. Stop lying and admit the truth, if any of you have the guts.