How Much Do Those in Power Love Poverty?

Enough, apparently, to grossly overstate and misrepresent the number of impoverished people in the US.  According to a new report by the Heritage Foundation, which analyzed US government poverty statistics, current poverty measures do not include income and benefits from the USA’s massive social safety net.  They also provide no information on current living conditions of the so-called poor.  So what does the average impoverished household look like in the US?  Are they going hungry?

Enough Food to Eat over the Past Four Months

Are they deprived?

Amenities in Typical Households

Granted, these are averages – there are poor families who fall below (and above) the mean.  But to trumpet that 30 million Americans live in poverty is wrong.  The median poor family with children has more consumer crap than I do.

These crummy statistics really irritate me.  I spent 14 years working in third world (socialist) countries.  Now that was poverty — unless you worked for one of their rotten governments, of course.  Then you lived like a lord.  But I’m fed up with people telling me how awful capitalism is, and how much poverty it creates.  If this is capitalist poverty, then give me more capitalism.

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About Mystic Cowgirl

I worked overseas in the aid game for longer than I'd like to admit and learned several important things: 1) Third World countries aren't poor because America is rich. They're impoverished due to socialist governments that provide neither rule of law nor basic infrastructures; 2) These socialist governments redistribute wealth from taxpayers to the government workers. There's no benefit to the poor or downtrodden, and certainly not to the general welfare in terms of infrastructure improvements. 3) America is moving toward the Third World model. Rule of law has been subverted because equality under the law is disappearing as special interests carve out exemptions to regulations and special favors under the law. The redistribution of wealth to government began decades ago -- total compensation for government employees now outpaces salaries in the private sector.
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