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?
Are they deprived?
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.