Category Archives: Poverty

1 in 2 Americans Poor?

So 1 in 2 American’s are poor or low income or so Facebook is telling me today. Click here if you don’t believe me.

Now this sounds terrible doesn’t it. Who wants to be poor? Not me. Who wants their neighbors to be poor? Not me. So what can we do to stop this poverty? Well first off let’s take a look at what is defined as “poor” or “low income” American style.

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

  • 80 percent of poor households have air conditioning. In 1970, only 36 percent of the entire U.S. population enjoyed air conditioning.
  • 92 percent of poor households have a microwave.
  • Nearly three-fourths have a car or truck, and 31 percent have two or more cars or trucks.
  • Nearly two-thirds have cable or satellite TV.
  • Two-thirds have at least one DVD player, and 70 percent have a VCR.
  • Half have a personal computer, and one in seven have two or more computers.
  • More than half of poor families with children have a video game system, such as an Xbox or PlayStation.
  • 43 percent have Internet access.
  • One-third have a wide-screen plasma or LCD TV.
  • One-fourth have a digital video recorder system, such as a TiVo.

WTF!?!?!!? I”M FRICKIN” POOR!!!! WHEN DID THIS HAPPEN!!??!?!?!?!?!

Perhaps we have a skewed idea of what poor is.