|When you hear the word poverty, what visions come to your mind? For
me, it's pictures from the depression era. My parents and grand parents
lived through the depression. That's why it disturbs me when I hear Obama and the democrats claim that the
when he took office we were almost in a depression. Really?
I'm afraid the definition of poverty today has been so watered down it doesn't really mean much. Just a punch line for democrats to give away more money.
Below is a great story about what's considered poverty today. It's a real eye opener.
CNS News -Americans who live in households whose income is below the federal “poverty” level typically have cell phones (as well as landline phones), computers, televisions, video recorders, air conditioning, refrigerators, gas or electric stoves, and washers and dryers and microwaves, according to a newly released report from the Census Bureau.
In fact, 80.9 percent of households below the poverty level have cell phones, and a healthy majority—58.2 percent—have computers.
Fully 96.1 percent of American households in “poverty” have a television to watch, and 83.2 percent of them have a video-recording device in case they cannot get home in time to watch the football game or their favorite telephone show and they want to record it for watching later.
Refrigerators (97.8 percent), gas or electric stoves (96.6 percent) and microwaves (93.2 percent) are standard equipment in the homes of Americans in "poverty."
More than 83 percent have air-conditioning.
Interestingly, the appliances surveyed by the Census Bureau that households in poverty are least likely to own are dish washers (44.9 percent) and food freezers (26.2 percent).
However, most Americans in “poverty” do not need to go to a Laundromat. According to the Census Bureau, 68.7 percent of households in poverty have a clothes washer and 65.3 percent have a clothes dryer.
The estimates on the percentage of households in poverty that have these appliances were derived by the Census Bureau from its Survey of Income and Program Participation. The latest report on this survey, released this month, published data collected in 2011.
Here are the percentages of households below the poverty level that the Census Bureau estimates had the following appliances:
Clothes washer: 68.7%
Clothes dryer: 65.3%
Dish washer: 44.9%
Food freezer: 26.2%
Air conditioner: 83.4%
Video recorder/DVD: 83.2%
Cell phone: 80.9%
A lot people on public support today make more than many working class families. So don't tell me that people considered to be in poverty today can be compared to true poverty.