General Interest, State and Local

Redefining poverty in America

As Congress struggles to find a way to cut spending as part of raising the $14 trillion debt ceiling, they should take a close look at the more than $1 trillion spent every year on welfare. You’ll be surprised to learn that many of the 30 million Americans defined as “poor” and in need of government assistance aren’t quite what you’d expect—rather than homeless and on the streets, the average poor American household has luxuries like air conditioning, cable TV, and X-box video game consoles.  Read the details and see the charts at



One thought on “Redefining poverty in America

  1. “Poor” is a relative term. Our poor are relatively wealthy if compared to most of the rest of the world. Walk through any “poor” section of any American big city and tell me how many mud huts you see, how many homes without running water or electricity, how many skinny kids with extended bellies. The left in this country has defined poor as “not having everything you want.” With today’s policies of wealth redistribution, being poor means not having someone else’s wealth.

    Posted by Prince of Peeps | July 19, 2011, 2:21 pm

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