Article by Thomas Sowell — Each of us may have his own idea of what poverty means — especially those of us who grew up in poverty. But what poverty means politically and in the media is whatever the people who collect statistics choose to define as poverty. This is not just a question of semantics. The whole future of the welfare state depends on how poverty is defined. “The poor” are the human shields behind whom advocates of ever bigger spending for ever bigger government use to advance toward their goal. Read more at How Images Of ‘Poor,’ ‘Elderly’ Distort Reality – Investors.com.