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Census: Most ‘Poor’ Americans Since 1965

From a suddenly noticing Associated Press:

Census: 1 in 7 Americans live in poverty

By HOPE [sic] YEN [sic] (AP)
September 16, 2010

WASHINGTON — The number of people living in poverty has climbed to 14.3 percent of Americans, with the ranks of working-age poor reaching the highest level since at least 1965.

The Census Bureau says that about 43.6 million people, or 1 in 7, were in poverty last year. That’s up from 39.8 million, or 13.2 percent, in 2008

Who can claim that we are better off than we were before the advent of Obama? Or, most specifically, since the Democrats took control of Congress in January 2007?

Maybe government employees and public sector people can make that claim. But few else.

Of course one country’s “poverty” is another country’s living high on the hog.

According to the Heritage Foundation’s 2004 article, Understanding Poverty In America:

Forty-six percent of all poor households actually own their own homes. The average home owned by persons classified as poor by the Census Bureau is a three bedroom house with one and a half baths, a garage, and a porch or patio.

Seventy-six percent of poor households have air conditioning. By contrast, 30 years ago, only 36 percent of the entire U.S. population enjoyed air conditioning.

The average poor American has more living space than the average individual living in Paris, London, Vienna, Athens, and other cities throughout Europe. (These comparisons are to the average citizens in foreign countries, not to those classified as poor.)

Nearly three quarters of poor households own a car; 30 percent own two or more cars.

Ninety-seven percent of poor households have a color television; over half own two or more color televisions.

Seventy-eight percent have a VCR or DVD player; 62 percent have cable or satellite TV reception.

Seventy-three percent own microwave ovens, more than half have a stereo, and a third have an automatic dishwasher.

Still, who can doubt that we are heading in the wrong direction if we have as many people “living in poverty” as we did before we began the many trillion dollar ‘War On Poverty’?

Of course, this is all good news for Mr. Obama and the Democrats, who are hell bent on creating a ‘permanent underclass’ to be their permanent power base.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, September 16th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

14 Responses to “Census: Most ‘Poor’ Americans Since 1965”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    This house went Galt six months after His Kenyan-ness’ election. We’ve had no income whatsoever. We refuse to participate. I wonder how many of us formerly productive contributors to the economy there are in what is almost surely a skewed data-set to begin with?

    • wardmama4 says:

      We did too – sort of by requirement – long story about a VA program my husband is in. So it will be interesting to see exactly how much we ‘made’ in 2010 (officially) – but I know we went from the 1st (and only) year of making a tad more than the national average income – to close to the poverty level (What ever the heck that is now days). Just like my husband no longer working – added to those unemployed numbers – except that he couldn’t even consider applying for unemployment (see above about VA program) – so in realty he isn’t among those numbers.

      Yes I am sure that a lot of people are not in the mood to ‘contribute’ to this vast redistribution of wealth to The Won and his cronies.

      God Help America
      A Proud American Infidel

    • ptat says:

      Our income has been halved this year–and we are aspiring to make LESS. No more reaching for the stars, no more productivity in hopes we will be compensated–those days are gone….

    • Colonel1961 says:

      Never thought I’d see that day when I had to keep my income ‘down’ in order to avoid retribution based upon success. This is not the way we became the World’s economic super-power but it is the way we will march toward (further) mediocrity. Ugh.

  2. jobeth says:

    ” The average home owned by persons classified as poor by the Census Bureau is a three bedroom house with one and a half baths, a garage, and a porch or patio.”

    Please…don’t anyone show this stat to my husband…He’s going to be really p***ed to know that he could have a garage and still be poor!

    He won’t be placated with the fact we have 1/2 more bathrooms.

    All I hear is “I want a garage…”!

    Must be a man thing. lol

  3. untrainable says:

    I had no idea. I’M DESTITUTE!

  4. AcornsRNutz says:

    To be poor in America (even before the gov’t stipend comes in each month) is the crowning achievement in the pursuit of wealth in most of the world. Now I am not unsypmathetic to the plight of the less fortunate anywhere in the world, but I am prettty damn sick of being told I must be robbed by my government to help them and see very little evidence that living conditions have been improved in Africa OR America.

    • untrainable says:

      Come on Acorn. Have you seen the size of Al Gore’s House(s)? I’d say there’s been great improvement in living conditions since 2000, for the uber lefties and the greenies. And where would Princess Pelosi be without her custom plane. O Wo Is Her…

      This is the purpose of redistribution. The elite get eliter, and the poor get a widescreen TV, and the rest of us working schlubs have to give back what we have stolen (worked for) from the poor teat sucking schlubs who don’t feel like working. (How can we have stolen from them that which they never had? Just a thought.) As the wrong Rev Al Sharpton said, (I’ll paraphrase since I don’t speak moron) “It’s all about everyone having the same stuff.”

    • AcornsRNutz says:

      Agreed. I should start selling carbon credits like Howie Carr

  5. proreason says:

    “To be poor in America (even before the gov’t stipend comes in each month) is the crowning achievement in the pursuit of wealth in most of the world.”

    If the government and people reverted to the American standard of living circa 2000, every economic problem would poof disappear.

    And for individuals, it would hardly be a burdensome act. No ipods or ipads. No flat-screen TVs. Only front airbags on cars. Foresake medicines developed since 2000. No CAT scans. 50 fewer cable choices. 200-500 fewer square feet in your house. 1/2 bathroom less, Cell phones in black and white and no internet downloads. etc. 10% fewer grocery store choices. This is hardly stuff you can’t live without. Many readers here already do much of that and more.

    Of course, the government would suffer much greater. Government bureaucrats’ incomes would be 50% less. There would be millions of fewer government jobs. Thousands fewer buildings. Staffs would be chopped in half. One or two fewer cabinet level departments. Earnmarks would be tens of billions less. All of that would be intolerable to the Ruling Class.

    • Colonel1961 says:

      As my 79-year-old Mother and I discussed the other day, even our ‘poor people’ have luxuries that would have been absolutely absurd to her generation or – as PR mentions – ten years ago. The only poor people in America are living under bridges. The rest are less well-off at best, or whining about relative deprivation at worst…

    • beautyofreason says:

      Good point Colonel. My grandmother attended a primary school with a straw floor during the Great Depression. Yet she wasn’t the poorest of the poor because she lived on a rural property with her family and they grew food.

      Many of our “poor” would be considered privileged compared to people 20, 30, 50 years ago. Liberals complain that capitalism yields unequal outcomes, but I’ve seen no other system that can take us from a clunky walkman to an ipod nano in the span of thirty years. The market enriches all of us, even the destitute. The average citizen of Cuba doesn’t have as much as your average poor person here.

      In any case a lot of so-called necessities aren’t really that important. Food, water, shelter, a shower, basic furniture, transportation to work if you do work, and book or two – that’s all you need in survival mode.

  6. Coco Q. Rico says:

    And yet, the people at Politico are shocked that poor Americans still care about moral issues like abortion, instead of voting based on class warfare. I blogged these thoughts on the topic:


    Lately I have been curious as to why liberals first assume that rational people should only care about economic issues, then attack people who don’t care about economic issues as irrational, when the Left is supposedly a reaction against people who turn everything into a question of money.

  7. ptat says:

    Now if the Ruling Class can just get it to 6 in 7–there you go! A dictatorship!

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