The Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions." --American Statesman Daniel Webster (1782-1852)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Poverty in America

I read this piece and it confirmed what I have already suspected and believe, the poor in America have it made.  you want to see poor people, go to the 3rd world in Africa or to the huts in South America, That is poverty, not what you see in America.  When I was delivering pizza, I delivered to a lot of poor peoples houses, they had section 8 approval, lived in middle/upper class neighborhoods, we pizza drivers knew who the poor were by certain indicators, they had the 50" plasma, the game system, the assorted GM products or Lexus with dub rims, and the lawn furniture doing double duty as living room furniture.  "we made jokes like" wings and sprite...the tip will be light"  There are soo many people getting assistance from the government like 1 out of 7, where is the self reliance.  Getting purpetual goodies from the "gubbment because it is free" is draining the reliance from the people and making them dependent on the government.  I give you examples like katrina, the people stayed and waited for the government to tell them what to do.  they have become sheep.  I understand the need to help, but when it becomes a crutch,or a way to get more stuff, it becomes a problem.  Even Obungler admits that generational welfare is bad and that is what we have.  Once you get goodies from the government, you will want to keep that benefit coming, and you will vote accordingly to the party that will keep the gravy coming.

Studies released yesterday by the Heritage Foundation show that 30 million Americans are living in “poverty,” according to the US Census Bureau.  Wow, that’s a pretty sizable number … until you remember that what it means to be “poor” in America has become a colossal joke.  How did this happen? It happened with Lyndon Johnson.  He was looking for ways to expand government social programs.  So he went to Social Security Administration and asked them to come up with a definition of poverty.  He made it clear – we need a definition that will enable us to expand our social welfare programs. So the Social Security Administration came up with a definition that is so absurd that we can inflate to unbelievable heights the supposed number of people living in poverty in the US.  These statistics are based on 2005 figures, but after reading the study you can conclude that these figures are pretty similar to our current economy.
  • The typical “poor” household in America has a car
  • 78% of “poor” households in America have air conditioning
  • 64% of “poor” households in America have cable or satellite TV .. most have two TVs, along with a DVD player and  VCR
  • Most “poor” households in America with children have a gaming system such as an Xbox or PlayStation
  • 38% of “poor” households in America have a personal computer
  • Most “poor” households in America have a refrigerator, an oven and stove, and a microwave. They also have other household appliances such as a clothes washer, clothes dryer, ceiling fans, a cordless phone, and a coffee maker.
  • The typical “poor” American has more living space than the average European.
  • The typical “poor” American family is able to obtain medical care when needed.
The average “poor” household in America claims to have sufficient funds to meet all essential needs.  What they are struggling to afford is air conditioning and cable TV, not food.

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