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    I like to read this whenever I hear some sob story telling me the rich aren't really rich...

    "Understanding Poverty in the United States: Surprising Facts About America's Poor."

    Executive Summary

    Today, the Census Bureau released its annual poverty report, which declared that a record 46.2 million persons, or roughly one in seven Americans, were poor in 2010. The numbers were up sharply from the previous year’s total of 43.6 million. Although the current recession has increased the numbers of the poor, high levels of poverty predate the recession. In most years for the past two decades, the Census Bureau has declared that at least 35 million Americans lived in poverty.

    However, understanding poverty in America requires looking behind these numbers at the actual living conditions of the individuals the government deems to be poor. For most Americans, the word “poverty” suggests near destitution: an inability to provide nutritious food, clothing, and reasonable shelter for one’s family. However, only a small number of the 46 million persons classified as “poor” by the Census Bureau fit that description. While real material hardship certainly does occur, it is limited in scope and severity.

    The following are facts about persons defined as “poor” by the Census Bureau as taken from various government reports:

    ■80 percent of poor households have air conditioning. In 1970, only 36 percent of the entire U.S. population enjoyed air conditioning.
    ■92 percent of poor households have a microwave.
    ■Nearly three-fourths have a car or truck, and 31 percent have two or more cars or trucks.
    ■Nearly two-thirds have cable or satellite TV.
    ■Two-thirds have at least one DVD player, and 70 percent have a VCR.
    ■Half have a personal computer, and one in seven have two or more computers.
    ■More than half of poor families with children have a video game system, such as an Xbox or PlayStation.
    ■43 percent have Internet access.
    ■One-third have a wide-screen plasma or LCD TV.
    ■One-fourth have a digital video recorder system, such as a TiVo

    Money doesn't talk it swears.

    by Coss on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 10:32:49 AM PST

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