Joined: Sun Aug 03, 2003 2:02 pm
Location: Erie, PA
Greetings:According to the
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the 2009 poverty level in the U.S. is
set at $22,000 for a 4-person urban family. They make up 15% of the population.
Here is how my household compares to those considered as living in poverty in the
- 43% of all poor households actually own their own homes.
- I own mine
- Average home owned by persons classified as poor by the Census
Bureau is a 3-bedroom house with 1-1/2 baths, a garage and a porch or patio.
is 3-bedroom, 1 bath, 1-car garage, no porch or patio.
- 80% percent of poor
households have air conditioning (btw, 1970, only 36 percent of the entire U.S. population
enjoyed air conditioning).
- I have A/C.
-6% of poor households are overcrowded;
only 2/3 have more than two rooms per person.
- I have 3 tiny bedrooms for 2 people
- just 1-1/2 rooms per person (The typical poor American has more living space than
the average individual living in Paris, London, Vienna, Athens and other cities throughout
- 3/4 of poor households own a car; 31 percent own two or more cars.
- I own one vehicle, a compact car.
- 97% of poor households have a color television;
over half own 2 or more color televisions.
- I have one LCD TV (26").
have a VCR or DVD player.
- I have a DVD player.
- 62% have cable or satellite
- I have cable TV (DISH Network, bottom-end package, $25/month).
- 89% own microwave ovens.
- I own a 0.9 cu.ft. microwave oven.
have a stereo.
- I do not own a setreo.
-1/3 have an automatic dishwasher.
- I installed a dishwasher washer.
So, that puts me in the same or worse situation
that the "poor" in the U.S. My living situation is by choice in order to remain within
my means and not burden anybody for anything. The "poor" pay nothing for my existence
while I'm paying for my own existence AND for theirs. They receive all manner of subsidies
from my tax dollars while they pay no taxes at all (only 50% of U.S. citizens pay any
income tax at all), and many receive the earned-income credit where they get a check
on top of paying nothing. They get free medical care, food stamps, fuel subsidies, housing
subsidies, free school and supplies for their kids, free clothes, free meals for their
kids (some schools send home dinner and weekend meal packs), free transportation where
It is pretty clear that even though there are people in the U.S.
who are truly "poor" through no fault of their own, the fact is that most live much
better than those no labeled "poor" in most other countries. I've spent my entire life
being a productive member of society, and not being a burden. Meanwhile, we have people
on film during the last election talking about how if they elect the right person, they
won't have to worry about buying gas for their cars or paying their rent anymore. What
a pathetic bunch my fellow Americans have become!
"A democracy cannot
exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the majority discovers
it can vote itself largess out of the public treasury.
After that, the majority always votes for the candidate
promising the most benefits with the result the democracy collapses because of the loose
fiscal policy ensuing, always to be followed by a dictatorship, then a monarchy."
- Alexander Fraser Tytler (a variation of Alexis de Tocqueville).
- Kirt Blattenberger
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