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In the U.S.:
2020: Child poverty in the US is at an all-time low and saying otherwise does not help American families
“[The] real incomes of [American] households in poverty are several times greater than commonly reported [at least in the mainstream, left wing media]. The official poverty/income statistics — published by the Census Bureau and widely used by governments and media outlets — exclude a vast array of goods and services that poor people receive from governments and charities. Thus, they ignore Food Stamps (an average of $3,096 per household per year), Medicaid (an average of $7,816 per person per year), Section 8 rent vouchers (an average of $8,586 per household per year), Head Start childcare and preschool benefits (an average of $11,417 per child per year) [and numerous] other government programs provide utility assistance, college grants, school lunch, school breakfast, community health centers, family planning services, prescription drugs, job training, legal services, cell phones, cell phone service, and internet service… In 2019, the IRS estimated that 55% of all income not reported to the IRS by third parties (like employers) is never reported to the IRS by the people who receive the money. [In addition too all that,] U.S. citizens donate about $50 billion each year to charities that provide ‘direct services to people in need‘ — an average of $1,471 for every person who is reportedly below the ‘poverty’ line… All told, the poorest 20% of U.S. households consumed an average of $57,049 of goods and services in 2010 (latest data), while reporting only $11,034 in pre-tax cash income. That last figure is used to determine the official poverty rate, but the first one represents their total income.”
2019: Poorest Americans Benefiting Most From Capitalism
Poorest Americans Are Benefiting Most From Strong Economy
[Remind us again, who was the U.S. President responsible for the economy through the second half of the 20-teens?]
“[T]he vast bulk of [Americans] in ‘poverty’ work very little or not at all. In fact, only 27% of adults in poverty during 2018 were in the labor force for at least half of the year.”
The Curious Problem of Obesity among the Poor
“How can obesity among the poor be such a problem? People who are truly poor would have a hard time providing enough food for their children, not the other way around, right?”
[Actually, there is nothing “curious” about that problem at all. We know exactly why so many poor Americans are also obese.]
“Poor” Americans devote nearly 25% of their total annual expenditures [which, for the poor, is almost identical to their total annual income since they rarely save or invest any of their income — and most of that “income” they didn’t earn; it was forcibly, but legally, transferred to them from non-poor, working Americans by way of various taxes and welfare programs] on high-calorie sugary drinks & desserts and high-fat dairy products.
Liberal policy proposals intended to correct income inequality are based on completely bogus data
“[M]any poor Americans would be middle class if they lived in Europe.”
Study finds America’s poorest 20% consume more than national averages of most European and OECD nations
America’s Poorest Are Richer Than 60 Percent of Developed Countries
“We hear and read stories such as… ‘Since 2000 Wage Growth Has Barely Grown.‘ But we should not believe it… The bottom line is that prior to the government shutdown of our economy in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Americans [including “poor” Americans] were becoming richer and richer.”
“In 1936, most black people lived in gross material poverty and racial discrimination. Such poverty and discrimination is all but nonexistent today… The poverty we have today is spiritual poverty. Spiritual poverty is an absence of what traditionally has been known as various human virtues. Much of that spiritual poverty is a result of public and private policy that rewards inferiority and irresponsibility. Chief among the policies that reward inferiority and irresponsibility is the welfare state. When some people know they can have children out of wedlock, drop out of school and refuse employment and suffer little consequence and social sanction, one should not be surprised to see the growth of such behavior. Today’s out-of-wedlock births among blacks is over 70%, but in the 1930s, it was 11%… [I]t is fashionable and politically correct to blame today’s 21% black poverty on racial discrimination. That is nonsense. Why? The poverty rate among black husband-and-wife families has been in the single digits for more than two decades. Can anyone produce evidence that racists discriminate against black female-headed families but not black husband-and-wife families? [Answer: No.]… Black people have made tremendous gains over the years that came as a result of hard work, sacrifice and a no-nonsense approach to life. Recovering those virtues can provide solutions to many of today’s problems.”
[Those last two articles were written by a black American hero with a Ph.D. in Economics who also, sadly, passed away in late 2020.]
“Calling people in particular income brackets ‘the poor‘ or ‘the rich‘ implicitly assumes that they are enduring residents in those brackets, when in fact most Americans do not stay in the same income quintile from one decade to the next.”
[That article is about a book written by another black American hero, also with a Ph.D. in Economics who is, thankfully, very much still alive.]
“… there is a prevailing sentiment that the middle class and the poor have been left behind… Much of this sentiment stems from official measures, which paint a bleak picture of the well-being of the middle class and the poor… This grim picture is inaccurate for several reasons.”
According the U.S. government’s own numbers, there is no poverty left in America.
“... [President Obama’s] own government [found] that the 46 million living below the so-called ‘poverty line’ live and spend pretty much like everyone else.“
“Regrettably, most discussions of poverty in the U.S. rely on sensationalism, exaggeration, and misinformation. But an effective anti-poverty policy must be based on an accurate assessment of actual living conditions and the causes of deprivation. In the long term, grossly exaggerating the extent and severity of material deprivation in the U.S. will benefit neither he poor, the economy, nor society as a whole.“
“[T]he average poor family, as defined by Census officials:
* Lives in a home that is in good repair, not crowded, and equipped with air conditioning, clothes washer and dryer, and cable or satellite TV service.
* Prepares meals in a kitchen with a refrigerator, coffee maker and microwave as well as oven and stove.
* Enjoys two color TVs, a DVD player, VCR and — if children are there — an Xbox, PlayStation, or other video game system.
* Had enough money in the past year to meet essential needs, including adequate food and medical care.“
[Dr. Robert Rector’s full report, cited in that article, was — published in 2015 by The Heritage Foundation and is available here .]
“… [health] inequality has declined dramatically [in the U.S.] over the past century [without Obamacare]. It has continued to decline even in the past 40 years, a period over which it is generally thought that income inequality has risen considerably.“
“… the number of those filing tax returns who pay no income taxes now… amount[s] to a staggering 41% of all tax returns. Compare that with 1990, when only about 21% of tax returns were found to have no tax liability.“
[ASND reminds readers that those 41% of U.S. citizens who pay no income taxes at all are not the so-called “ 1% ” rich .]
The elderly are better off than advertised
‘Poverty tour’ stirs debate about whether Obama policies have helped African Americans
“… in 2000 the difference in life expectancy for people from deprived areas was 6.5 years less than those from the most affluent areas, but by 2005 this had reduced to 4.2 years.“
2013: Crime Was Down in L.A., Local Newspaper Was Baffled
“[Because] here in Los Angeles the economic news has been even worse these past few years than it has been in the country as a whole.“
[The liberal narrative regarding crime, of course, is that poverty causes crime . Like all liberal narratives, though, this, too, is demonstrably false.]
“… over the past 40 years measured productivity has increased 100 percent and average compensation has risen 77 percent.“
The War on Poverty’s Biggest Casualties: Blacks
Race Gap: Blacks Fell [Economically] Further Behind Under Obama
9 Things You Should Know About Poverty in America
Around the World:
Extreme poverty in the world has decreased considerably in the past three decades
The most remarkable achievement in human history, and one you probably never heard about.
In the last 20 years the proportion of the world population living in extreme poverty has almost halved.
“… the [World Bank] data indicate a decline in both the poverty rate and the number of poor in all six regions of the developing world.”
Obese now outnumber hungry
“In the last three decades, the number of adults estimated to be obese in the developing world has almost quadrupled to 904 million, overtaking the number in rich countries.“
Continued economic growth [i.e. capitalism] in developing countries has improved incomes and access to food. Recent increases in agricultural productivity growth, supported by increased public investment [i.e. socialism], and renewed interest of private investors in agriculture [i.e. capitalism], has improved food availability.
Despite these improvements, Asia [led by socialist/communist China] has the largest share of the world’s hungry people (some 552 million), but Sub-Saharan Africa [which is dominated by socialist countries ] remains the region with the highest prevalence of undernourishment
Meanwhile, the rest of the capitalist world currently produces enough food for everyone on the planet to have at least 2,720 calories per person per day (the equivalent of 13.5 cups of rice).
Bono: “Capitalism takes more people out of poverty than aid”
“The total number of individuals without electric power is put at about 1.5 billion, or a quarter of the world’s population, concentrated mostly in Africa and southern Asia.“
[All of that is true, but poverty certainly does still remain in many places around the world — especially in Africa. So what is causing the slowness of economic progress there compared to other, underdeveloped places in the world?]
Millions in Africa Being Sacrificed to Extreme Poverty, Premature Death on Altar of ‘Green Energy’
Moral and cultural inequality, not income inequality, are the real problems facing society
The Research Proves The No. 1 Social Justice Imperative Is Marriage
Marital status has increasingly become the central factor in whether our neighbors rise above, remain, or descend into poverty.
Marriage: America’s Greatest Weapon Against Child Poverty
“[Among the] causes of inner-city poverty [is] the de-industrialization of the United States. During the 2016 presidential election, it was President Trump who highlighted this problem, while Democrats have often ignored it. De-industrialization (and the concomitant decimation of the labor unions) has left blacks in some ways worse off than before the Civil Rights movement. Yes, the black middle class has grown, and individual blacks have risen far, even to the White House. But the average wealth of a black family is a mere 1/10th that of the average white family, and blacks continue to disproportionately endure unemployment, underemployment, low wage employment and incarceration.”
[The author of that article actually attributed U.S. de-industrialization with primacy regarding urban poverty. That is false (as are a couple other things he claims in the article), as the rest of the data presented on this page validate. But his point about Trump making this point in 2016, while Hillary Clinton ignored it, is accurate.]
What Black Lives Matter Overlooks
The first factor is the negative effect that welfare has had on lower-income communities.
Fatherlessness and crime have also inevitably resulted in increased police presence in black communities.
“… the notion that unemployment causes crime runs into some obvious difficulties. For one thing, the 1960s, a period of rising crime, had essentially the same unemployment rate as the late 1990s and early 2000s, a period when crime fell. Further, during the Great Depression, when unemployment hit 25 percent, the crime rate in many cities went down… [and] when the recent recession struck… [a]s the national unemployment rate doubled from around 5 percent to nearly 10 percent, the property-crime rate, far from spiking, fell significantly.“
Sorry U.N., Countries Are Poor Thanks To Bad Policy, Not A Lack Of Cash
What causes poverty in America?
What Was Driving High Poverty Numbers [in 2012] ?
Single mother families make up half of all households in poverty
Why Is The Latino Poverty Rate So High?
Drug Overdose Now the Leading Cause of Death Among Homeless Adults in Boston
“… it is the dramatic expansion of eligibility for these programs — spreading their benefits well into the middle class — that has driven the explosion of [federal entitlement] spending. Today, more than half of the [welfare] benefits allocated through programs we think of as ‘anti-poverty’ efforts actually go to people above the poverty line as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau. As a result, our poverty programs — once justified and defended as a safety net for Americans truly in need — exist, increasingly, to make life more comfortable for the middle class.“
Since the War on Poverty began in 1964, welfare spending has skyrocketed
The American Welfare State:
How We Spend Nearly $1 Trillion a Year Fighting Poverty — and Fail
Massive amounts of government “stimulus” have done virtually nothing for the poor, other than providing an increasing disincentive to work.
“United States [taxpayers] spent over $60,000 [in 2011] to support welfare programs per each household that is in poverty.“
Study: More Than Half a Trillion Dollars Spent on Welfare But Poverty Levels Unaffected
Despite hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars spent…
The official poverty rate has declined minimally since the late 1960s
[Obviously, then — at least to liberals –, the solution to this problem is to spend even more of other people’s tax money.]
Obama’s food stamp epidemic
The Food-Stamp Crime Wave
The number of food-stamp recipients has soared to 44 million from 26 million in 2007. Not surprisingly, fraud and abuse were rampant under Obama.
Seattle welfare recipient lives in million-dollar home
Liberalism & Poverty:
The Left Completely Misses the Point on Poverty in America
Why are left-wing activist groups so keen on registering the poor to vote?
Because they know the poor can be counted on to vote themselves more benefits by electing [liberals].
How the Dual Income Destroys the Lower Classes
The Class Warfare We Need
Five myths about healthy eating
Obama’s Poverty Measure ‘Spreads the Wealth’
New measures of poverty serve only to justify the welfare state.
Homeless Lady with 15 Kids: ‘Somebody Needs to Pay for All My Children’
Conservatism & Poverty:
Effective compassion doesn’t settle for handouts; it goes beyond material need
How to Fight Poverty — and Win
“One of the most notable shifts [in the electorate] is the GOP gain among… the poor.“
Does Advocating Limited Government Mean Abandoning the Poor?
House Republican Budget Plan Would Benefit the Poor
Yardsticks commonly used by the federal government and international organizations to measure poverty in America and other countries are inconsistent with each other
Basically, the poor play all the lotteries.