Do 5 Million Americans Really Live in Third World Poverty? | National Review

I do find it interesting that many people think the poor in the US are rich, but that households making $250k per year are middle class. Statistical illiteracy is alive and well.

In America, from it’s dawning days until about the 60s, there was a concept of regarding a group of the population in poverty as “the deserving poor”…that seems to have changed, and the mathematical set of “the deserving poor” has reduced from a large pool to a pool of 1…the prevailing thought today, seems to be, those who are poor are poor because of human and moral weakness, but if I am poor, well, its because of some tough breaks, and I am that group of “the deserving poor”.

Rich and poor are relative terms. After all, Bill and Hillary were “broke” when they left the white house.

Want to see poor? Go to Haiti, Somalia, or that socialist paradise Venezuela. The plight of the poorest of the poor in America are light-years ahead of the poor in these places. With our robust social safety programs such abject poverty simply doesn’t exist in the United States.

On the other side of the spectrum, there are lots of people in America who look like they are wealthy. Nice big brand new truck, nice house, fancy clothes, etc…but only have those things because of massive debt.


In the U.S. A., our poor have SNAP cards and other government benefits … just do the paperwork, plenty to eat, medical care, access to education, wide flat screen television sets, and high end cell phones. Los Angeles has poor who choose to live in tents … can’t force people to get out of the outside, although in winter, NYC does exactly that.

On any given night in 2017, nearly 554,000 people across the country were homeless, just under a 1 percent rise above 2016 levels.

They don’t, actually. Now, maybe that’s good, and maybe that’s bad, but there are an astonishing number of people sleeping on the streets and in the subways of New York City, no matter what the weather.

One has to wonder why that’s so. Maybe it’s hard to get employment in NYC if one doesn’t have much in the way of skills. There are places in this country where an unskilled person can get employment. Maybe those in NYC can’t afford to move. Maybe they’re addicted to something. Maybe they’re not sane.

I do know this. In the part of the country where I live, there are a few homeless who are temporarily so, but only temporarily so if they’re not drug addicts. Even addicts, though, seem to have places to go; the homes of others who are addicts, the homes of relatives, and so on.

The biggest number are people who are really insane; the delusional. Cops gather them up when they’re in danger of freezing or something else, and take them to a mental hospital. They get treated there and released. A month or two later, they’re back. Some of them have money, they just stop taking the meds they need when they start feeling better. It’s a cycle.

Whether that’s the case in NYC I couldn’t say.

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Bear in mind that you can offer people care but you can’t force them to stay.

I work with troubled teens in the foster care system. Unless they are held in juvie, the group homes etc are not lock down facilities. The kids can run away from the homes at any time they choose, and some do run frequently, which is then reported to the police. When they get picked up or tired of living on the street, they show up again for maybe a couple days or a week. It’s a troubled life they lead, bouncing between Police Custody, group homes, and living on the street.

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