Fifteen Facts About US Poverty the Government Hides

Yay! Another list. The usual is reported:

  • Poor households routinely report spending $2.40 for every $1 of income the Census says they have.
  • The average poor American lives in a house or apartment that is in good repair and has more living space than the average nonpoor person in France, Germany, or England.
  • Eighty-five percent of poor households have air conditioning.
  • Nearly three-fourths of poor households have a car or truck, and 31 percent have two or more cars or trucks.
  • Nearly two-thirds of poor households have cable or satellite TV.
  • Half have a personal computer; 43 percent have internet access.
  • Two-thirds have at least one DVD player
  • More than half of poor families with children have a video game system, such as an Xbox or PlayStation.
  • One-third have a wide-screen plasma or LCD TV.

(heck, I don’t even have some of that stuff). However, this struck me more:

The left claims that one in 25 families with children live in “extreme poverty” on less than $2 per person per day. Government surveys of self-reported spending by families show the actual number is one in 4,469, not one in 25. The typical family allegedly in “extreme poverty” reports spending $25 for every $1 of income the left claims they have.

I’m concerned that my donations to “the poor” are not really ending up where I think they are.

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