The Myth of Poverty

Poor person in the USA

Fat lady

Poor Person in Africa

In America, we hear a lot of talk of poverty.  I am here to tell there is no poverty problem in America.  We do have an envy problem, but no poverty problem.  Take my mother, for example. She claims that she did not grew up poor.  She grew up in a foreign country in the 30s and 40s. She did not have indoor plumbing or electricity. She had to carry jugs on her head to the well to get water. She had to use an outhouse to go to bathroom. Imagine that. Show me anyone, besides the Amish, in America that doesn’t have indoor plumbing,  My father who also claims that he did not grew up poor. He comes from Massachusetts and grew up in the 40s. One day he took me to his old neighborhood and he points out an old building and says that is where we took showers.  I said, “What?” Apparently he did not have hot water in his apartment building, they called them cold water flats.  Imagine traveling across the street in winter to take a shower. Show anyone in the North who doesn’t have hot water.

Growing up I had friends who lived in the projects. I would go over their homes to watch T.V. because they got every cable station. My father didn’t want to pay for cable. “Why pay for TV when you can get it for free.” He would say. I was once volunteering in the south Bronx working on a food truck that gave away free sandwiches to the “poor.” I kid you not, that nearly everyone was fat and had on better clothes than me. I talked to one homeless guy and he told me his day is basically going from one soup kitchen to the next one. If you are hungry in America you can choose from several food pantries and soup kitchens.

But you say there are homeless that is surely evidence of poverty. Not if you ask the question why are people homeless? Because homeless shelters have rules and they don’t want to follow them. You can’t start fights. You can’t drink. You have to be in at a certain time and you have to leave early in the morning. The people you see on the streets are the ones that don’t want to follow the rules.

Only in the USA do you see headlines like the ones below without even the hint of irony in them and no, they are not from the Onion.

Poverty And Obesity: Breaking The Link
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/susan-blumenthal/poverty-obesity_b_1417417.html

The (Still) Misunderstood Poverty-Obesity Connection
http://news.change.org/stories/the-still-misunderstood-poverty-obesity-connection

Tackling Obesity Amid Poverty In A Mississippi County
http://www.npr.org/2011/08/09/139238924/tackling-obesity-amid-poverty-in-a-mississippi-county

We have a big problem America. Poor people get TOO much food.  The rest of the world must think we are complete joke. In other countries poor people STARVE because the lack of food, here they eat too much. So let’s raise taxes on the middle class to give poor people gym memberships and put them on a diet. The sad part is, the thing that eliminated poverty in the USA, free enterprise, is precisely the same thing the so called defenders of the poor want to attack. Oh well.

Here are so more facts about the so called “poor”:

  • 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.

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