But poverty as the federal government defines it differs greatly from these images. Only 2 percent of the official poor are homeless. According to the government’s own data, the typical poor family lives in a house or apartment that’s not only in good repair but is larger than the homes of the average non-poor person in England, France or Germany. The typical “poor” American experiences no material hardships, receives medical care whenever needed, has an ample diet and wasn’t hungry for even a single day the previous year. According to the US Department of Agriculture, the nutritional quality of the diets of poor children is identical to that of upper middle class kids.Just a reminder.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
The New York Post reports on America's new expanding definition of poor. So poor, America's poor have it better than many average Europeans:
Posted by Steve Bartin at 4:31 AM