I have blogged about this topic before. And I will link back to that article. [I am still looking through my old posts. I didn't know I had that many.]
But, this focus is a little different than my previous blog post.
In that post, I focused on mere numbers. Simple mathematics. Everyone in the USA is in the top 10% of the world’s wealth. I think that number was actually the top 2% of the entire world.
This post is about a slightly different method of measuring ‘wealth’ and ‘rich.’
Instead of ‘money’ what do someone in ‘poverty’ in the US ‘have.’
From the Heritage Foundation.
I was looking for a different article, and it is difficult to search for real data on American poverty. But, all I found was this article.
So, most of US are shown pictures of starving children. We are told in the Media that all the poor are homeless. They live in shelters, and they live in their cars (if they are ‘lucky.’)
But, that is FAR from the truth.
Our (non-working) poor, I hope these are on the very bottom, are RICH. Not just in terms of the world today, but in the history of the USA.
Just 50 years ago, only the richest Americans had air conditioning. The rest were lucky if they had fans. 100 years ago, only the very richest had a car. And those cars usually had hand cranks. And no air conditioning, radio, or CD players.
The poor in America have an average housing space which is significantly larger than the average in Europe (AVERAGE). That means our ‘poor’ live in much larger homes than the middle class in Europe.
They have TV’s. And the internet. And CABLE TV, or satellite. And cell phones.
Cable – at least $100 a month ($1200 / year) after tax money. Internet, at least $50 / month ($600 / year). And a cell phone $600 / year.
But, the biggest difference?
The poor in America have cars and air-conditioning.
They may struggle to pay for their cars, gas, cell-phones, Internet, computers, TV’s, and air conditioning, but they have all of that.
Food is not even a worry. They do not worry day to day about ‘food.’
Real poverty? Those people worry the rest of their lives about food day to day. Even when they get beyond poverty, they hoard food.
So, why are we led to believe that the ‘poor’ in America are in such dire circumstances?
Because that makes poverty a crisis.
And a crisis means the elite get the opportunity for more control. POWER.
Both the ‘right’ and the ‘left’ are guilty of this.
As I have blogged in the past, welfare is 1/3rd of our Federal Deficit. Cut that in half, and you balance the budget and begin paying off the debt. And you are only back to 2008 spending levels.
When people worry about spending on computers, internet, and phones, we are spending TOO MUCH on welfare.
Don’t you agree?
PS The article I looked for mentioned that about 50% of people on means tested welfare are buying their own homes.
Someday, I should post this link for a separate post. Govt hides 1 in 5 welfare families do not work in any manner.