Now hear we are 5 years later and apparently I have done pretty good for myself. Let’s see how the Heritage Foundation stacks me up based on the Census Bureau’s findings. How "Poor" are America's Poor?
* 38 percent of the persons whom the Census Bureau identifies as "poor" own their own homes with a median value of $39,200. Ok, doing better here as my house is worth a helluva lot more than that.
* 62 percent of "poor" households own a car; 14 percent own two or more cars. Still haven’t improved in this field. Maybe I should buy a Harley to un-poor myself.
* Nearly half of all "poor" households have air-conditioning; 31 percent have microwave ovens. Still poorer than half the population as I do not have air conditioning. At least not installed. I do have a microwave.
* Nationwide, some 22,000 "poor" households have heated swimming pools or Jacuzzis. Huh? Not just a swimming pool but a heated swimming pool? WTF? Jacuzzis?!?!?!?!? I am poorer than these rich folk.
All snarkiness aside, lets see what The Heritage Foundation goes on to say about the findings.
A key reason that the Census undercounts the financial resources of the "poor"
is that, remarkably, it ignores nearly all welfare spending when calculating the
"incomes" of persons in poverty. Thus, as far as the Bureau is concerned,
billions of dollars in in-kind benefits to poor Americans have no effect on
their incomes. Out of $184 billion in welfare spending, the Census counts only
$27 billion as income for poor persons.
I get the feeling someone wants the results to end up a certain way. How do you not count money received as income? It is like $157 billion went up in smoke.
The Heritage Foundation suggests we look at reality when it comes to determing who or what is poor.
The Census Bureau's poverty reports should be replaced by a new survey that
counts income and assets accurately. With accurate counting, the number of poor
persons would be shown to be only a small fraction of the Census Bureau's
current estimate of 31.8 million.
Let's go back to the 22,000 "poor" households that have a pool or jacuzzi. How does a poor person afford this? Let's face it. The poor people in this country aren't in fact poor. They are much better off than others is many countries. They have the cars, the bling, and electronics but dont' work.
Makes me feel like a chump for working.