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Which nation has the world's richest "poor" people?

The typical American defined as "poor" by the government has a car, air conditioning, a refrigera­tor, a stove, a clothes washer and dryer, and a micro­wave. He has two color televisions, cable or satellite TV reception, a VCR or DVD player, and a stereo. He is able to obtain medical care. His home is in good repair and is not overcrowded. By his own report, his family is not hungry and he had suffi­cient funds in the past year to meet his family's essential needs. While this individual's life is not opulent, it is equally far from the popular images of dire poverty conveyed by the press, liberal activists, and politicians. The following are facts about persons defined as "poor" by the Census Bureau, taken from various gov­ernment reports: Forty-three percent of all poor households actu­ally own their own homes. The average home owned by persons classified as poor by the Census Bureau is a three-bedroom house with one-and-a-half baths, a garage, and a porch or patio. Eighty percent of poor households have air conditioning. By contrast, in 1970, only 36 percent of the entire U.S. population enjoyed air conditioning. Only 6 percent of poor households are over­crowded. More than two-thirds have more than two rooms per person. The average poor American has more living space than the average individual living in Paris, London, Vienna, Athens, and other cities throughout Europe. (These comparisons are to the average citizens in foreign countries, not to those classified as poor.) Nearly three-quarters of poor households own a car; 31 percent own two or more cars. Ninety-seven percent of poor households have a color television; over half own two or more color televisions. Seventy-eight percent have a VCR or DVD player; 62 percent have cable or satellite TV reception. Eighty-nine percent own microwave ovens, more than half have a stereo, and more than a third have an automatic dishwasher. As a group, America's poor are far from being chronically undernourished. The average consump­tion of protein, vitamins, and minerals is virtually the same for poor and middle-class children and, in most cases, is well above recommended norms. http://www.heritage.org/Research/Welfare/bg2064.cfm

Asked By: Dead Marxist - 9/10/2007
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It reminds me of the lyrics to the Elton John song, "The B.itch is Back": "Times are changing, now the poor get fat... More
Answered By: pachl@sbcglobal.net - 9/10/2007
Additional Answers (15)
America.
Answered By: The Right. - 9/10/2007
 
definitely Kuwait or Saudi Arabia
Answered By: Paul - 9/10/2007
 
We do. That is a correct assessment!
Answered By: suthrnlyts - 9/10/2007
 
so.. the fact they are fed and have about $1,000 in goods... More
Answered By: g - 9/10/2007
 
Absolutely. The question is why is there such an income disparity and poverty and people going hungry when we can afford to feed our citizenry.
Answered By: Goldenrae9 - 9/10/2007
 
I know Americans like to congratulate each other on how great we all are, but I think Norway is the correct answer. Everyone is wealthy in Norway, I don't think there is poverty at all due to the wealth created from the oil in the Norh Sea... More
Answered By: email - 9/10/2007
 
We also have the fattest poor people on the planet. Of course, don't you dare ever mention that fact. No, that would be too mean.
Answered By: tx_trotter95 - 9/10/2007
 
I think if you were not relying on Faux News as a source, it might be a country like Sweden. High taxes but the social safety net is hard to fall through.
Answered By: rhino9joe - 9/10/2007
 
America does, but the Cost of Living balances it out. These "facts" are bogus. Here's the actual results of the Census, the findings are a mixed bag- some good news, some not: http://www.census.gov/prod/2007pubs/p60-233.pdf
Answered By: beardog4314 - 9/10/2007
 
DM, you're apt to cause a kind of ideological limbo for some of these libs. If America isn't to blame, what will the conversation center around? They can only lie to one another about being vegans for so long.
Answered By: illiberal Illuminati - 9/10/2007
 
I guess people in homeless shelters or living on the street don't qualify as "poor".
Answered By: jrldsmith - 9/10/2007
 
OOHHH great, we have the richest poor people... More
Answered By: nimisisprime - 9/10/2007
 
AMERICA for sure.
Answered By: jerry z - 9/10/2007
 
and your point is_________?
Answered By: X-man - 9/10/2007
 
You're right. The United States of America. Where else in the world do poor people own cars, cell phones, TV sets and computers???
Answered By: SallyJM - 9/11/2007
 
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