Tuesday, September 11, 2007

liberaliars and the myth about american poverty

Liberal Lie From Liberaliar Senator John Edwards (regarding the data released from the U.S. Census Bureau's Housing and Household Economic Statistics Division"):

"The reality that we have two Americas was confirmed again today by new data from the Census Bureau. These statistics show what most Americans know: tens of millions of our fellow citizens are completely left out of the economic progress enjoyed by the individuals and corporations on the very top.
"With an increase in Americans without health insurance by two million to 47 million, nearly 37 million Americans still living in poverty and continued high levels of inequality, the need for fundamental change in our government is obvious.
"We simply cannot stand by while tens of millions of our fellow citizens go without the necessities of life. We need truly universal health care and a national effort to eliminate poverty. But neither of these basic steps to building One America is possible without bringing fundamental change to Washington."
According to Census Bureau data released today, the number of people without health insurance rose from 45 million in 2005 to 47 million to 2006. The number of Americans in poverty remained statistically unchanged at about 37 million. Median household income increased by 1.1 percent after inflation to $48,200.

Here are some hard numbers to add a little perspective to the rantings of the Liberaliar from Carolina:

1. 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.
2. Eighty percent of poor households have air conditioning. By contrast, in 1970, only 36 percent of the entire U.S. population enjoyed air conditioning.
3. Only 6 percent of poor households are over­crowded. More than two-thirds have more than two rooms per person.
4. 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.)
5. 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.
6. Seventy-eight percent have a VCR or DVD player; 62 percent have cable or satellite TV reception.
7. Eighty-nine percent own microwave ovens, more than half have a stereo, and more than a third have an automatic dishwasher.

Conservative Truth: Poverty, as understood by the rest of the world, has largely been eradicated here in the U.S. That would make America the first country in history to defeat poverty. Liberaliars like Edwards don't want you to believe that because the myth of poverty enables liberaliars to expand their own personal power. The free market works, despite the maniacal rantings of dimwitted Democrats!


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