The poor have it great!

The poor have it great!

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Elaine

Houston, TX

#1 Jan 26, 2014
http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2007...

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.

Since: Jan 09

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#2 Jan 26, 2014
The just of it is, Elaine... is that YOU are counted amongst those poor.
girl, please

United States

#3 Jan 26, 2014
How dare those poor have things!!!!
Elaine

Houston, TX

#4 Jan 26, 2014
[QUOTE who="girl, please"]How dare those poor have things!!!![/QUOTE]

Agreed!

If you have a three bedroom house, cable TV and a cell phone, you are not poor.
fubar

Corona, CA

#5 Jan 26, 2014
Elaine wrote:
http://www.heritage.org/resear ch/reports/2007/08/how-poor-ar e-americas-poor-examining-the- plague-of-poverty-in-america
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.
What is the age breakdown.I would imagine a large chunk of the "poor" are senior citizens on fixed incomes. They probably own their homes after a lifetime of working.

Growing up in La Porte I knew only one family without air conditioning and they lived in a tar paper shack.In Jr. High my mother had to take me to a public health clinic @Lockwood and Lyon aves. where the pimps took their girls to get checked. It was a bad area and even tar paper shacks had window units.

Poor is a relative term. In the U.S. most poor people would be considered wealthy to most of the world. In European cities space is at a premium leading to much smaller living spaces even for the upper middle class. In Tokyo a bachelor apt.(one room) can cost a small fortune.

Would you begrudge a poor person of having a color tv?Or A.C.? As our American society advances, so does the meaning of what it is to be poor.

Since: Jan 09

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#6 Jan 26, 2014
fubar wrote:
<quoted text>What is the age breakdown.I would imagine a large chunk of the "poor" are senior citizens on fixed incomes. They probably own their homes after a lifetime of working.

Growing up in La Porte I knew only one family without air conditioning and they lived in a tar paper shack.In Jr. High my mother had to take me to a public health clinic @Lockwood and Lyon aves. where the pimps took their girls to get checked. It was a bad area and even tar paper shacks had window units.

Poor is a relative term. In the U.S. most poor people would be considered wealthy to most of the world. In European cities space is at a premium leading to much smaller living spaces even for the upper middle class. In Tokyo a bachelor apt.(one room) can cost a small fortune.

Would you begrudge a poor person of having a color tv?Or A.C.? As our American society advances, so does the meaning of what it is to be poor.
Elaine wants no one to have anything, she's a "let them eat cake" kind of gal.

It's true... by whose standards do you decide who is poor and who is not.

By SOME standards everyone in La Porte is poor.

By SOME standards EVERYONE... even the homeless guy on Main would be considered wealthy.

Poor... is relative to how much money you've got.

The more money you have... the more poor people there are in the world.

Since: Jan 09

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#7 Jan 26, 2014
By SOME standards... even wealthy people are considered poor.

You can have all the money in the world... and without the love of God in your heart... still be the poorest person.

Those who put love of money and the pursuit and earning of it first... and sacrifice God doing so, are amongst the poorest people on Earth.
Texan

Wichita, KS

#8 Jan 27, 2014
Thus sayeth the false prophet. Poor is a very subjective word as is rich, and I have been told that the love of money is the root of all evil, and that none come to The Father except thru The Son. I happen to believe both. And before the false one points out what a bad person I am, let me say I am a sinner and far from perfect, but I am working on it. Elain you have real problem with those folks that you deem beneath you.
Elaine

Houston, TX

#9 Jan 27, 2014
The poorest 5% of Americans are better off than 60% of the world's population. You can't consider someone poor if they own a three bedroom home, cable TV and a cell phone, regardless of their age.
Elaine

Houston, TX

#10 Jan 27, 2014
Heavy Fed wrote:
<quoted text>
Elaine wants no one to have anything, she's a "let them eat cake" kind of gal.
It's true... by whose standards do you decide who is poor and who is not.
By SOME standards everyone in La Porte is poor.
By SOME standards EVERYONE... even the homeless guy on Main would be considered wealthy.
Poor... is relative to how much money you've got.
The more money you have... the more poor people there are in the world.
No. You are the one that doesn't want people to have nice things. You don't want people to work or drive or save or eat well. Living on an old woman's garage is great for you but not for me.

I am all for owning lots of great stuff. Houses, cars jewelry, fine dining and exotic travel (all of which I have); just pay for it yourself. If you cannot afford your cable TV, or your cell phone then disconnect it.

Your envy is showing.

Since: Jan 09

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#11 Jan 27, 2014
Elaine wrote:
<quoted text>No. You are the one that doesn't want people to have nice things. You don't want people to work or drive or save or eat well. Living on an old woman's garage is great for you but not for me.

I am all for owning lots of great stuff. Houses, cars jewelry, fine dining and exotic travel (all of which I have); just pay for it yourself. If you cannot afford your cable TV, or your cell phone then disconnect it.

Your envy is showing.
It's a sickness, Elaine... owning things.

It's almost too much for me owning an iPhone.
Elaine

Houston, TX

#12 Jan 27, 2014
Heavy Fed wrote:
<quoted text>
It's a sickness, Elaine... owning things.
It's almost too much for me owning an iPhone.
Thanks for proving my point.

Since: Jan 09

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#13 Jan 27, 2014
Elaine wrote:
<quoted text>Thanks for proving my point.
You become your things, Elaine... if you own something... it becomes part of you.

I don't want to be the things I own... I much prefer to be myself.
Texan

Wichita, KS

#14 Jan 27, 2014
You only become things if you allow it to happen. Kind of like you becoming a doper Fed, you let it happen. Weak minded people like you become things.
Lomaxx

Katy, TX

#15 Jan 29, 2014
Fatass: Go buy some dope with your 'crazy' Social Security check and sit on you butt!
DP Cassie

Pasadena, TX

#16 Jan 29, 2014
Elaine wrote:
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No. You are the one that doesn't want people to have nice things. You don't want people to work or drive or save or eat well. Living on an old woman's garage is great for you but not for me.
I am all for owning lots of great stuff. Houses, cars jewelry, fine dining and exotic travel (all of which I have); just pay for it yourself. If you cannot afford your cable TV, or your cell phone then disconnect it.
Your envy is showing.
Elaine, the way I see it is that you may have a fine house, cars, jewelry, etc....BUT it can be taken away from you in a heartbeat...as it can me.

I know there are people who are milking the system for all it is worth, but in the same token there are people who are on welfare through no fault of their own. All I can say is "by the Grace of God this could be me"
Elaine

Houston, TX

#17 Jan 29, 2014
DP Cassie wrote:
<quoted text>Elaine, the way I see it is that you may have a fine house, cars, jewelry, etc....BUT it can be taken away from you in a heartbeat...as it can me.
I know there are people who are milking the system for all it is worth, but in the same token there are people who are on welfare through no fault of their own. All I can say is "by the Grace of God this could be me"
You are right. However, that does not change that I earned it and everyone else should earn what they have. We should not have it taken from us to give to deadbeats who won't work or stay sober.

Helping someone who is temporarily down on his luck or who is disabled is an obligation all of us have. I assist family members (including cousins and their kids) and friends when they are in trouble with healthcare and education costs (I paid $10,000 in property taxes for my aunt to save her house). But I don't help the ones who won't work themselves out of trouble. I also give PLENTY to various charities and my church. A good share of what I EARNED is helping others.

People are quick to criticize the wealthy. They expect that prosperous people are somehow dishonest and greedy. That's not the only explanation when a hard working, honest and generous person (like you) can't get anywhere.
DP Cassie

Pasadena, TX

#18 Jan 29, 2014
What all of this boils down to is that people should take personal responsibility for their actions and the choices they make in life. I think everyone who applies for welfare should be drug tested. I have always been of the belief that God helps those who help themselves. Nowadays, it is different....the Federal Government helps those who do not help themselves. Let the taxpayers take the responsibility. NOT

Since: Jan 09

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#19 Jan 29, 2014
All I know... is that for all the money we spend bombing and enforcing our will on other people in other countries... we could house and feed every man, woman and child in America... and probably feed everyone else in the world.
Elaine

Houston, TX

#20 Jan 29, 2014
Heavy Fed wrote:
All I know... is that for all the money we spend bombing and enforcing our will on other people in other countries... we could house and feed every man, woman and child in America... and probably feed everyone else in the world.
You are wrong. If we fed every man woman and child, there would be no one working and therefore no money to feed them. You have to accept that WORK is what generates wealth.

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