Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Poverty In America: Two TVs, One Xbox, etc. etc.

This is a picture of an XBOX.                              Image via Wikipedia
Data from the Department of Energy and other agencies show that the average poor family, as defined by Census officials:
● Lives in a home that is in good repair, not crowded, and equipped with air conditioning, clothes washer and dryer, and cable or satellite TV service.
● Prepares meals in a kitchen with a refrigerator, coffee maker and microwave as well as oven and stove.
● Enjoys two color TVs, a DVD player, VCR and — if children are there — an Xbox, PlayStation, or other video game system.
Had enough money in the past year to meet essential needs, including adequate food and medical care.
No mention of "savings". My African friends would be astonished to learn that their highest economic aspirations would make them poor according to American standards. I remember some guy once said that anyone who has two pairs of shoes is not poor. One pair, or no pair -- that's poor.

Cable TV? Not poor.

And that's the way the Ball bounces.

h/t Drudge
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1 comment:

Joe said...

Wow that's a lot more than Caveman-SDC-Annony-Meaningless-Nothing's two big buckets of nothing! I wonder if all those things were intelligently designed after all many of them run on electricity. I'm sure that Caveman-SDC-Annony-Meaningless-Nothing will pop in any minute now to confirm the irrefutable proof that the microwave evolved from the oven thanks be to natural forces.

On a more serious note we have been severely mislead in our quest to eliminate poverty. Somehow we in the Christian community have convinced ourselves and as a consequence others outside the Christian community that the elimination of poverty is a noble and righteous cause. Strangely enough the disciple that most wanted to give money to the poor was the same disciple that kept stealing from the common purse. Things haven't changed much in 2000 years.

I wonder if

"... nothing intellectually compelling or challenging.. bald assertions coupled to superstition... woefully pathetic"