Got A Car, A Frig, A TV, A Coffee Maker? Then Don't Worry: You're Not Poor

Abby Zimet

You know all those "poor people" we're always reading about? Turns out it's a crock. A new paper from the right-wing think tank Heritage Foundation says the Census Bureau's defining almost 40 million - one in seven - Americans as poor is exaggerated and includes many people who are "not poor in any ordinary sense of the term" because they have housing, a "reasonably steady supply of food," and a host of modern amenities like cable tv, air conditioning, an Xbox and an oven and stove. Whew, for a while there we were worried about the economy, and perhaps even some inherent injustice within it.

"The home of the typical poor family was not overcrowded and was in good repair. The typical poor American family was also able to obtain medical care when needed. By its own report, the typical family was not hungry and had sufficient funds during the past year to meet all essential needs."


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