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Poverty Nonsense

Tidford Tatt Wrote: Oct 17, 2012 4:02 PM
As always, and excellent article. However I’d like to argue that you are, in part, 100% wrong. (I love that non sequitur!) The statement “They were poor because our society creates poverty" is entirely correct. After I read your article I wondered just how the government defines “poverty.” So I popped off to the Census Bureau site to find the definition. Here are some interesting tidbits: “Poverty thresholds are the dollar amounts used to determine poverty status…. The same thresholds are used throughout the United States (do not vary geographically)…. If total family income is less than the threshold appropriate for that family the family is in poverty.” “Income Used to Compute Poverty Status … Excludes capital gains” [ie – if I sell a BI
Here's a recent statement frequently suggested by leftist academics, think tank researchers and policymakers: "People were not just struggling because of their personal deficiencies. There were structural factors at play. People weren't poor because they made bad decisions. They were poor because our society creates poverty." Who made that statement and where it was made is not important at all, but its corrosive effects on the minds of black people, particularly black youths, are devastating.

There's nothing intellectually challenging or unusual about poverty. For most of mankind's existence, his most optimistic scenario was to be able to eke out enough to subsist...