Part of the problem here is how the Government defines "poverty". When the definition of poverty is based on data that was used in the 1950's and 1960's, it would seem that the data for the 2000's would change to correct for lifestyle and income changes. Well, the government is STILL using the outdated data. Today's "poor" really are NOT poor: 60" plasma TV's, multiple cars, iPhones, airc conditioned homes, and etc.
If the government would CORRECT the data, one would see that there would be far fewer "poor" people. If today's poor people can afford to buy all of the above, they will surely buy those STUPID sneakers! Sneakers that I would NEVER spend $350.00 on!!!!