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This tide not lifting all boats
By Byron McNutt

HOW DOES THIS happen in America? The world’s largest, most powerful, economy with a $17 trillion gross domestic product (GDP) has trouble creating quality (livable wage) jobs for up to 40% of its labor force.

How is it possible that as many as 40% of our people are struggling to make ends meet and are challenged to climb above the poverty line. As we mark the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty, the topic is getting a lot of attention.

“Poverty isn’t decreasing because of increasing income inequality,”

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 11:49 AM
 

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0 #2 Frank Gabl 2014-01-22 09:08
In general, the difference between yesterday’s “poor” and today’s “poor” (“Did you know that nearly 750,000 people in Wisconsin live below the poverty line of $19,530 for a family of three”) is that today’s poor are at least yesterday’s middle class:

“The typical household considered “poor” by census officials has a car and air conditioning. For entertainment, the household has cable or satellite TV, two color televisions, DVD player, VCR, and an Xbox or PlayStation. In the kitchen, the household has the ordinary conveniences: refrigerator, oven, stove and microwave.”

“Consumer items that were luxuries or significant purchases for the middle class a few decades ago have become commonplace in households defined by the Census Bureau as poor.”

“Effective anti-poverty policy must be based on an accurate assessment of actual living conditions and the long-term causes of real deprivation.”

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0 #1 Frank Gabl 2014-01-22 09:04
Continued:

http://www.heritage.org/research/commentary/2011/09/understanding-poverty-in-the-us

Not surprisingly, the Left never fails to strategically change the language when it suits their advantage such as morphing “Food Stamps” into “Nutrition Assistance” or “taxes” into "investments"

So based on the article above and following the lead of the Left,
“poverty” should be renamed “neo-middle class” for the purpose of putting reality into perspective which will better serve the real poor, as well as lift the spirits of the new members of the middle class.
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