ydoaPs Posted February 23, 2011 Author Share Posted February 23, 2011 (edited) I don't. I ask a question. Yes, you did. Phrasing the text as a question bears not on the fact that you equate the 'poor' of the statistics with those below the poverty line-especially since the question is in the second sentence. According to the US Census Bureau almost 75% of those who live below the "poverty line" own a car (31% own 2+), 43% have a 3-bedroom house, 97% own a color TV, 78% have VCR or DVD, 62% have cable or sat TV, 89% have microwave, and over half have a stereo. 89% have "enough to eat", 80% have A/C, only 6% are overcrowded, and avg child dietary consumption is on par with children of middle an upper income parents. Wouldn't it be nice to know if we have any POOR people in this country? (emphasis mine) How much context is there in a reporter citing the poverty line statistic with no explanation of what that statistic means? Two wrongs make a right? And what about the use of completely irrelevant(you still have both A/C and child dietary consumption which are representative of the US housing market and the US public school system respectively) statistics out of context to try to bolster your point? It shouldn't. It should make one wonder why we're being told that we have 43 million poor people in the US, when the numbers say no such thing. What numbers say that? You've not shown them. Now, let's try to get some sort of judgement from the numbers you did provide. According to the Census Bureau: - 43% of all "poor" households own an average 3-bedroom, 1.5-bath house - Almost 75% of "poor" households own a car; 31% own 2 or more - 97% of "poor" households have a color television; over half own 2 or more - 78% have a VCR or DVD player; 62% have cable or satellite TV - 89% have a microwave oven; over half have a stereo, more than a third have a dishwasher - Only 6% of all "poor" households are overcrowded. More than 67% have more than two rooms per person. - Average child dietary consumption of poor children is on par with children of middle and upper income parents - 89% of poor families have "enough to eat"; only 2% report "often" not having enough - 80% of all "poor" households have air conditioning - The average American "poor" person has greater living space than the average person in Paris, London, Vienna, Athens, and many other European cities. (The average citizen there, not the average "poor" citizen.) Now, let's throw out the completely irrelevant ones. According to the Census Bureau: - 43% of all "poor" households own an average 3-bedroom, 1.5-bath house - Almost 75% of "poor" households own a car; 31% own 2 or more - 97% of "poor" households have a color television; over half own 2 or more - 78% have a VCR or DVD player; 62% have cable or satellite TV - 89% have a microwave oven; over half have a stereo - Only 6% of all "poor" households are overcrowded. - 89% of poor families have "enough to eat"; only 2% report "often" not having enough From this we can see that: 57% of all "poor" either rent or are homeless. >25% of all "poor" own no car at all. 97% have a color television(a one time purchase that is often inexpensive) 89% have a microwave oven. 6% are "overcrowded". 11% do not have enough to eat even with government programs. In America, most people("poor" or not) have no access at all to public transportation, so, unless you happen to live near your place of work, you need some form of transportation. That, some would argue, would make transportation something that is vital. Yet, your statistics show that this 'poor' category is severely lacking such transportation ability. Those that do have this arguably needed transportation are then burdened with the ongoing costs(gasoline, insurance, and maybe even payment for the vehicle itself). No information was given as to whether the vehicles that are owned by this said population group are new, used, owned, leased, in good condition, or completely unreliable. As such, our search for QoL information in this area cannot yield results with a high level of accuracy. No information is given about the television other than that they are color televisions. We do know that televisions are relatively inexpensive one time purchases, so their impact on the economic impact is limited. It is also known that televisions are available inexpensively at thrift stores, yard sales, and Goodwill. As with the transportation issue above, the lack of information prevents us from making an honest assessment of whatever limited economic impact it may have. There is no information given about the quality of the rental property(or lack thereof) of the 57% of this demographic which do not own a home. Is it a penthouse, an efficiency owned by a slumlord, or a cardboard box below a freeway overpass? We simply do not know. We are also missing any data about the status of the mortgages of the minority in this demographic that do own their living quarters. As with the transportation issue and the television issue above, we also have no information at all as to whether or not the item in question was obtained prior to becoming part of of said demographic. Conspicuously missing from the cited statistics is the level of debt of those in this demographic. Edited February 23, 2011 by ydoaPs 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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