Since it was so very successful in the election, why stop now? Class warfare is the gift that keeps on giving for progressives! If you voted for Obama, heck, youll have no trouble swallowing the latest foray into the wonderful world of collectivist propaganda. After all, how much smarter could you have become in one month? 1. To the average American, the word poverty means significant material hardship and need. It means lack of a warm, dry home, recurring hunger and malnutrition, no medical care, worn-out clothes for the children. The mainstream media reinforce this view: The typical TV news story on poverty features a homeless family with kids living in the back of a van. 2. But poverty as the federal government defines it differs greatly from these images . According to the governments own data, the typical poor family lives in a house or apartment thats not only in good repair but is larger than the homes of the average non-poor person in England, France or Germany. The typical poor American experiences no material hardships, receives medical care whenever needed, has an ample diet and wasnt hungry for even a single day the previous year. According to the US Department of Agriculture, the nutritional quality of the diets of poor children is identical to that of upper middle class kids. 3. Previously, a family of four was considered poor if cash income was less than $22,800. The new definition sharply jerks up this threshold, especially in large cities. Now, a family of four with full medical insurance, living in Oakland, can be considered poor if its yearly pre-tax income is below $42,500. In Washington, DC, the figure is $40,300; in Boston, $39,500; in New York, $37,900. 4. new poverty thresholds are linked to an escalator that will boost them faster than inflation year after year. The income thresholds will rise automatically in direct proportion to any rise in the actual living standards of the average American. 5. This means it will be difficult to reduce poverty in America no matter how much the living conditions of the poor actually improve. Imagine a sprinter in a race where the finish line is moved back four feet every time the runner takes a step. 6. Look at it this way: If the real income of every single American were to double overnight, the new measure would show no drop in poverty because the poverty-income thresholds also would double. 7. The goal of fighting poverty is no longer about meeting physical needs; instead it has been covertly shifted to equalizing incomes, or spreading the wealth. the new government report on poverty is merely an advertising tool for expanding the welfare state. ‘Poverty’ like we’ve never seen it - NYPOST.com This is a stake through the heart of our once great nation: Too many are simply not smart enough to realize that they are being scammed, that their good intentions are being used to invest a view that we need to help imaginary poor, by pretending that they exist. And, golly, big daddy government must be the answer! Thanks to the Obama voters, the Pod People, America will never again honor achievement, self-reliance, or success.