Poverty in the US

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    The question is this: where's the poverty in America? I'd really like to help fix it, but I'm having a hard time finding it.

    I used to think I found it in Appalachia - but my standards have since been lowered, and I no longer agree with the census bureau on what constitutes poverty.

    I also checked in the big city... I see a lot of crime, and a lot of bad stuff, but the poverty situation seems more or less under control. Yes there are people in poverty, but there seems to be plenty of help available to them already.

    Anyone know where there's serious poverty in this country?
     
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    Granny says people can't help bein' poor - dey just ain't got no money...
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    Poverty affects 46 million Americans
    28 Sept.`11 – Billy Schlegel plunged from middle class into poverty in the time it took his daughter to play a soccer season.
     
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    Sorry I was not know before reading this forum.
     
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    So how are we defining poverty here - living in a tent? Do we realize that the Native Americans did that for centuries? Is anybody actually starving here?

    I know that things are worse than they were. But are they so bad that we can't survive? Survival is an absolute standard - one that we seem to be ignoring. Perhaps the solution to poverty in America is for everyone to stop trying to keep up with the Joneses. Lower our expectations of what we 'need'. Need means survival. Need does not mean '20k a year or more'.
     
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    I imagine the 20 to 30 million illegal aliens that the American social system is forced to address has an impact on the poverty statistics but how did LBJ's media touted "war on poverty" work out? Can we admit that the hundreds of billions of taxpayer funded federal programs promoted by democrats were a failure?
     
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    1%'ers gettin' richer, other 99% gettin' poorer...
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    New Record: 1 in 15 People in U.S. Now Rank As the Poorest of the Poor
    November 3, 2011 WASHINGTON (AP) — The ranks of America's poorest poor have climbed to a record high — 1 in 15 people — spread widely across metropolitan areas as the housing bust pushed many inner-city poor into suburbs and other outlying places and shriveled jobs and income.
     
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    it should have poverty in each states.
     
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    I've lived as many years of my life in poverty as I have in prosperity.
    I'm still here.
    It's doable.
    Sure it sucks but it won't kill you.
    Unless you're really really stupid.
     

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