How Poor Are America's Poor? Examining the "Plague" of Poverty in America | The Heritage Foundation Censur Bureau findings. Our poor are far from poor. Majority of poor is found in poor children, main 2 reasons are parents won't work, or father is absent. Read that link lefties. And then tell me, what exactly is the problem? We are rich. Our country is rich. Our poor, by comparison to the rest of the world, is well off. What did Obama/lefties want to "change" about our success???? A lot of complaining and whining from a group that, according to that link, is not only in a relatively well-off condition, but a very large % are in that condition by their own poor decision making, lack of willpower, etc. How a person can vote progressive after reading that link lends itself to only one conclusion: Progressive ideology is a mental disorder.