What is the definition of poverty in the U.S.?

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    What is the definition of poverty in the U.S.?

    Is poverty in the U.S. something which can be alleviated? Or will the definition of poverty automatically be upwardly revised to still include approximately the same percentage of the population no matter how many material possessions the bottom segment of the population has?
     
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    It's fairly complex:

    How the Census Bureau Measures Poverty - U.S Census Bureau
     
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    Thanks, Annie.

    I read that and a few other pages before I posted. It partially reinforced my general impression, and partially just confused me.

    It seems that poverty to the U.S. gov't isn't what most of us consider poverty. Well-fed people living in comfort with money left over for entertainment are sometimes considered in poverty. Why? Is the measure of poverty so artificial that it makes the war on poverty itself artificial?

    If we identify all the people in the U.S. who are living in poverty and if we then divide a trillion dollars between them, would that decrease the number of people we label as living in poverty? Or would it just raise the marker for what is considered poverty?
     
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    Granny says, "Hope dem bankers dat got us in dis mess is enjoyin' dey's bonuses...
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    Going hungry in America: 'Distressing,' 'humbling,' 'scary'
    22 Aug.`12 - Cheryl Preston knows that others are worse off. But she's still hungry.
     
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    The definition of poverty will always be changing as times change. The "poor" in the 50's had it worse than today's "poor", but they had it better than previous generations, who had it better than previous generations and on and on and on.
     
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    smart phones, flat screen TV, computers, wifi, designer clothing, .....all part of living in poverty now. :thup:
     
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    Living paycheck to paycheck with no savings is poor.
     
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    Then i guess there are a good many people who make 250k a year+ can also claim to be ...... poor.
     
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    I would add the inability to liquidate assets.

    If you are one accident away from homeless then to me, you are poor.
     
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    No, people making that kind of money and living paycheck to paycheck aren't poor, just assholes.
     

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