September 13, 2016


Median incomes are up and poverty rate down, surprisingly strong census figures show (Don Lee, 9/13/16, WSJ)
Steady job growth and the biggest earnings boost on record helped sharply lower the nation's poverty level last year and finally provided relief to the long-running problem of stagnant incomes.

In its annual report on income and poverty, the Census Bureau said Tuesday that the share of people in the U.S. living in poverty dropped to 13.5% in 2015, marking one of the biggest annual declines in decades. [...]

The bureau also reported Tuesday that the number of people in the U.S. without health insurance fell further last year to 9.1% from 10.4% in 2014. The drop was expected, thanks mostly to the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, which saw its second full year of impact in 2015.

With many more Americans signing up for private insurance through new marketplaces created by Obamacare, the number of people who were uninsured for part or all of last year came down to 29 million, from 33 million without medical coverage in 2014.

15 Facts About Poverty in US Government Buries (Robert Rector and Rachel Sheffield, 9/13/16, Daily Signal)

Poor households routinely report spending $2.40 for every $1.00 of income the Census says they have.

The average poor American lives in a house or apartment that is in good repair and has more living space than the average non-poor person in France, Germany, or England.

Eighty-five percent of poor households have air conditioning.

Nearly three-fourths of poor households have a car or truck, and 31 percent have two or more cars or trucks.

Nearly two-thirds of poor households have cable or satellite TV.

Half have a personal computer; 43 percent have internet access.

Two-thirds have at least one DVD player

More than half of poor families with children have a video game system, such as an Xbox or PlayStation.

One-third have a wide-screen plasma or LCD TV.

(The above data on electronic appliances owned by poor households come from a 2009 government survey so the ownership rates among the poor today are most likely higher.) [...]

Only 4 percent of poor parents reported that their children were hungry even once during the prior year because they could not afford food.

Some 18 percent of poor adults reported they were hungry even once in the prior year due to lack of money for food. [...]

Poverty and homelessness are sometimes confused. Over the course of a year, only 4 percent of poor persons become homeless (usually a temporary condition).

Only 9.5 percent of the poor live in mobile homes or trailers; the rest live in apartments or houses.

Forty percent of the poor own their own homes, typically, a three-bedroom house with one-and-half baths that is in good repair. [...]

The left claims that 1 in 25 families with children live in "extreme poverty" on less than $2.00 per person per day. Government surveys of self-reported spending by families show the actual number is 1 in 4,469, not 1 in 25.  

The typical family allegedly in "extreme poverty" reports spending $25 for every $1 of income the left claims they have. [...]

Why does Census identify so many individuals as "poor" who do not appear to be poor in any normal sense of the term?  The answer lies in the misleading way Census measures "poverty." Census defines a family as poor if its income falls below a specified income threshold. (For example, the poverty threshold for a family of four in 2015 was $24,036.)  But in counting "income " Census excludes nearly all welfare benefits.

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