10 Poverty Myths, Busted

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  • #5890
    Vitalogy
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    http://billmoyers.com/2014/03/28/10-poverty-myths-busted/#.VMert79Wbew.facebook

    1. Single moms are the problem. Only 9 percent of low-income, urban moms have been single throughout their child’s first five years. Thirty-five percent were married to, or in a relationship with, the child’s father for that entire time.*

    2. Absent dads are the problem. Sixty percent of low-income dads see at least one of their children daily. Another 16 percent see their children weekly.*

    3. Black dads are the problem. Among men who don’t live with their children, black fathers are more likely than white or Hispanic dads to have a daily presence in their kids’ lives.

    4. Poor people are lazy. In 2004, there was at least one adult with a job in 60 percent of families on food stamps that had both kids and a nondisabled, working-age adult.

    5. If you’re not officially poor, you’re doing okay. The federal poverty line for a family of two parents and two children in 2012 was $23,283. Basic needs cost at least twice that in 615 of America’s cities and regions.

    6. Go to college, get out of poverty. In 2012, about 1.1 million people who made less than $25,000 a year, worked full time and were heads of household had a bachelor’s degree.**

    7. We’re winning the war on poverty. The number of households with children living on less than $2 a day per person has grown 160 percent since 1996, to 1.65 million families in 2011.

    8. The days of old ladies eating cat food are over. The share of elderly single women living in extreme poverty jumped 31 percent from 2011 to 2012.

    9. The homeless are drunk street people. One in 45 kids in the United States experiences homelessness each year. In New York City alone, 22,000 children are homeless.

    10. Handouts are bankrupting us. In 2012, total welfare funding was 0.47 percent of the federal budget.

    #5892
    Amus
    Participant

    And sadly, none of that matters.

    As we have seen right here, low information voters will not be swayed by facts.

    Even if handed them.

    #5896
    jerry1949
    Spectator

    See if that .47% aligns with what the government says it spends, which is 9%, or 18x the claim of the deceptive article.

    http://www.usgovernmentspending.com/welfare_budget_2012_4.html

    What’s interesting and sad is that 23% goes to pensions. A fourth of what the government rakes in goes to paying government workers who don’t work.

    #5897
    Vitalogy
    Participant

    Such a good little christian.

    #5898
    Amus
    Participant

    A fourth of what the government rakes in goes to paying government workers who don’t work.

    Yet another assertion insupportable by fact.

    #5900
    jerry1949
    Spectator

    A good Christian is supposed to believe a lying article? Prove your numbers. At least prove the .47%.

    #5901
    missing_kskd
    Participant

    Like you actually know anything.

    #5902
    Amus
    Participant

    Or are even interested in knowing anything.

    #5903
    missing_kskd
    Participant

    Doesn’t pay attention to government programs.

    Funny how that works isn’t it?

    #5904
    Broadway
    Participant

    Reasons for homelessness from my perspective having been around the community for 12 years….

    Drug/alcohol abuse
    No jobs/can’t get jobs
    Mental illness
    Catastrophic health/life decision/event
    No family support for backup housing

    There are many more but these are the majors.

    #5905
    Vitalogy
    Participant

    According to F&B it’s laziness.

    But what I’ve learned from experience is that the people that bitch the most about paying taxes, welfare, etc, are usually the ones not paying any taxes. They’re just bitching becuase they suck as human beings.

    And Broadway, you need to include in your list young mothers forced to give birth. There’s no bigger cause of poverty than a woman who has a baby she can’t pay for.

    #5914
    jerry1949
    Spectator

    The government website says welfare is 9% of what the government spends. Vitalogy and his article say it’s a mere .47%.

    Is the government website lying, or is vitalogy using Fox News as his source?

    So who or what got “busted”?

    #5916
    jr_tech
    Participant

    “The government website”

    link, please.

    #5917
    jerry1949
    Spectator

    I linked it previously, but the 9% was projected. The actual outlay for welfare in 2014 was 11%, which is more than 22 times what vitalogy says it is, but why should facts get in the way?

    http://www.usgovernmentspending.com/welfare_budget_2012_4.html

    #5918
    jr_tech
    Participant

    I don’t believe that is an official government website.

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