posted on Sep, 22 2006 @ 12:27 PM
Originally posted by Spiderj
Actually the CIA fact book says the current level of people living below the poverty line is 47%.
Though much like america what is considered the poverty line and what you actually need to get by are two different things.
I think Propaganda is coming from both sides though Chavez's version is much more colorful.
Agreed on the point of the poverty line. One thing that Chavez does however is reinvest the contries oil profits back into social services. From
everyone that I have talked to that have either been to Venezuela or visited there, it is far better under Chavez. Not everyone likes Chavez,
however majority of the population favors him. As you said, even here the numbers are skewed. Here in the US, according to the Department of Homland
Security Census buearu, if you are a family of 8
, you have to make less than 33k annually to be considered below the poverty line. How the
hell can 8 people live off of 33 thousand or less?!?!? What if you make 35k per year, technically you wouldn't be "in poverty" by our standards
and wouldn't count in the overall percentage - this paints a very misleading picture when our annual reports show the US at 12.5% poverty.
I wonder what the poverty criteria is in Venezuela... One would have to factor in average wages for the country, percentage of wealty vs. non wealty,
cost of living, and what actual dollar amount they consider the poverty level. If they set their average standard of living higher that it was
several years ago and aim high, they will have a higher "poverty" rate. All it takes is moving the dollar amount in which you consider above or
below poverty. With a simple adjustment, you can tell two very different stories. I laugh when I read about this here. In 2005, if you made more
that 6.50 per hour and were a family of three, you weren't eligible for the Oregon Health plan. Now I dont know how 6.50 per hour could support one
person on their own, let alone 3. When you factor in things like health care, education costs (supplies and such), clothes, unexpected
bills.........let alone your regular rent and bills, I cannot possibly see how our standards hold up to reality here in the US. I guess it is a
matter of perspective. The people who "set" those limits here are no way included in the statistic.