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# The official poverty rate in 2006 was 12.3 percent, down from 12.6 percent in 2005 (Table 3).
# In 2006, 36.5 million people were in poverty, not statistically different from 2005.
Originally posted by plumranch
reply to post by nubiaislaam
Also, the "poor" here are able to live a relatively "rich" lifestyle here despite how they are rated by government statistics. You're not trying to use scare tactics are you? Where are your statistics and what might be your agenda?
Originally posted by conspiracy nut
i find this hard to believe, people in america have so many options to eat, food stamps, charity, family, shelters, churches, pantries the list goes on and on. while i believe people are struggling, i cannot fathom real hunger in the united states.
Originally posted by nubiaislaam
Their are alot of people here that can get out and get a job, they are just too damn lazy and abuse the system. Getting food and tax payers money through well-fare and food stamps. It's a shame, I live in a small city and just here I have met tons of people that can get up and get their lazy asses a job but they would rather sit and have the governement throw money at them.
Originally posted by jackinthebox
Poverty, and lack of meaningful employment is the root cause of most of the terrible things we see on the domestic news. In one way or another, I can show how poverty, or the threat of poverty, has created the bulk of the social ills we are experiencing today. Including drugs, school shootings, domestic violence, even rape. It may not be clear to some, but I can show you the ties. Not through numbers necessarily, but through logical deduction. I expect I will be returning to this thread to see what develops here.
Poverty IS NOT the fault of those who have been shoved into the abyss.