Poverty in America

And John Edwards keeps pushing his schtick.

clipped from www.heritage.org
According to the Census report, 12.6 percent of Amer�icans were poor in 2005;

The following are facts about persons defined as “poor” by the Census Bureau, taken from various gov�ernment reports:

Forty-three percent of all poor households actu�ally own their own homes. The average home owned by persons classified as poor by the Census Bureau is a three-bedroom house with one-and-a-half baths, a garage, and a porch or patio.
Eighty percent of poor households have air conditioning. By contrast, in 1970, only 36 percent of the entire U.S. population enjoyed air conditioning.
Only 6 percent of poor households are over�crowded. More than two-thirds have more than two rooms per person.
The average poor American has more living space than the average individual living in Paris, London, Vienna, Athens, and other cities throughout Europe.
Nearly three-quarters of poor households own a car; 31 percent own two or more cars.
Ninety-seven percent of poor households have a color television;

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