From Joe Carter:
- How we measure poverty hasn’t changed in 50 years.
- The poverty threshold is based on a statistic (percentage of income that is spent on food) that has dramatically changed.
- The poverty line is currently about half of the median income in the US.
- Anti-poverty efforts by churches are not reflected in poverty calculations.
- The US government spends more to fight poverty than it would take to raise poor families above the poverty threshold.
- The poverty rate has decreased in the past 50 years, from 19% to 15%.
- The poverty rate among married couples is only 6%.
- The typical poor family in the US is far better off than the typical poor person in most other countries.
- About 100,000 people in the US are chronically homeless.
From Napp Nazzworth:
- Poverty hurts your ability to think.
- Poverty and obesity go together (in the US).
- Global poverty has decreased, while inequality has increased.
- Poverty among blacks has decreased in the past 50 years, while poverty among Hispanics have increased.
- Marriage matters.
Lastly, watch this short video for an answer to the basic question, “What Is Poverty?” (courtesy of the Chalmers Center):
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