10 Poverty “Myths” Not Busted At All

poverty-mythbustersThis is another one of those things that floats around the Internet, seeking some kind of validation, when it really makes no sense. What do you expect coming from the overly-emotional political left?  I actually saw this on Wil Wheaton’s Tumblr feed and while I like Wil, his politics are just as bad as most liberals.  So here, according to Mother Jones, a far left liberal rag, are 10 Poverty Myths Busted, but not so’s you’d notice if you had a clue in your head.

You will notice that in a lot of these, the liberals cook the data, ignore the parts they don’t like and make absurd claims about what remains in order to make even the slightest shred of their claims seem reasonable.  Many of their claims are faulty, quite a few are out and out lies.  I’ve not found any of them that rested on solid data or recognized the actual problem behind their claims.  It’s just more nonsensical liberal rhetoric.

So let’s get started, shall we?

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.

So what about the rest of them?  This only accounts for 44% of low-income, urban moms.  What is it that they don’t want you to know?  This only gives you the extremes, the ones who never have any kind of relationship at all and the ones who have a single relationship with the child’s father.  So 56% are in serial relationships?  That’s not healthy for the children either.  Besides, we know that the majority of the 35% extreme are not actually legally married, they’re just living with this guy and that, again, is not healthy for the children.  We also know that a large number of poor women have multiple children from multiple fathers, again, not healthy.  Sorry, color me not impressed.

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.

I’m sorry, that’s not a relationship.  The point of a parent is to raise one’s children and that’s a 24/7 thing.  Seeing one’s children and being a parent are two entirely different things.  If these “fathers” are not living in the home with the mother in, at the very least, a committed monogamous relationship, they’re doing it entirely wrong.  Further, you really have to look at how they phrase these answers because we know they’re trying to spin it in the most favorable light to their side.  They say they “see” their kids.  They do not say they interact with their kids, they do not say they influence their kids, they do not say they act as a father to their kids, just that they see them.  I see lots of people every day, that doesn’t mean that I have any impact on their lives.  Seeing is not parenting, visiting is not being an integral part of their lives.  This is just more bullshit.

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.

Daily presence.  Hmmm.  Not a father.  That’s a sperm donor with visitation rights.  And you want to know why they’re more likely to have a daily presence in their kids’ lives?  Because they have no jobs.  They are not providing a role model, just a presence.

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.

Again, they don’t talk about the 40% who did not.  Of course, my position is that virtually anyone living in poverty has no damn business having kids to begin with.  If you cannot afford to provide a decent life for your children, you should not have them, period.  But this is something liberals, those self-entitled hippies, don’t want to talk about.  They think people are entitled to do whatever they want and if they can’t afford to pay for the consequences of their actions, the government needs to step in and provide.  Nobody should ever be told that they can’t do something, “can’t” is a bad word in the liberal dictionary.

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.

I thought this was “poverty myths”, why are they talking about people who are not officially poor?  If you don’t live below the poverty line, you don’t belong on this list.  But hey, it’s here, let’s address it.  If you live in a city where you cannot afford your basic needs, MOVE!  Get a better job!  Get a job in the first place!  Don’t drop out of school, don’t get involved in gangs or drugs, don’t go to prison, don’t have a family.  Be responsible.  Nah, that would never work.

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.

Nobody ever says that going to college is a magic ticket to getting out of poverty, you still have to work your ass off and earn your way out. If you continue to make bad decisions, degree in hand, you’re still going to be a failure.

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.

We’re not even fighting a war on poverty.  In America, we like to declare war on things but we’re never serious.  It’s all just a PR campaign and anyone with half a clue should realize that.  Of course, the Democrats are not at all interested in ending poverty because that represents a significant chunk of their voter base.  They need the impoverished to keep getting elected.  The Democrats might talk the part but they have no vested interest in stopping poverty.

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.

And that’s a shame.  As heartless as this is going to sound, what did those women do their entire lives to plan for their retirement?  Personal responsibility, does anyone remember that?  It’s sad that so few people plan ahead for their retirement and then expect everyone else to pick up the slack.  Case in point, my parents were never wealthy by any means but they worked hard and made some wise investments over the years and today, although my father is dead, my mother is extremely comfortable, in fact, she’s got at least $2 million in assets socked away and will live the rest of her life comfortably.  She just sold the house I grew up in and bought another, smaller house with cash.  So what are these old ladies eating cat food doing wrong?

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.

I don’t know of anyone who has ever said that either, I’d have to see where Mother Jones is getting their quotations.  Regardless, the part in bold has nothing whatsoever to do with the part that follows.  Regardless of how many children are affected by the actions of their parents, that says nothing about why their parents are homeless.  The fact that they tried desperately to twist the question proves they have nothing intelligent to say on the subject.  In fact, we know that marijuana and cocaine use increases significantly among the poor and destitute and that in areas where research has been done, it’s shown that an average of 75% of the poor are routine drug and alcohol users.  More lies from the liberals.

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

Which is complete bullshit.  It ignores Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which in 2013 made up 22% of the federal budget, more than we spent on national defense.  Another 12% of the budget is spent on so-called “safety net programs” that fund things like the Earned Income Tax Credit, Supplemental Social Security, SNAP (food stamps), school meals, low-income housing assistance, child care assistance, and assistance in meeting home energy bills; and various other programs such as those that aid abused and neglected children.  This is purposefully misleading, such handouts make up 34% of the whole of the federal budget.  It refers only to a small percentage of welfare programs which are paid for by the federal government, it ignores all of the programs funded at the state and local level, etc.  How dishonest can these people get?

At the end of the day we’re still left with a poverty class that is largely there because of their own actions or lack of actions and utter lack of personal responsibility.  The liberals want to give them more money.  I want them to stop being so irresponsible in the first place.  It’s one thing to say “you got into a pinch, here, let me help you out”, it’s entirely another to say “you’ve fucked up your entire life, you want no part of digging yourself out, you just want money for the rest of your life”.  No.  Sorry, it doesn’t work that way and anyone who thinks it should is an idiot.

1 thought on “10 Poverty “Myths” Not Busted At All

  1. "It’s one thing to say “you got into a pinch, here, let me help you out”, it’s entirely another to say “you’ve fucked up your entire life, you want no part of digging yourself out, you just want money for the rest of your life”. No. Sorry, it doesn’t work that way and anyone who thinks it should is an idiot."

    Kudos to the Author for telling it like it is.

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