For entertainment, the household had two color televisions, cable or satellite TV, a DVD player, and a VCR. If there were children, especially boys, in the home, the family had a game system, such as an Xbox or a PlayStation. In the kitchen, the household had a refrigerator, an oven and stove, and a microwave. Other household conveniences included a clothes washer, clothes dryer, ceiling fans, a cordless phone, and a coffee maker.
That’s rich in Nigeria! In fact, it’s exactly what my family had while we lived there (minus the coffee maker). The middle class (what exists of them, anyway) have no TV or air-conditioning let alone washers and dryers. They definitely don’t have an Xbox or play station or a fridge (except it’s a small one). Some have ceiling fans. Most have a very cheap cellphone. And definitely no coffee maker or microwave – you need electricity for that. But they have food.
The poor are those who don’t have even food.
A recently published paper from the Heritage Foundation.
Each year for the past two decades, the U.S. Census Bureau has reported that over 30 million Americans were living in “poverty.” In recent years, the Census has reported that one in seven Americans are poor. But what does it mean to be “poor” in America? How poor are America’s poor?
For most Americans, the word “poverty” suggests destitution: an inability to provide a family with nutritious food, clothing, and reasonable shelter. For example, the Poverty Pulse poll taken by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development asked the general public: “How would you describe being poor in the U.S.?” The overwhelming majority of responses focused on homelessness, hunger or not being able to eat properly, and not being able to meet basic needs. That perception is bolstered by news stories about poverty that routinely feature homelessness and hunger.
Yet if poverty…
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