These people are crazy. The poor? No, the dolts who define and write about the poor. The morning newspaper carries an Associated Press piece reporting: "Poorest of the poor in U.S. hits new high." That classification is pegged at income below 1/2 of the official poverty level. Some 6.7% of the population is now subsisting on that little, according to the Census Bureau. That is the highest percentage found in the 35 years the Bureau has compiled such data.
Such news is enough to drive anyone crazy. But wait, it's even worse. The report says that 1/2 the poverty level comes to $5,500 a year for an individual and $11,157 for a family of four. It follows then that $22,314 is the official poverty level for a family of four. Listen, I really don't mean to offend anyone, but if you, or even the "official" number crunchers, believe that a family of four trying to make it on even, um ... let's say $35,000 a year, isn't poor in this country, then you and they are all crazy.