What do we consider is Poor?
We can judge this based on well being and possessions.
Clearly attempts to poll the public in the community leads to the conclusion
that their definition of poverty is far from that used by the government in
redistribution efforts. Some might argue that redistribution is not
aimed at assisting only the acknowledged poor, but somehow is intended to
bolster all self-defined "disadvantaged." A thesis that most
Americans would not support: to take from them to give to those who do not
Poor: indigent, needy, impecunious, penniless, impoverished, poverty-stricken, destitute
To consider what portion of the population is actually poor.
The homeless is much less than 1 out of every 70 (Myth of Starvation), which is less
than 2%. The number using the data at right is more like 1 in 500,
or less than 0.2%
What would we see if the incentives are removed to be
poor? One such data point occurred in a State where the wage to
qualify for Medicaid was raised and the actual earned wage rose to this
new maximum. Incentives for subsidies to be poor is a
barrier for some.