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Okay, see this is one of the reasons I don't like statistics, although they have their uses.  Statistically speaking, every person in the United States is among the richest in the world.  Then, because all sorts of statistical arguments can be made, there has been this argument over whether US poverty is "real bad" or merely "relative."

Now, my contention all along which I keep repeating is that dying of starvation, exposure, or lack of medical treatment is the same experience in the US as it is anywhere else.  Also, that we have quite a bit of this here.  For some reason, this simple statement seems to piss people off.

Certainly, we have many "poor" in the US who are relatively or "psychologically" poor.  Certainly we have many comfortable and affluent people.  But we also do have an actual, real life dying of poverty population.  Is it on the same scale as other countries?  No.  But does that make it any less real or important?

We keep talking about the people who fall through the cracks.  And I agree, yeah, that's them.  But that makes it sound as though it's a tiny number, statistically insignificant.  But there's a lot of them and more every day.  And they're not relatively, or psychologically, or any other kind of poor.  There not poor from a certain perspective.  They're plain ol' poor -- dying poor, starving poor, or whatever else you want to call it.

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes

by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Oct 14th, 2005 at 09:05:59 PM EST
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