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    Posted by Bobby Eberle
    August 29, 2007 at 6:06 am
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    The Democrats are pros at trying to gain a political advantage by dividing America. Rather than using rhetoric that will bring people together for common goals, they specialize in pitting one race against another, one gender against another, and one class against another. In particular, let's look at the poverty issue, where Democrat John Edwards recently said, "tens of millions of our fellow citizens are completely left out of the economic progress enjoyed by the individuals and corporations on the very top." I guess any discussion by a Democrat is incomplete without throwing in a reference to evil corporations.

    Edwards' comments are in reference to new poverty statistics released by the Census Bureau. The statistics show that for the first time this decade, the poverty rate actually declined. The rate fell from 12.6 percent in 2005 to 12.3 percent in 2006. The Census Bureau reports that the number of people without health insurance coverage rose "from 44.8 million (15.3 percent) in 2005 to 47 million (15.8 percent) in 2006."

    Of course, the Democrats are jumping on the statistics in an attempt to drive a wedge between Americans. John Edwards said in his press release, "We simply cannot stand by while tens of millions of our fellow citizens go without the necessities of life."

    Go without the necessities of life? While there are those who truly struggle each day to even find something to eat, the term "poverty" as used by the Democrats has become distorted, and it's important to cut through the rhetoric and get to the facts.

    The Heritage Foundation has put together an excellent paper called How Poor Are America's Poor? Examining the "Plague" of Poverty in America. As author Robert E. Rector notes:

    To understand poverty in America, it is important to look behind these numbers—to look at the actual living conditions of the individuals the government deems to be poor. For most Americans, the word "poverty" suggests destitution: an inability to provide a family with nutritious food, clothing, and reasonable shelter. But only a small number of the 37 million persons classified as "poor" by the Census Bureau fit that description. While real material hardship certainly does occur, it is limited in scope and severity.

    Most of America's "poor" live in material conditions that would be judged as comfortable or well-off just a few generations ago. Today, the expenditures per person of the lowest-income one-fifth (or quintile) of house*holds equal those of the median American household in the early 1970s, after adjusting for inflation.

    The problem is that the Democrats have used an "us versus them" tactic for so long and liberals talk about the plight of the "poor" in such a way that the truth gets distorted. Here are some interesting facts the Heritage Foundation points out about people the Democrats and government label as "poor":

    -- Forty-three percent of all poor households actu*ally own their own homes. The average home owned by persons classified as poor by the Census Bureau is a three-bedroom house with one-and-a-half baths, a garage, and a porch or patio.

    -- Eighty percent of poor households have air conditioning. By contrast, in 1970, only 36 percent of the entire U.S. population enjoyed air conditioning.

    -- Only 6 percent of poor households are over*crowded. More than two-thirds have more than two rooms per person.

    -- The average poor American has more living space than the average individual living in Paris, London, Vienna, Athens, and other cities throughout Europe. (These comparisons are to the average citizens in foreign countries, not to those classified as poor.)

    -- Nearly three-quarters of poor households own a car; 31 percent own two or more cars.

    -- Ninety-seven percent of poor households have a color television; over half own two or more color televisions.

    -- Seventy-eight percent have a VCR or DVD player; 62 percent have cable or satellite TV reception.

    -- Eighty-nine percent own microwave ovens, more than half have a stereo, and more than a third have an automatic dishwasher.

    Despite the fact that "poor" doesn't necessarily mean "impoverished" as we think about it, and despite the fact that the poverty rate has actually gone down, the Democrats are still speaking gloom and doom. As noted in the Washington Times, Democrats are calling the economic improvements "meager."

    "Too many Americans find themselves still stuck in the deep hole dug by economic policies favoring the wealthy," said House Ways and Means Chairman Charles B. Rangel, New York Democrat.

    It's important for conservatives, especially conservative candidates to be able to slice through this rhetoric of division. Even though the Republicans have a huge mountain to climb in 2008, it is a task that CAN be accomplished with the right candidates and the right platform. It is also important to let the American people know when they are being played for fools, and not let the Democrats twist statistics or try to divide the country. America has real enemies out there... it's in the form of radical terrorists, not the neighbor next door with the nice car

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    You can't get the facts and figures out to the people with a all liberal news network or newspaper. That's the shame of it all. People are just to lazy to look this stuff up on their own. They beleive what ever the networks tell them. About 90% of that is lies. :roll:

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