Something to consider – there are MANY clinics, offices etc where women can get an appointment and a referral to the specialists that do many of the appointments and screenings that we need to have done on a regular basis.
This is just an excerpt comparing “poverty” in the US and in other countries.
Seemed like it might be interesting to take a look the week the pope is coming to the US – a man who has seen abject poverty in so many parts of the world.
The actual living standards of Americans defined as poor by the government are far higher than most imagine. The federal government measures poverty by comparing a household’s “money income” to specific poverty income thresholds. If a family’s income falls below the relevant threshold, it is identified as poor. As noted, in 2014, the poverty income threshold for a family of four was $24,008.
The problem is that the Census Bureau’s count of income is wildly inaccurate. In the first place, the Census definition of “money income” excludes nearly all of the welfare state. Last year, government spent over $1 trillion on means-tested welfare programs for the poor and near poor; over 90 percent of this spending is omitted by the Census for purposes of calculating official poverty.
If a family receives benefits from major programs such as food stamps, public housing, section 8 housing, the refundable earned income tax credit, the Women, Infants and Children food program, energy aid, and Medicaid, Census ignores those benefits completely for purposes of determining if the family lives in poverty. The Census does count benefits from a few cash programs such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) as income, but it severely undercounts spending on those programs. Excluding expensive medical benefits from the calculation of poverty may make sense, but ignoring the other welfare programs is severely misleading. A principal merit of Garfinkel, Rainwater, and Smeeding’s poverty analysis is that they make a good-faith effort to include the EITC and food benefits in their calculations and to correct for underreporting.
The government’s own data show that the actual living conditions of the more than 45 million people who are deemed “poor” by the Census Bureau differ greatly from popular conceptions of poverty. Consider these facts taken from various government reports:
Poverty, Nutrition, and Hunger. Despite impressions to the contrary, most of those who are designated as poor by the U.S. government do not experience undernutrition, hunger, or food shortages.Information on these topics is collected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s household food security survey. The USDA survey shows that in 2009:
Housing and Poverty. Depictions of poverty in America that suggest the majority of the poor are homeless or residing in dilapidated living conditions do not give an accurate picture of poverty in the United States. While such families do exist, they are far from typical of the population defined as poor by the Census Bureau. The actual housing conditions of poor families are very different.
By his own report, the average poor person had sufficient funds to meet all essential needs and was able to obtain medical care for his family throughout the year whenever needed.
Of course, poor Americans clearly do not live in the lap of luxury. Many of the poor struggle to make ends meet, but they are generally struggling to pay for cable TV, air conditioning, and a car while putting food on the table. The average poor person is far from affluent, but his lifestyle is equally far from the images of stark deprivation purveyed by advocacy groups and the mainstream media.
Social welfare expenditures consist of spending on health care, education, retirement benefits, and other government transfer payments. The U.S. social welfare system differs from systems in other advanced nations because it contains a larger private-sector/non-governmental component.
When governmental and non-governmental spending are combined, social welfare absorbs around one-third of U.S. gross domestic product. As a share of GDP, social welfare expenditures in the U.S. are slightly less than the average for other wealthy nations. However, because the U.S. is wealthier than most other advanced nations, real per capita social welfare spending is significantly higher in the U.S. than elsewhere.
The U.S. has very high levels of health care spending per capita and education spending per student. This higher spending does not always lead to improved results. Reforms should be undertaken to reduce health care and education costs while improving outcomes.
Compared against a uniform standard, the U.S. has a poverty rate that is similar to poverty rates in most other advanced nations. However, the U.S. should not seek to outspend other nations in its anti-poverty programs. Instead, the U.S. should seek to reduce poverty by promoting self-sufficiency: the ability to support one’s self and family above the poverty level without reliance on welfare aid.
The key to improving self-sufficiency is to increase work and healthy marriage. Increased self-reliance will lead to an enhanced sense of self-achievement, a principal component of human well-being. Restoring healthy marriage will sharply reduce poverty, improve child outcomes, and increase adult happiness.[28
My son sent me this link to very interesting post. Now mind you, I’m not a doomsdayprepper and I’m not buying to book advertised here because who wants to live in the world they predict, but I must admit I was shocked to see two “forbidden” topics in the same post: religion AND politics.
I invite you to watch or read the following with an open mind. I’d never heard of an EMP and the idea is totally frightening and highly likely What better way to cripple the US then hitting us where we would really feel it…every avenue of our lives: grocery stores, ATMS, electrical grids, telecommications, gas stations, anything that requires power of any kind. Pretty scarey stuff. Like I said, keep an open mind, and you’ll be plenty scared.
(This morning a friend of mine shared this “rant” and he covered so many great points that I simply had to share – 9/11 seems like a great day to reflect on things that have happened in our country and to look ahead at the current situation and what our future looks like. Definitely take a look at what my friend had to say and feel free to share your thoughts.)
“The only solace on mornings like today, is that I don’t wake up to an Emergency Alert on my phone”…
SOMEONE isn’t gonna’ like what you….yes, YOU…have to say. You see it every day right here on Facebook, and you see it in the papers (if anyone still reads ’em) and on TV…. We dissent; it’s the National Pastime. But, if the thing you say pisses off the right whacko, then you’re probably going to die.
Even if you DON’T say something, you MIGHT STILL die at the hands of a sociopath, but by constantly fighting about bullshit that really has nothing to do with you, personally, you invite someone else’s drama to become your own…. You make someone else’s business, yours….and, just how sometimes, you get into a Facebook fight with some moron who thinks differently than you and you eventually “block” them, that’s pretty much the only way you can eliminate them from your carefully constructed little glass house……unless they decide to come throw rocks and bombs, through the panels while you sleep.
In the Real World, we cannot “block” the assholes who wanna’ bait us into a fight; in REAL life, sometimes ya’ gotta’ fight for what you believe in, once your belief pisses off the wrong person or people….BUT—but simply shutting the fuck up, we can avoid it all, and maximize our chances for obtaining a true and lasting Peace, not only in our houses, but our nation and world. Agree to disagree….because we WILL disagree at some point, and I don’t wanna’ have to slay you……with extreme prejudice….
Or be slayed BY you.
It’s 2015, and the world is a very different place than we were September 11th, 2001. Not terribly improved, but actually going backwards, kinda’ like Greece and Rome, before their falls. We’re heading quickly to a point of no return, where we will turn our nation into the very thing we all came here to escape, if we don’t learn to Shut the Fuck Up and live peaceably with each other. After all, it’s only 72 or so years we’re expecting here….it ain’t forever…Surely, your version of God will reward you for being kind to each other and spreading the word through love and charity rather than through oppression and tyranny, right????
There are still a few truly brave amongst us, who practice loving unconditionally and giving without expectation of recompense….but their numbers are becoming fewer and fewer. Their quietness is becoming quieter, as the din from the blowhards is increasing, exposing us ALL to an ever-increasing likelihood that we will get caught up in someone else’s drama…..that just might be what takes our lives and cuts that 72 year expectation short, by a couple dozen years….years that COULD have been spent, raising our kids to be better than we were…..
This is the United States of America….a Republic, founded on ideals of democracy and agreeing to disagree sometimes, for the Greater Good. We are supposed to be the Beacon of Light TO the world, not the trash heap of crap that comes FROM it….. We are the one place where Freedom is supposed to reign, o’er all other concerns…… And we CAN still Save The Earth, by example, if we simply quit bitching about everything and teach OURSELVES how to get along with those who believe differently than we do, whatever those differences may be. We’re all going to die some day, Ben Franklin knew that….and the government is always gonna’ suck, no matter who you put in to lead the suck-fest……but you don’t have to let it get you so butt hurt, that you go off and start picking off people from the side of the freeway or putting arsenic in their city’s water pond.
You’re America, Goddamnit…the Greatest Nation on Earth………. In the name of 3,000 people who died 14 years ago today…. Start Acting Like It!