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Heritage Foundation: Widespread Xbox Ownership Debunks Myth of American Poverty

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Here’s Atrios, in a typically prescient post.

…even in the Strapping Young Buck era I don’t think the possession of a color TV was seen as some sort of display of obscene wealth.

Still I imagine the ZOMG FLAT SCREEN TV IS IN THE HIZZZHOUSE will long be held up as PROOF that the poor are NOT POOR.

Yep, pretty much.

Census officials continue to grossly exaggerate the numbers of the poor, creating a false picture in the public mind of widespread material deprivation, writes Heritage Foundation senior research fellow Robert Rector in a new paper.

“Most news stories on poverty feature homeless families, people living in crumbling shacks, or lines of the downtrodden eating in soup kitchens,” Rector says. “The actual living conditions of America’s poor are far different from these images.”

And what are these conditions?

The poorest Americans today live a better life than all but the richest persons a hundred years ago.”[3] In 2005, the typical household defined as poor by the government had a car and air conditioning. For entertainment, the household had two color televisions, cable or satellite TV, a DVD player, and a VCR. If there were children, especially boys, in the home, the family had a game system, such as an Xbox or a PlayStation.[4] In the kitchen, the household had a refrigerator, an oven and stove, and a microwave.

An oven and a stove?! And these people still have the gall to accept food stamps?

Anyway, these days you can get an original Xbox — with a few games thrown in — for about $40 bucks. The poor have it so damn easy in this country.

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