View Poll Results: How do you define poverty? Please select all that apply:

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  • 1.) Unable to afford adequate food (three balanced meals per day), water and shelter

    19 95.00%
  • 2.) Unable to afford adequate heating

    18 90.00%
  • 3.) Unable to afford adequate electricity

    18 90.00%
  • 4.) Unable to afford a refrigerator

    7 35.00%
  • 5.) Unable to afford a microwave

    5 25.00%
  • 6.) Unable to afford a telephone (either a home phone, a cell phone or an internet based phone)

    6 30.00%
  • 7.) Unable to afford adequate medical/dental necessities

    7 35.00%
  • 8.) Unable to afford necessities without going into debt

    6 30.00%
  • 9.) Unable to make a savings every week after paying for necessities

    4 20.00%
  • 10.) Unable to save more than 5% of their income every week after paying for necessities

    4 20.00%
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Thread: How should poverty be defined?

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    How should poverty be defined?

    There has been a lot of talk regarding what exactly a household in poverty should look like. I am wondering what most people think poverty means. I have listed some criteria above; feel free to add anything that you think is necessary.

    Also, how much money do you think this would mean for differing household sizes? e.g. a household of 1, 2, 3, 4 and so on

    Also, according keeping your definition of poverty in mind, should the government provide assistance to people in poverty (i.e. welfare)? If so, how do you propose a welfare system encourage and reward people to make become self-sufficient?

    Is there a certain amount of total welfare that should be given regardless of household size and the total amount of household members that are able to work?
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    Re: How should poverty be defined?

    Something appears to be missing from this thread.

    Nevertheless, there is more to poverty than lack of income. Is a grad student living on grants and loans and subsisting on dorm food living in poverty?

    Poverty is a state of mind more than anything else. It's a feeling of helplessness and dependency.
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    Re: How should poverty be defined?

    Poverty should be when you cannot rely on your own means for survival.

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    Re: How should poverty be defined?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    Something appears to be missing from this thread.
    yeah .. sorry about that .. the multiple choice poll options should be up now (not sure if that's what you meant)

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    Nevertheless, there is more to poverty than lack of income. Is a grad student living on grants and loans and subsisting on dorm food living in poverty?

    Poverty is a state of mind more than anything else. It's a feeling of helplessness and dependency.
    well, I mean as far as the poll options are concerned .. which of those do you think delineates poverty? Is there anything you would add to the list?
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    Re: How should poverty be defined?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gipper View Post
    Poverty should be when you cannot rely on your own means for survival.
    How would you define "survival" by looking at the options provided in the poll?

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    Re: How should poverty be defined?

    Can't afford to live on very basics. Food, shelter, heat, electricity. Microwaves and phones don't count; they're luxuries.

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    Re: How should poverty be defined?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gipper View Post
    Can't afford to live on very basics. Food, shelter, heat, electricity. Microwaves and phones don't count; they're luxuries.
    Do they get an oven and a stove to cook food with?

    A refrigerator to store perishables in?

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    Re: How should poverty be defined?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gipper View Post
    Can't afford to live on very basics. Food, shelter, heat, electricity. Microwaves and phones don't count; they're luxuries.
    O.K. ; I am curious as to whether or not people in poverty should receive welfare of some kind?

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    Re: How should poverty be defined?

    Quote Originally Posted by winston53660 View Post
    Do they get an oven and a stove to cook food with?

    A refrigerator to store perishables in?
    I in my opinion, people who cannot afford to cook and store perishables should be considered living in poverty

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    Re: How should poverty be defined?

    I wholeheartedly believe in welfare. I also, just as wholeheartedly, believe in stipulations for it. It should be temporary. It should only be granted for certain items (like WIC/food stamps). It should also carry requirements of mandatory random drug testing and birth control. It shouldn't be given willy-nilly like today's government does.

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