According to the same goverment labeling them "poor," our poor people don't really seem so poor in comparision to the rest of the world, and not just the so called third world.
I guess the worst thing poor people in the USA have to fear is obesity.
For example, a recent medical study of low-income black and Hispanic students in Central Harlem found a full quarter to be "obese," and more than half of these to be "super-obese."
Read the article describing all of the "stuff" you can have, and still be labeled "poor," you'll see rather quickly it is a quite luxurious "poor."
Would you call this a description for the "poor" among us?
Forty-one percent of the poor actually own their own homes, typically a three-bedroom house with one-and-one-half baths. It is in good repair, and has a garage or carport, and a porch or patio. The median value of these homes is $65,000, which is 70 percent of the median value of all American homes.
Americans, poor and non-poor, live in large and spacious housing. Only 2 percent of America's poor are overcrowded (defined as living with more than 1.5 persons per room). On average, America's poor have 440 square feet of living space per person. This is more than the average citizen in Paris, Berlin, and London; nearly three times the average in the capitals of such nations as Poland and Mexico; and nearly seven times greater than the average in poor nations such as China and India.
G-d Bless America.