Is it too much to ask for Democrats to stop trashing the United States?

I don’t know if I would have realized the impact of what American politicians say on national television if I didn’t live in Japan. I hear so much negative talk about the United States here that is based on the lies told by Democrats on television. Nevermind the lies they continue to tell about President Bush and the war in Iraq, I want to look at their lies about poverty in the US.

It was just the other day that one of my Japanese friends was telling me how glad he was to be in Japan and not the US, considering the terrible poverty that we have in the US. I couldn’t believe my ears. But my friend was simply repeating what he had heard translated on a Japanese news program which featured the comments of some Democrat senator or congressman.

Think about it, though. Here is somebody in the world’s second largest economy where most people will use a hand fan instead of an air conditioner to save money on electricity telling me that people in the US are worse off than people in Japan. If the majority of people in the world’s second largest economy does not have central air, I imagine that the same could be said for every other country.

Yet I don’t know anyone in the US who does not have an air conditioner that they use whenever they feel the slightest bit hot. Don’t tell me I don’t know poverty. I grew up in the second poorest county in the entire United States. Rich hypocrites like Ted Kennedy and John Edwards pretend to speak for the poor of the US. They have no idea what poverty is and probably have no friends who are not millionaires. Anyway, what I wanted to share was this lovely tidbit of information from Rush Limbaugh’s newsletter in July 2007:

Late last year, the Hoover Institute published a study pulling together the federal government’s own contradictory data about wealth in this country — exposing as fraud the poverty-rate thermometer liberals constantly wield as a rhetorical weapon.

…Acording to the Hoover study:

The proportion of households lacking air-conditioning was lower among the officially poor in 2001 than among the general public in 1980. By 2001, over half of all poverty-level households had cable television and tow or more television sets. Moreover, by 2001 one in four officially poor households had a personal computer, one in six had internet access, and three out of four had at least one VCR or DVD [player] — devices unavailable even to the affluent a generation earlier…For all forms of motor transport, U.S. poverty households’ ownership levels in 2003 matched overall U.S. families’ auto ownership levels from the early 1960’s; and poverty households’ ownership levels for two or more motor vehicles paralleled that of the general U.S. public in the late 1950s or early 1960s.

If today’s “poor” are living more comfortably than much of the 1960s middle-class did, they are certainly not on the brink of death. Does their “everyday living imp[ly] choosing between an adequate diet…and some other necessity”? Clearly, the data shows the answer is no. It also proves that the way we measure poverty in this country bears no semblance to reality.

I’m not arguing that every American is living the high life; but because of free-market capitalism, poor Americans are fed, own luxuries our grandparents could never imagine, and are wealthy compared to those considered middle-class in the Third World. We simply are not a nation battling hunger pangs, period.

…Folks, poverty, as it was defined in the 1960s, and as it is defined in most of the world, has effectively been wiped out in America.

It’s precisely the Democrats’ constant lies about poverty and other issues in the US that people in other countries think we have our priorities mixed up and have a generally negative view of the US.

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2 Responses to “Is it too much to ask for Democrats to stop trashing the United States?”

  1. Renae says:

    One problem is that most individuals are in debt for all their stuff. Wants in life have become needs. We can’t see our blessing through the bills.

  2. casey says:

    Definitely. People seem to have a difficulty in distinguishing between wants and needs. I guess that’s why it’s so easy for them to believe that they’re poor and need handouts from politicians.