We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
This confusion of wealth with in come is really beginning to bug me. It probably shouldn't, because there is obviously some overlap. But why should I pay any attention to an article when the headline exhibits profound ignorance about the subject being written about?
The data, however, is from the census and is as good as survey data can possibly be.
I think the most interesting part is the graph of which counties have increasing income -- many of which are also prominent in the poverty map. That increasing income is because of supply-and-demand, with the demand being for people who want to work.
The housing market in ND is also booming, but if you are willing to share with others, that is where the opportunities are, whether you are a teacher, nurse, retail-cashier, or even a roughneck.
yes, higher income in an area leads to higher cost of living, which causes people to need still higher income to survive there in a death spiral.
That comes crashing down when there's a large influx of cheap labour as temp workers who live outside the area and work inside it for wages that the locals can't accept and still survive at.
E.g. if I need $3000 to pay the rent, buy a modicum of decent food (nothing fancy) and some clothes, any job paying less than that will not cover my bills and I'm unable to accept it except for very short term situations.
If in then next state over where people can live comfortably on $2000 a month and have some money left to save, there's an agency come up with the luminous idea to ship unemployed from there over to my state on busses, put them in hostels where they cook up meals from supplies also brought on those busses, and the agency gets $2500 a month per person for them, paying them $2000, taking $300 to pay for that hostel, and making $200 profit, there's no more jobs for the locals in my own state.
That's the current situation in much of the EU btw, so it's not fictional. Hundreds of thousands of Poles, Czechs, and soon Bulgarians and Romanians do this every week.
They get trucked over in busses to Germany, France, the Netherlands, and Belgium, work there for several weeks, then get trucked back home for a week's vacation.
They make several times the wage they'd make in their own country for the same job, the agency makes a hefty profit, companies in the west get cheap labour, and poverty in the west skyrockets as unemployment explodes.
To add insult to injury, the EU have now declared that those Poles etc. are to be paid unemployment benefits by the western countries if they get fired from their jobs because they were employed there, at western rates, when they never paid any taxes there because as expats they pay taxes in their home countries.
The problem with any discussion of "poverty" in America is that it is a dishonest discussion from the go. Every "poor" person in America gets some form of welfare and many get tens of thousands in welfare, but none of this is counted in the evaluation of income or poverty. So a "poor" person may have the income equivalent of someone making $60k before taxes and still considered to have nothing. While someone making $60k may well be paying over half of their income in taxes (to support the poor don'tcha know) and they are still evaluated as making $60k as though that was their net income. The single biggest cause of poverty in this country is taxes. The onerous weight of the bloated government bureaucracy (federal, state, county and city) takes more then half of the earnings of the middle class and promises to take far more in the future. Let's at least acknowledge that all of the discussions about poverty, food insecurity, and social justice is really about taking more from the productive and giving it to the unproductive in exchange for their vote so the powerful politicians can retain power. This is what the tea party is all about changing in America and this is why the tea party must be disparaged, isolated and destroyed.
Everyone knows some "poor" people. Ask yourself do they go without cigarettes and beer everyday? Do they take drugs, maybe even casually? Do they binge buy expensive foods when they get thier food stamps each month. Do they own a car, color TV's, cable, laptops, computer games, air conditioning, etc.? And yet the government seems to think we also need to feed them for free in schools. Wouldn't want to inconvenience their parents by cutting into their beer and wine money.
There are a few exceptions, primarily oil patch country, in which this map could be overlain with state and federal government jobs and you would find a rather high correlation. Government takes care of its own.