When most Americans think about the poor they draw images of malnutrition, missing meals, worn out shoes, few clothes to wear, deplorable living conditions, and lack of medical care. They also paint a picture of the homeless, occasional sleeping arraignments indoors due to inclement weather and food kitchens. All of this is true, however not on the scale as the media or Leftist politicians have historically implied or what the government classifies as poor people today.

Benjamin Franklin, one of our Founders, once said — “I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I travelled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.” 

Back during 2011 the Heritage Foundation reported on the typical household that the government defined as poor by still having the following amenities:

• Car, air conditioning, two color televisions, cable or satellite TV, a DVD player, and a VCR. For children, especially boys, the family has a game system, such as an Xbox or PlayStation.

• In the kitchen, a refrigerator, oven with stove, and a microwave. Other items include a clothes washer, clothes dryer, ceiling fans, a cordless phone, and a coffee maker.

• The typical poor family has a home in good repair and not overcrowded. The typical average poor American has more living space in their home than the average (non-poor) European.

• According to the government’s own report the typical poor family was not hungry and able to obtain medical care when needed. The family had sufficient funds during recent years to meet all their essential needs.

The government ranked poor family is not hungry and the average intake of protein, vitamins and minerals were indistinguishable of middle income. Poor males today at age 18 and 19 are taller and heavier than middle class males of the 1950s. The typical soldier of World War II weighed less than and were shorter than the typical poor male of today.

Fast forward to present day and we have found it was not enough to keep people in poverty the way Democrats did for decades, they found a way to inject a failed dangerous ideology known as Marxism, entrapping millions in that mindset.

During a 2017 poll, 44% of  Millennials would rather live under Socialism, Communism or to a smaller extent under Fascism. However, the majority Millennials realize the lie perpetrated on them, which was taught to them in public education and how dangerous the ideology historically is. Millennials must wake from the lie of Marxist ideology or it will mean their own demise in permanent enslavement by a tyrannical ruling class, poverty and or death.

There is an example of Socialism being preferred over Capitalism from a previous piece as cited from an American school textbook, plus other apparent downloadable falsehoods located in this piece: “We Will Take Your Guns And More!

The true class of poor of yesterday could only dream of what the government classifies as poor today. More and more redistribution of wealth (Government Socialism) has only enabled the so-called poor of today to stay impoverished and do less to climb out of poverty, while wanting more and more. In fact nearly half the nation is being subsidized by the other half.

If only the “Government classified poor” would stop listening to self-serving politicians and political activists that tell them they have been wronged, kept down, and discriminated against. They only do this for their votes in order to be elected and stay elected while living much richer lives off the taxpayer.

The poor of today are a far cry from misery of 50 years ago. It is little wonder that the rest of the world thinks of Americans as lazy and they would be right. American born citizens should realize how lucky they truly are and how great the opportunities are right here in their own backyard. Many immigrants see the opportunities to better their lives and quickly improve their lot in life by working.

The opportunities and programs for Americans of all backgrounds are out there and available in one form or the other today. America is set now for an economic turnaround in 2018 due to the reduction in personal and business tax, recently passed by Congress and signed into law last December by the President; this means more jobs.

The Davis Children, circa 1961

The above photo is of a poor family; their father died at the age of 32 leaving their mother to raise them alone in Appalachia. Their mother drew her dead husbands Social Security rather than Welfare while she did whatever low paying jobs she could find while riding the bus. It may as well have been the “Great Depression” of the 30’s for this family. When their mother came home she was too worn out to impart the pearls of wisdom of real life, so those kids learned them on their own.

Their sister was visiting from their grandparents at the time of the photo where she lived for a while because her mother had too much to take care of. In this photo the boys are wearing their one set of school clothes for the year; the summer time they played wearing no shoes, though once, one of them attended school with no shoes.

In this photo there is an open sewer ditch behind them and an unpaved muddy rocky road while they stood on their sidewalk. The only running water in their shabby home was a kitchen sink. They bathed in a steel tub on the back porch; bathroom was an outhouse in the back. Sometimes the electric would be shut off because their mother could not pay the electric bill. These children barely had enough to eat and missed many meals due to not enough food; what food they did eat was not always nutritious. By the age of 5 and 6 the boys went out going home to home asking for any work to do and they also sought money by picking up glass soda bottles to trade in for deposit money at the market and also climbed apple trees when apples were ripe enough to eat.

MSgt Phillip H. Davis

Who were those children in the photo; they are my two brothers and sister; though one died at 23. Yes, this 62 year old and siblings made it because they put one foot in front of the other and worked hard at whatever it was. Do we need or want your sympathy? No, it would make us very uncomfortable.

Do Americans today have a far greater chance at a better life than I did? Yes, especially today. One just has to roll up one’s sleeves and get busy working for it. It’s not easy but then again nothing is easy that is worth having. Get busy doing any work you can find and do it well, because all work can build on unseen skills that may transfer in one sense or the other to a better job. Be honest, on time and trustworthy in your work and the rest will eventually present itself in due time; it’s America.

Phil Davis served in the USAF from 1973-1993 and most of it was working in Command and Control at Strategic Air Command (SAC) and United States Air Forces Europe USAFE, while his two best assignments was working at HQ 8AF Command Center from 1984-1989 at Barksdale AFB, with a one year assignment serving with the 485 Tactical Missile Wing, Ground Launch Cruise Missiles in Belgium during 1986-1987. Phil has been writing on political issues since 1993, including a run with the Examiner prior to 2013. It was just after that when he started his own blog where he has written on various subjects about a myriad of topics related to our country's political environment and the rediscovery of American Patriotism.