Are the poor of this country really that poor?

If the poor of this country are truly poor, why are the liquor stores the busiest store in the poor neighborhoods?
Why does the rent to own industry do billions of dollars a year marketing 300% markup TVs to the people in the neighborhoods with the least money?
Why do so many poor people smoke? The average smoker spends 3400 bucks a year. That 3400 bucks a year put into a average mutual fund compounded over 40 years would make anyone quite wealthy.
Why are drugs so available in poor neighborhoods? Drugs are expensive...I thought they couldnt afford anything?
Why do I see so many cars in neighborhoods with expensive wheels or really expensive car audio? Once again, I thought the poor couldnt afford anything?
I read an article the other day that stated according to the census 70% of the people in this country below the poverty level have cable or satellite Tv. How can they afford that with no money?
Why do I see cell phone stores in the ghetto?

Answer:
It's all relative to what you compare it with... ~
Poor people are usually the ones with the least ability to manage their money. They therefore feed all the sharks.
I agree, let's a make a law, if you are poor, you are not allowed, TV, cell phones, iPods, etc... All your money has to go to feeding your crack addicted baby.
whos opinion of poor are you following?
welfare. But I see your point. There are millions of starving homeless - these people don't have the advantages you mention. But there are also millions of borderline poor. they have homes and can make decisons about how to spend what little money they have.
you need to ask the ones who gave them that titlle of poor. They are not poor, its just a title that was given to them according to the census. Im sure they lied on what they make on a yearly basis
The ones who really have nothing like no houses, are really poor, but I see your point. the poor somehow have enough for cable, cellphones, drugs, ect. I suppose you should rethink your definition of poor.
Because someone is poor, they can still prioritize the money that they do have to:

Buy a cell phone
Buy wheels for a car
Pay for cable

In terms of the Rent-To-Own industry, people that can't afford to purchase things such as furniture are often being taken advantage of by allowing those same people to make small payments that eventually add up to far more than the original purchase price would have been.

Where are the statistics that liquor stores are the busiest stores in poor neighborhoods? What are the smoking/income connections? Drugs? Seriously?
Poverty is a relative term. There will always be poor people. This is in relation to the affluent people. There are always people that will excel when ressources are present, and others who won't. In the US, even the poorest people are extremely wealthy when compared to poor people in Kinshasa.

So being poor is not as absolute as you think. You mention drugs. You shouldn't think of drugs as a luxury, the way rich people use them. In impoverished neighborhoods, drugs are a priority for people who cannot cope with the realities of their lives. So people would rather shoot heroin than eat, or pay off their debt. The rich do drugs recreationally, and it usually represents a small fraction of their net earnings.

So, to answer your question, poverty is relative to the society it's in. Sure these people are poor, but they will never know starvation, the way the poor in Africa do.
Depends on what you are calling poor. There are poor people who struggle to find work and feed their families. Those are the poor. The dead beats on the street who spend all available money on booze, drugs and party time are not poor. They want more benefits but they are not poor. If we could eliminate these people from public benefits there would be more for the truly poor. When you think of poor think of people living in small towns where there are few jobs. Trash balls standing on the streets of major cities are not poor they are just human garbage.
I would guess as to WHERE you live - whether you are really poor. I do believe, that even in America these days, there are a LOT of poor folks out there. I believe I am one of them. You see, I have no job, I have no unemployment, I have no welfare or medicaid and I don't have even a hint of a job today. I look for work constantly and I AM EDUCATED! I do know one thing for sure - that is - AGE DISCRIMINATION IS ALIVE AND WELL IN AMERICA THESE DAYS!
Maybe poorer people tend to drink their sorrows away.
Probably because not every one has credit or can drop down the money for a new TV. So that the rent to own thing may seem like a better idea to some people.
Lets see if they smoke it probably because other family members smoked and also if your going to drink it seems like it kind of goes with it.
They may be more available( I don't know) because every one is trying to make money, so then the drugs get brought into their own neighborhoods. They may trust the people there more. If money is stolen, or you get some money however you may do it and buy the stuff, then maybe it becomes easier to be able to afford to have it to sell.
They may be stolen. They may have used drug money to buy the items that you are seeing. I guess people can buy anything if drug money is being used.
Cable TV my be being gotten again from the ill gains of drug money.
I didn't know they had cell phone stores there. If they do, then some one must be buying them, yea think? Probably the drug dealers.

I hope this really helps you out with all your questions. It's the best that I can think of/come up with.

One more thing: Yes there are poor people out there and not all of them do drugs or rob other people either. Some of these people really do struggle and most probably don't have cable TV and all the goodies that you talked about.

There are after all people who are poor, but they are good people. Many struggle to survive just being able to survive on a day to day basis.
What country are you in? Regardless, there are profoundly poor people in every country. But there are also "poor" people who basically get everything they need but find a huge level of financial stress in pulling it all together.

Your idea of a "poor" neighborhood is confused. You are not likely to see a neighborhood where everyone is poor. If you did, that would mean you are poor yourself, because you are in the neighborhood too, at least at the moment when you are looking at it. (You didn't think of that, did you?) And obviously, you are not going to see the cars of the people who are too poor to have cars.
You are generalizing. Certainly what you say is true of some poor people, but most poor people by far are employed 40 hours a week, behind in their utility bills, paying for their prescriptions out of their pockets, and don't have or do anything of the things you named above.

It hurts to be poor. You have no idea how much. And the judgments by people like you make it worse. I don't condone the actions that you describe, but I do understand why those people are frantically grasping at ways to ease their pain and feel a little bit good about themselves.

Make no judgments where you have no compassion.
"Poor" isn't a precise term. It includes people who are at or below the federal povery line. These people usually have no health care coverage, so they can't afford vaccinations, new glasses, or dental care (lots of people fall in between the gap between Medicare and employer coverage).

It includes people who worked long hours for many years, only to retire without any kind of pension (and Social Security benefits only allow subsistence living for most).

Both of these groups can be bankrupted by the health care required for a simple illness.

It also includes the homeless, who have only what they carry with them.

Why do poor people smoke? Why do rich people smoke? It's an addiction, and people who are addicted will take money from other things to support the habit. Nicotine's been shown to be as addicting as heroin (meanwhile, heroin's illegal and tobacco isn't. Go figure).

Same theory applies to drugs. People who are miserable too often give up and seek something to relieve the misery immediately, especially if they believe they can't improve their situatons. Do I agree with this view? No, but I understand it. The need for immediate relief from pain becomes an addiction and an addict has to have what he's addicted to, unless he gets treatment (and there aren't anywhere enough treatment facilities. Most have long waiting lists).

Ask the kid of a drug-addicted parent where the money comes from. It comes from things like food. Many children in this country go to bed hungry.

Those "expensive" cars you're looking at are often older models with high mileage, driven by people with no insurance, to get to minimum-wage jobs.

The gap between the richest Americans and the poorest continues to grow each year. We've got generations who, in the past, would have worked at manufacturing jobs who can't find work - because the manufacturing jobs have been outsourced. If you look back to when America manufactured most of its own goods, you don't see the kinds of poverty and hopelessness you see now. Those jobs were union, paid enough to support a family, and had benefits.

What replaced it? A minimum-wage job without benefits. Many of the working poor work two jobs to get by, and the employees of some of the largest store chains have qualified for public assistance.

The fact is, most people will not go to college, or graduate, or get "white collar" jobs, but we don't have an economic path for those who are not college-bound (and lots of college grads end up after graduation with those minimum-wage, no-benefit jobs).

People in a position to benefit directly from this arrangement decided to make it easier for large corporations to outsource jobs to countries where wages are low and benefits unheard of, and to move company headquarters, for legal purposes, to small islands with no regulation to speak of.

Sure, there are problems with the unions, but at the core, unions brought about most of the improvements in job safety, conditions, wages, and benefits in the U.S. The weakening of the unions has led us back to the "robber baron" era of outrageous executive compensation at the expense of working Americans.

Many of those "poor" are working poor.

Cell phones stores in the ghetto? (A) the poor aren't usually content to sit around and be poor without the things other people have, and (B) those aren't the phones with the best pricing plans, usually, and (C) poor people need to keep in touch, too.

Like so many things, poverty looks simple until you look at it closely.

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