It's quite interesting. Some of these things happen in all developed nations, but quite a significant number of them only happen in the US. For example, it did not realize just how fucked up health care is in the US prior to reading this article.
Being poor is knowing you work as hard as anyone, anywhere.
This is definitely not the US. Most of our poor don't work at all (and are not trying to work), and about 90% don't work full time.
Being poor is not enough space for everyone who lives with you.
In the US, 67% of poor households have 2 rooms per person (compared to 70.2% of non-poor households).
Being poor is stealing meat from the store, frying it up before your mom gets home and then telling her she doesn’t have make dinner tonight because you’re not hungry anyway.
In the US, being poor is eating the meat, the potato chips, the bacon and the ice cream. But it might be a quart of Krasdale rather than a pint of Ben & Jerry's.
[Edit: I'm speculating that the poor get fat off a broad sampling of typical American fatty foods. I could be getting specific food items wrong. Thanks krschultz for pointing out that my comment was unclear.]
I really don't know what part of the world he is talking about.
[edit: changed secondary source to original source on obesity. ]
The housing data is a similar problem. That "2 rooms per person" statistic is correct, but is the wrong statistic, since the Census Bureau defines the statistic by saying:
Rooms counted include whole rooms used for living purposes, such as bedrooms, living rooms, dining rooms, kitchens, recreation rooms, permanently enclosed porches that are suitable for year-round use, lodger’s rooms, and other finished rooms. Also included are rooms used for offices by a person living in the unit.
Thus a four-person family in a one-bedroom house is "luxuriously" enjoying two rooms per person...
So how about you try again and get the numbers and methodology right this time?
A one bedroom house with 8 rooms? That works out to what, a kitchen, a bathroom, a living room, a home office, an enclosed porch, a recreation room, a dining room and one bedroom?
$50 a MONTH. In vouchers. For only certain foods. Ice cream would definitely not be one of them. White bread is not one of them. Soda is not one of them.
Get your facts straight.
I've edited my comment to reflect the fact that I'm only speculating about specific food items making the poor fat. But make no mistake, the poor are fat - their average BMI is 29, only one point short of obesity. If you ever live in a poor neighborhood, all you need to do is open your eyes to see that everyone has plenty to eat.
Maybe something like that is the case here?
Early on during the recession, NPR, an American radio station did a report on people going hungry as a result of the recesssion. Go look at the picture. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=9259254...
No starving person in Africa or anywhere else had a BMI of 29.
The only vouchers are for "Juice (without extra sugar), Milk, Cereal, Cheese, Eggs, Fruits and Vegetables, Whole Wheat Bread, Fish, Canned Vegetables, and Peanut Butter".
Where I'm from poor people take the bus, as they could afford neither a car nor the gas.
I don't think that there is any town in Germany that is not reachable by bus, and our inner cities have at least adequate public transit.
Apart from free health care, good public transit could turn some things in the US.
It was already discussed here before (with many comments), but it was submitted as a comment: