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    I recently received this email - can't verify it on Snopes, so it must be true

    Anyway I wish to share this with my Tea Party Friends

    TEN POOREST CITIES
    City, State, % of People Below the Poverty Level
    1. Detroit , MI 32.5%
    2. Buffalo , NY 29..9%
    3. Cincinnati , OH 27.8%
    4. Cleveland , OH 27.0%
    5. Miami , FL 26.9%
    5. St. Louis , MO 26.8%
    7. El Paso , TX 26.4%
    8. Milwaukee , WI 26.2%
    9. Philadelphia , PA 25.1%
    10. Newark , NJ 24.2%








    U.S. Census Bureau, 2006 American Community Survey, August 2007

    What do the top ten cities (over 250,000) with the highest poverty rate all have in common?



    Detroit, MI (1st on the poverty rate list) hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1961.

    Buffalo, NY (2nd) hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1954.

    Cincinnati, OH (3rd) hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1984.

    Cleveland, OH (4th) hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1989.

    Miami, FL (5th) has never had a Republican mayor.

    St. Louis, MO (6th) hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1949.

    El Paso, TX (7th) has never had a Republican mayor.

    Milwaukee, WI (8th) hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1908.

    Philadelphia, PA (9th) hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1952.

    Newark, NJ (10th) hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1907.


    Einstein once said,
    'The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.'


    It is the poor who habitually elect Democrats yet they are still POOR!
    "You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
    You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
    You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
    You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
    You cannot build character and courage by taking away people's initiative and independence.
    You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves."
    Abraham Lincoln

    And...Mr. Obama, you are no Abe Lincoln!

  • #2
    I guess a whole county, not just a city, being about 29% below poverty level doesn't count for anything in their statistics.

    "Sorry Morgan County, TN, we staticians only care about your numbers if we think it's politically useful to do so."

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    • #3
      Originally posted by firecat1 View Post
      I guess a whole county, not just a city, being about 29% below poverty level doesn't count for anything in their statistics.

      "Sorry Morgan County, TN, we staticians only care about your numbers if we think it's politically useful to do so."
      Funny thing about that poverty level, it is a moving target. This is how it is measured
      In 1963-1964, Molly Orshansky of the Social Security Administration developed poverty thresholds. Orshansky based her poverty thresholds on the "thrifty food plan," which was the cheapest of four food plans developed by the Department of Agriculture. The food plan was "designed for temporary or emergency use when funds are low," according to the USDA. Based on the 1955 Household Food Consumption Survey from the USDA (the latest available survey at the time), Orshansky knew that families of three or more persons spent about one third of their after-tax income on food. She then multiplied the cost of the USDA economy food plan by three to arrive at the minimal yearly income a family would need. Using 1963 as a base year, she calculated that a family of four, two adults and two children would spend $1,033 for food per year. Using her formula based on the 1955 survey, she arrived at $3,100 a year ($1,033 x3) as the poverty threshold for a family of four in 1963.
      How We Measure Poverty: it is a good read.

      What irks me is to see people allegedly living in poverty getting food stamps. Yet they have money for cigarettes, beer, and drugs. And they spend the food stamp money foolishly, buying things like slim jims and 20 oz sodas in the local convenience store. never mind you can buy the 2 liter bottle for less than the 20 oz bottle.

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      • #4
        You know there are political forums on the internet, right?

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        • #5
          And that this aint one of them !

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          • #6
            [QUOTE=ScareCrow57;1191026]
            It is the poor who habitually elect Democrats yet they are still POOR!
            "You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
            You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
            You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
            You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
            You cannot build character and courage by taking away people's initiative and independence.
            You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves."
            Abraham Lincoln

            ScareCrow,
            Thank you for these profound words from Mr. Lincoln. Those words are 145 years old and the Dem's still haven't figured it out.
            When I was in the small town in Michigan my wife is from, I went to the local grocery store, (they only have one) and stood in line behind a woman who was buying all kinds of food. She paid for the steak, beer, ice cream, cigarettes with cash and the rest with food stamps. Since I only had one item I caught up with her in the parking lot in time to see her get in her one year old Cadillac and drive off. The state has a democratic governor.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by ScareCrow57 View Post
              I recently received this email - can't verify it on Snopes, so it must be true

              Anyway I wish to share this with my Tea Party Friends

              TEN POOREST CITIES
              City, State, % of People Below the Poverty Level
              1. Detroit , MI 32.5%
              2. Buffalo , NY 29..9%
              3. Cincinnati , OH 27.8%
              4. Cleveland , OH 27.0%
              5. Miami , FL 26.9%
              5. St. Louis , MO 26.8%
              7. El Paso , TX 26.4%
              8. Milwaukee , WI 26.2%
              9. Philadelphia , PA 25.1%
              10. Newark , NJ 24.2%








              U.S. Census Bureau, 2006 American Community Survey, August 2007

              What do the top ten cities (over 250,000) with the highest poverty rate all have in common?



              Detroit, MI (1st on the poverty rate list) hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1961.

              Buffalo, NY (2nd) hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1954.

              Cincinnati, OH (3rd) hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1984.

              Cleveland, OH (4th) hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1989.

              Miami, FL (5th) has never had a Republican mayor.

              St. Louis, MO (6th) hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1949.

              El Paso, TX (7th) has never had a Republican mayor.

              Milwaukee, WI (8th) hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1908.

              Philadelphia, PA (9th) hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1952.

              Newark, NJ (10th) hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1907.


              Einstein once said,
              'The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.'


              It is the poor who habitually elect Democrats yet they are still POOR!
              "You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
              You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
              You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
              You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
              You cannot build character and courage by taking away people's initiative and independence.
              You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves."
              Abraham Lincoln

              And...Mr. Obama, you are no Abe Lincoln!



              Who really give a ***.

              Now you are an expert on this too, huh?

              You just never cease to amaze me, by your right wing thoughts.

              Oh BTW why not keep it up as you did on several other forums and have them locked!

              Stay Safe and Well Out There....

              Always remembering 9-11-2001 and 343+ Brothers

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              • #8
                Actually this is totally incorrect. The poorest city by is whichever one you reside in.
                Even the burger-flippers at McDonald's probably have some McWackers.

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                • #9
                  The amazing thing about the 10 poorest cities is that no matter who is President, there will always be 10 of them...
                  "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." -- Benjamin Franklin

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Firetacoma1 View Post
                    You know there are political forums on the internet, right?





                    My wise and profound comments and opinions are mine alone and are in no way associated with any other individual or group.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by MarcusKspn View Post
                      The amazing thing about the 10 poorest cities is that no matter who is President, there will always be 10 of them...
                      Pretty much sums it up.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by MarcusKspn View Post
                        The amazing thing about the 10 poorest cities is that no matter who is President, there will always be 10 of them...
                        No matter where you go, there you are.
                        I am now a past chief and the views, opinions, and comments are mine and mine alone. I do not speak for any department or in any official capacity. Although, they would be smart to listen to me.

                        "The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list."

                        "When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the Fire Department usually uses water."

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                        • #13
                          For what it's worth, here are the 10 "poorest (by unemployment rates)" states and the party of the Governor:

                          1. Nevada (14.2%)
                          2. Michigan (13.2%)
                          3. California (12.3%)
                          4. Rhode Island (12.0%)
                          5. Florida (11.4%) Technically Republican
                          6. Mississippi (11.0%)
                          7. South Carolina (10.7)
                          8. Oregon (10.5%)
                          9. Ohio (10.5%)
                          10. Illinois (10.4%)

                          Now there are also many different questions that need to be asked in the field of statistics, such as "Is X voting Y because they are poor, or is X poor because they are voting Y, or is there any actual influence from either on either". But of course the meanings of statistics don't make nice little political talking points, they do require you to think after all instead of copy & pasting.

                          EDIT: Forgot to add my source, the unemployment numbers come from the US Department of Labor June 2010 with a quick dose of Wikipedia to check the political affiliation of each states Governor
                          Last edited by MarcusKspn; 07-22-2010, 11:15 AM.
                          "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." -- Benjamin Franklin

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                          • #14
                            Screw it, just because it is so much fun to take mundane little statistics and pretend that just because there is a relationship it equals a cause/effect situation I present the next list:

                            10 "richest" cities by GDP:

                            1 New York City

                            2 Los Angeles
                            3 Chicago
                            4 Philadelphia
                            5 Washington, D.C.
                            6 Boston
                            7 Dallas
                            8 Atlanta
                            9 San Francisco
                            10 Houston
                            "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." -- Benjamin Franklin

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by MarcusKspn View Post
                              Screw it, just because it is so much fun to take mundane little statistics and pretend that just because there is a relationship it equals a cause/effect situation I present the next list:

                              10 "richest" cities by GDP:

                              1 New York City

                              2 Los Angeles
                              3 Chicago
                              4 Philadelphia
                              5 Washington, D.C.
                              6 Boston
                              7 Dallas
                              8 Atlanta
                              9 San Francisco
                              10 Houston
                              Hey where is Camden, NJ????????
                              I am now a past chief and the views, opinions, and comments are mine and mine alone. I do not speak for any department or in any official capacity. Although, they would be smart to listen to me.

                              "The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list."

                              "When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the Fire Department usually uses water."

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