Re: The poor in America - How do they live?
Living rural along the Yukon where we do, you find half the community living way below the poverty line. They make it just fine living a subsistence lifestyle. Harvest moose, caribou, and nearly everybody has a fish net in the river when the salmon show up. People have gardens, and work seasonal jobs that often remove them from being taxed.
Some can't wait to sign up for any new govt program, others refuse to even collect social security, no joke I actually know a couple people in this boat and wonder if they are hiding out from a crime from many years back?
Then there are people who live marginally and own all kinds of land and tangible assets the govt has a hard time shaking down. One local guy owns over 800 acres, hasn't made 20 gran a year during his entire existence here, 36 years. He doesn't want anything from govt and always reminds me the trick is to not worry about how much you make, but how much one spends; alot of truth to that. Same guy doesn't worry too much about health care, (Our family plan costs 1800/month and I sure think about it) but this guy has become a regular health fanatic with clean living & natural homeopathic remedies that seem to work for him. Not suggesting that we all should start visiting the root doctor but some of it is beneficial, no joke.
People living urban have so many more expenses they can't lower or control; so they are forced to work several jobs to survive.