Saturday, August 06, 2011

Bill Whittle: Rich Man, Poor Man

“I’ve been rich, and I’ve been poor; believe me, rich is better.” This saying has been attributed to two American actresses, Sophie Tucker (1884-1966) and Mae West (1892-1980). But whoever said it, "rich" and "poor" are both relative terms when it comes down to it. Americans are seen in much of the developing world, not only as a rich nation on the whole, but the poor in America as better off than the average person in, say, Somalia or Sudan.

Bill Whittle of Pajamas Media and the Heritage Foundation has made a name for himself in "doing the math" to refute much of the conventional wisdom of the politically-correct. What he has to say, and how he reached the point where he comes to say it, may surprise even those who have followed his viral videos on YouTube. In the months ahead, we here at mwbh will be following him as well. Whittle does not specify what he means by "poor," but we might safely assume he uses the United States government standard for the poverty level. Still, it would have been better had he clarified that.

Readers may also be interested in a Heritage Foundation report entitled "What Is Poverty?"

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