According to the U.S. Census, 14.3 percent of the population was poor in 2009, almost the exact same percentage as in 1966 when the War on Poverty started. But today's poverty is far different than what poor Americans experienced in 1966. The Heritage Foundation's Robert Rector and Rachel Sheffield have just released a report documenting just some of the amenities and superior health outcomes today's poor enjoy.
Rector and Sheffield report that the average household defined as poor by the government is equipped with air conditioning, cable TV, a car, a television, a DVD player, and if a boy is in the house, an Xbox or Playstation. The size of the average poor American's home is actually LARGER than the average living space of a typical middle-income European.
Today's poor are actually taller and heavier than the middle-class of the 1950s and are a full one inch taller and 10 pounds heavier than American soldiers who fought in World War II.
You can read the full report, here.