Remember Mitt Romney’s infamous “poor” comment? If not, here it is again:
“I’m not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs repair, I’ll fix it. I’m not concerned about the very rich; they’re doing just fine. I’m concerned about the very heart of America, the 90-95% of Americans who right now are struggling.”
Well, it got me thinking: Romney was actually being honest about Americans in general. We don’t - none of us - spend much time thinking about the very poor.
But we should, because we have a real problem in this area, an economic, political and moral problem.
By Romney’s calculations, if 95% of Americans fall in the middle class, then there must be less than 5% of Americans who qualify as poor.
The number from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the association of the world’s developed economies, is actually 17.3%.