Rand Paul Says The Poor Are Getting Richer Despite Record Number Of Americans Falling Into Poverty

Author: September 14, 2011 6:39 am

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY)

Rand Paul has once again stuck his foot in his mouth. Despite the fact that Americans are falling into poverty in record numbers, Senator Paul, son of Ron Paul, says that the poor are getting rich. He also claimed that there is no correlation between poverty and death and that to claim that there was such a connection is nothing more than “socialism” and “tyranny.”

Census data revealed on Tuesday that a record 46.2 million Americans were living in poverty in 2010. Yet, Paul had this to say.

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“We also need to understand that poverty is not a state of permanence. When you look at people in the bottom 5th of the economic ladder — those at the bottom — only 5 percent are there after 16 years. People move up, the American dream does exist…The rich are getting richer, but the poor are getting richer even faster.”


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Paul’s claim is obviously bogus. ???Income inequality in the United States is greater than that of Pakistan and Ethiopia and higher than at any other time since the Great Depression. Because of exceedingly low tax rates, the rich are getting richer, with the richest one percent earning nearly 25 percent of the total income in the country. For Rand Paul to claim that the poor are getting “richer faster” is insulting. The American people are suffering. Only the richest Americans are getting richer. Meanwhile, median income levels have done nothing but drop since 2001. In other words, Americans are getting POORER, not richer. Rand Paul is just another Republican who is disconnected from the American people. That, or he just doesn’t give a damn.

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7 Comments

  • He is absolutely right from an absolute position. The poor have a higher lifestyle today than they did 50 years ago. In fact if we go back far enough the poor today have a higher standard of living than the nobility of 10th century Europe. The article tries to say that the number of the poor somehow defines their wealth which is obviously an unrelated input. Of course poor is simply a descriptor set by government set earning levels which means that some very wealthy people who happen to not have any income are poor.

    All of that aside I think everyone would rather be poor in today’s world in the US than rich in 1450. So the poor are getting richer in real terms – its just in comparative terms that they aren’t. The author seems to care more about comparative terms than real terms which strikes me as odd. For in order to think that one would have to say that the difference between poor and wealthy is more important than the standard of living from point in time X to point of time in the future Y for any given poor person.

    The logic of that system then says that it is more important to decrease the wealth of the rich if it could be done at a faster rate than increase the wealth of the poor (since the gap would closer faster). This is fundamentally inane because no poor person is actually better off if the rich suffer regardless of the gap being closed.

    Its poor logic and frankly piss-poor morality. If you want to help the poor then look about shifts in the lifestyle of the poor (not their numbers which says more about the general economy and not income distribution).

  • I don’t support Paul and I am not a libertarian. But the article does not address Paul’s issues. Is he right to say there is rotation or change in the people who are on the bottom? Granted 16 years is unacceptable. Are the “poor” richer? Do they have more disposable income, free time, better health, longer life, better quality of life than in the past? I did not study economics or sociology so I don’t know how to answer these questions. The article certainly did not. After reading the comments I am sad to see there is no one here to address the facts presented.

  • Amazing, I’m speachless over the stupidity and audasity of this political party.

  • The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. He’s spouting nonsence like his father. Go to usa.gov and send him a comment on his e-form and let him have it. Bombard him with the facts. He’s got to know he can’t get away with making outrageous comments like this and get away with it.

  • Tell a lie over and over again and someone will believe the lie. Then the lie gets repeated over and over again – and someone else believes it.

    Republican Voters need to get the facts straight and vote to replace their current leaders – or – at least call their Congressional Representatives and tell them we can’t wait for Presidential Elections to get this economy going.

  • The poor are getting “richer”? Those who are able to advance above the poverty level are getting “rich”? Rand is one loathsome piece of shit.

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