14. In order to define and quantify poverty in America, the Census Bureau uses ‘poverty thresholds’ or Official Poverty Measures (OPM), updated each year. In September 2017, more than one in every eight Americans were living in poverty (40 million, equal to 12.7% of the population). And almost half of those (18.5 million) were living in deep poverty, with reported family income below one-half of the poverty threshold.
Yep, I said that they would get their numbers wrong.
The OPM is the number of people in poverty *before* the things which government does to reduce poverty. Thus the basic assertions about poverty are bollocks, aren’t they?
The actual answer is that America is both richer and more unequal than other OECD countries.