Propriétaires et locatairesLes québécois (et les canadiens) aiment bien regarder les américains de manière condescendante en se disant que notre société est tellement "plusse meilleure" et solidaire avec ses laissés pour compte. Pourtant…

Aux États-Unis: 43% des pauvres sont propriétaires de leur maison*.

Au Québec: 11% des pauvres sont propriétaires de leur maison.

On dirait bien que les pauvres aux États-Unis s'en tirent mieux que ceux du Québec… Avant de faire des leçons de morales aux américains, on devrait plutôt regarder ce qui se passe chez-nous.

*Certains diront que l'accès trop facile au crédit a gonflé artificiellement le nombre de propriétaire. À ces gens je réponds qu'en 1999, moment où l'accès au crédit pour l'achat d'une maison était encore limité, 44% des pauvres étaient propriétaires. Par contre il faut reconnaître que la capacité de déduire les frais d'hypothèque de son rapport d'impôt est un puissant incitatif. Reste qu'il est merveilleux de constater qu'aux États-Unis, les "pauvres" sont assez riches pour s'acheter une maison pour sauver de l'impôt.

Hier les États-Unis ont publié les résultats du recensement 2006 sur la pauvreté:

Club for Growth
Don’t Listen to the Liberals: 2006 Census Data Is Good News

No matter how you spin it—and the liberals are trying very hard—the new census data released yesterday is good news. Consider some of the latest findings:

  • The nation’s poverty rate has declined since last year
  • Median household income rose for the second straight year
  • Poorest households had the largest percentage income gain

This good news though, does not sit well with liberals whose political careers depend on convincing Americans that they need the government to save them from themselves. Desperate to paint a dark and dreary picture, these liberals are brandishing the increased number of people without health insurance as proof of the country’s dire need for socialized medicine. “Today's new Census Bureau data reporting that now 47 million Americans have no health insurance, an increase of over 2 million people, demonstrates the urgent need to cover every American,” Hillary Clinton moaned yesterday.

Of course, Hillary Clinton and her cronies fail to mention that of the 2.2 million people who became uninsured in 2006, 1.4 million, or 64%, had a household income of $75,000 or higher. In other words, an overwhelming majority of the newly uninsured can afford health insurance but are making the choice to forgo insurance because they believe it is not worth the expense.

“The conclusion to draw from this statistic is not socialized medicine,” said Club for Growth President Pat Toomey, “but the need to deregulate healthcare in this country and make health insurance more affordable. One of the best ways to do this is by passing Rep. John Shadegg’s Healthcare Choice Act, allowing insurance companies to comply with any one state’s regulatory regime and sell to individuals in all 50 states. Healthcare in this country is so overregulated and expensive, some states, like Washington, require health insurance companies to cover such crucial procedures as acupuncture, chiropractors, and massage therapy. It’s no wonder more Americans are choosing not to purchase state-mandated luxury health insurance policies.

“Amazingly, liberals are bemoaning the new census data when they should be turning cartwheels. This cup-is-completely-empty attitude makes you wonder if the liberal politicians care more about spewing left-wing demagoguery and riling up their Daily Kos base than they do about actually bettering people’s lives.”