Why has no one ever thought of this before?

“We have no one in the state of North Carolina living in extreme poverty,” [Republican state Rep. George] Cleveland said. Extreme poverty is prevalent in other countries, not in the United States, he added.

“Poverty is a governmental definition in this country, and through the years they keep redefining poverty to make sure we have a poverty class. Poverty is you’re out there living on a dollar and half a day. I don’t think we have anybody in North Carolina doing that.

All you have to do is redefine poverty down to “literally no money at all,” and poof, it’s all gone.  Problem solved!  I’m sure these 9 million retirees will be very relieved to hear that they’re actually doing pretty well for themselves.  Not to mention all those Masters Of The Universe who have to scrape by on a few hundred thousand a year now.

There probably are people in North Carolina (or any state) who still meet Cleveland’s definition of “poverty,” but just think how much you can slash the poverty rate by eliminating everyone trying to live on between $550 and $11-22,000 a year.

It’s kinda like excluding the long-term jobless from the unemployment rate, or fighting corporate crime by eliminating regulations and oversight.