This is What Poverty in America Looks Like

While politicians have been devoting more and more rhetoric as of late to the problems of the middle class, a new study shows just how deeply entrenched in poverty much of the country remains.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) made headlines recently when he called America’s poor the “envy of the world,” which may be easy to say when you’re worth $448 million.

“If you go to India or you go to any number of other Third World countries, you have two problems: You have greater inequality of income and wealth. You also have less opportunity for people to rise from the have-not to the have,” Issa said, according to CNN Money.

A Census Bureau report in October 2014 said that more than 48 million Americans live below the poverty line, and while Issa seems to think that’s not such a raw deal in this country, a new study from Brookings shows just the opposite. They found out who is living in “deep poverty,” meaning the families whose household cash income under half the federal poverty threshold.