But sometimes ya just gotta lance the boil... (Since this is all true, I'm keeping this vague to protect the guilty)
There is a person in my immediate or "almost immediate" family, who works an entry-level job at or just above minimum wage. This job is not quite full-time. This person has one child out-of-wedlock. This person receives food stamps. This person receives state-subsidized daycare. This person gets OHP (Oregon's version of low-income health coverage). This person gets Section 8 housing, so this person's out-of-pocket monthly rent is about $130. By government standards, this person is living in poverty.
This person lives unmarried with a Significant Other. This SO works a similar entry-level job, and pays roughly half of the household expenses (not that there are many). This SO, however, is not listed as any kind of resident or breadwinner or contributor to the household. The State is aware of this ruse. But like a honey badger, the State just doesn't give a ****.
Haven't heard yet what the SO's taxes look like this year, but this person in my family is getting a $5600 tax "refund" this year. This person is DRIPPING WITH EXCITEMENT about how they're just days away from having a 72" HDTV, a brand new washer and dryer, and some brand new furniture. By government standards, this person is living in poverty.
Meanwhile, I work at least 55 hours a week and have none of those things. My couch is sprouting holes. The boy doggie is overdue for a vet visit, but we can't afford it right now. Keeping up with the bills has been extra challenging the last few months. By government standards, I am a fair bit above median income.
...with liberty and justice for all.