The Electronic Devices That Heritage Cites Are Everyday Necessities Today. Who Has Iceboxes Anymore? Who Doesn’t Need a Cell Phone to Find a Job or Keep One? Fortunately, These Appliances Are All Significantly Cheaper These Days, but Not So the Real Everyday Basics Such as Quality Child Care and Out-of-pocket Medical Costs, Both of Which Have Risen Much Faster Than Inflation, Squeezing the Budgets of the Poor and Middle-class Alike. In a Nutshell, Poverty Today Is About a Lack of Access to Public Goods, Not Consumer Items.