Monday, July 30, 2012

Poverty--understanding scale

The following appeared in Blacklisted News.  Lots to think about here!

100 Million Poor People In America And 39 Other Facts About Poverty That Will Blow Your Mind
July 25, 2012
American 20-dollar bill folded to "show" the World Trade Center crumbling
Every single day more Americans fall into poverty. This should deeply alarm you no matter what political party you belong to and no matter what your personal economic philosophy is. Right now, approximately 100 million Americans are either “poor” or “near poor.”  For a lot of people “poverty” can be a nebulous concept, so let’s define it. 

The poverty level as defined by the federal government in 2010 was $11,139 for an individual and $22,314 for a family of four. Could you take care of a family of four on less than $2000 a month? Millions upon millions of families are experiencing a tremendous amount of pain in this economy, and no matter what “solutions” we think are correct, the reality is that we all should have compassion on them. Sadly, things are about to get even worse. . . .

The following are 40 facts about poverty in America that will blow your mind….

#1 In the United States today, somewhere around 100 million Americans are considered to be either “poor” or “near poor”.

#2 It is being projected that when the final numbers come out later this year that the U.S. poverty rate will be the highest that it has been in almost 50 years.

#3 Approximately 57 percent of all children in the United States are living in homes that are either considered to be either “low income” or impoverished.

#4 Today, one out of every four workers in the United States brings home wages that are at or below the poverty level.

#5 According to the Wall Street Journal, 49.1 percent of all Americans live in a home where at least one person receives financial benefits from the government. Back in 1983, that number was below 30 percent.

#6 It is projected that about half of all American adults will spend at least some time living below the poverty line before they turn 65.

#7 Today, there are approximately 20.2 million Americans that spend more than half of their incomes on housing. That represents a 46 percent increase from 2001.

#8 During 2010, 2.6 million more Americans fell into poverty. That was the largest increase that we have seen since the U.S. government began keeping statistics on this back in 1959.

#9 According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the percentage of “very poor” rose in 300 out of the 360 largest metropolitan areas during 2010.

#10 Since Barack Obama became president, the number of Americans living in poverty has risen by 6 million and the number of Americans on food stamps has risen by 14 million.

#11 Right now, one out of every seven Americans is on food stamps and one out of every four American children is on food stamps.

#12 It is projected that half of all American children will be on food stamps at least once before they turn 18 years of age.

#13 The poverty rate for children living in the United States is 22 percent, although when the new numbers are released in the fall that number is expected to go even higher.

#14 One university study estimates that child poverty costs the U.S. economy 500 billion dollars a year.

#15 Households that are led by a single mother have a 31.6% poverty rate.

Continue reading here.


David G said...

Hey Larry,

David Gleason here. I tried to email you recently but apparently have an incorrect email address. What's the best way for me to reach you?


David G said...


Anonymous said...

Larry, I read the entire article. If you have not already done so read the article that the author wrote on why there will never be enough jobs in America. Sounds like he is pointing to ever increasing regulations and bureaucracy as the main culprit. The article is linked at the end of the one you posted. Would love your feedback.


Anonymous said...

To make it easier on everyone please click the following link to read the author's other link. This guy has plenty to say about both parties, but the article posted by Larry is not complete without the other article. You can read it here.


Larry James said...

Thanks, RC. You are correct, and of course I had read the entire essay. Believe it or not, my main concern is the plight of the poor. I can read things and evaluate them even when they go against some ideas that I hold to the contrary. And, he should, as you say, "have plenty to say about both parties"! No one is speaking for the poor among our leaders today. While I don't agree with the author on some of what he says, I feel the facts he brings out about poverty are key and must be addressed by people like you and me. Poverty is not partisan, it's painful and destructive. That for me is the bottom line.

Larry James said...

BTW--I don't think that the idea that there will never be enough jobs in the US again is inevitable; however, it will require a radical departure from our current pathway to insure that all who want to work and are able to do so can.

Anonymous said...

What a great comment Larry. Fits right in with the new welfare state. The poor will not even need to fake looking for a job.