21 Facts About The Explosive Growth Of Poverty In America That Will Blow Your Mind

Michael Snyder, Economic Collapse blog,

Poverty In America - Public DomainWhat you are about to see is more evidence that the growth of poverty in the United States is wildly out of control.  It turns out that there is a tremendous amount of suffering in “the wealthiest nation on the planet”, and it is getting worse with each passing year.  During this election season, politicians of all stripes are running around telling all of us how great we are, but is that really true?  As you will see below, poverty is reaching unprecedented levels in this country, and the middle class is steadily dying.  There aren’t enough good jobs to go around, dependence on the government has never been greater, and it is our children that are being hit the hardest.  If we have this many people living on the edge of despair now, while times are “good”, what are things going to look like when our economy really starts falling apart?  The following are 21 facts about the explosive growth of poverty in America that will blow your mind…

#1 The U.S. Census Bureau says that nearly 47 million Americans are living in poverty right now.

#2 Other numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau are also very disturbing.  For example, in 2007 about one out of every eight children in America was on food stamps.  Today, that number is one out of every five.

#3 According to Kathryn J. Edin and H. Luke Shaefer, the authors of a new book entitled “$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America“, there are 1.5 million “ultrapoor” households in the United States that live on less than two dollars a day.  That number has doubled since 1996.

#4 46 million Americans use food banks each year, and lines start forming at some U.S. food banks as early as 6:30 in the morning because people want to get something before the food supplies run out.

#5 The number of homeless children in the U.S. has increased by 60 percent over the past six years.

#6 According to Poverty USA, 1.6 million American children slept in a homeless shelter or some other form of emergency housing last year.

#7 Police in New York City have identified 80 separate homeless encampments in the city, and the homeless crisis there has gotten so bad that it is being described as an “epidemic”.

#8 If you can believe it, more than half of all students in our public schools are poor enough to qualify for school lunch subsidies.

#9 According to a Census Bureau report that was released a while back, 65 percent of all children in the U.S. are living in a home that receives some form of aid from the federal government.

#10 According to a report that was published by UNICEF, almost one-third of all children in this country “live in households with an income below 60 percent of the national median income”.

#11 When it comes to child poverty, the United States ranks 36th out of the 41 “wealthy nations” that UNICEF looked at.

#12 The number of Americans that are living in concentrated areas of high poverty has doubled since the year 2000.

#13 An astounding 45 percent of all African-American children in the United States live in areas of “concentrated poverty”.

#14 40.9 percent of all children in the United States that are being raised by a single parent are living in poverty.

#15 An astounding 48.8 percent of all 25-year-old Americans still live at home with their parents.

#16 There are simply not enough good jobs to go around anymore.  It may be hard to believe, but 51 percent of all American workers make less than $30,000 a year.

#17 There are 7.9 million working age Americans that are “officially unemployed” right now and another 94.7 million working age Americans that are considered to be “not in the labor force”.  When you add those two numbers together, you get a grand total of 102.6 million working age Americans that do not have a job right now.

#18 Owning a home has traditionally been a signal that you belong to the middle class.  That is why it is so alarming that the rate of homeownership in the United States has been falling for eight years in a row.

#19 According to a recent Pew survey, approximately 70 percent of all Americans believe that “debt is a necessity in their lives”.

#20 At this point, 25 percent of all Americans have a negative net worth.  That means that the value of what they owe is greater than the value of everything that they own.

#21 The top 0.1 percent of all American families have about as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent of all American families combined.

If we truly are “the greatest nation on the planet”, then why can’t we even take care of our own people?

Why are there tens of millions of us living in poverty?

Perhaps we really aren’t so great after all.

It would be one thing if economic conditions were getting better and poverty was in decline.  At least then we could be talking about the improvement we were making.  But despite the fact that we are stealing more than a hundred million dollars from future generations of Americans every single hour of every single day, poverty just continues to grow like an aggressive form of cancer.

So what is wrong?

Why can’t we get this thing fixed?

Tell us what you think we should do as a nation to solve this problem by posting a comment below…

 

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  • Wanna make (negative) -$1600/month? Work minimum wage full time ($1000 income – $2600 expenses = NEGATIVE $1600/month)
    :

    Full time minimum wage per month after taxes:

    $1000/month.

    Expenses:

    (negative) -$2600/month, consisting of:

    $600 rent or mortgage
    $100 electricity
    $200 heat & stove
    $500 food, household products, home repairs, sewage, land taxes, home insurance
    $400 car, transportation, car repairs, car maintenance, gas, inspection, registration, tires, car insurance
    $100 water
    $500 medical insurance with $6000 deductible, copays, coinsurance
    $200 cable/internet/phone/cellphone

    $1000/month after tax income working full time minimum wage MINUS $2600/month expenses (not including credit cards, loans, school loans, and NO CHILDREN…. btw) = NEGATIVE $1600/month

    • I posted the above on FaceBook, and a guy said THEN WORK TWO JOBS. I said that if you read this post, it says you’d still be negative $400 and the solution is to work THREE minimum wage jobs 24×7. There’s a lot of brainwashed people who are fighting for lower wages out there. Can someone please explain this to me? Instead of saying, THAT GUY MAKES $20/HR, I WANT TO, TOO…….they say, I MAKE $7, THAT GUY MAKING $20 SHOULD MAKE $7 LIKE ME. Can someone explain this mentality to me? How people are fighting against their OWN SELF-INTERESTS???

      • This apparently is the level of public “intelligence”, at least among the FB set and similarly uniformed sheeple. It’s both stunning and frightening to watch the success of the institutionalized propaganda industry, and its ability to convince sheeple to act against their own best interests. All the while providing low-quality bread and circuses, and dumbing down the masses even further.

        • You know what’s a curse-word to these people?

          “SHARING”

          The word SHARING is now off-limits. You’re a COMMUNIST & SOCIALIST…if you say SHARE. Remember Jesus liked the word SHARE? These same people ALSO claim they are the “religious right”. LOL brainwashing They’d hand Jesus by his NUTS if he came down right now and FOX/Limbaugh/Hannity/O’Reilly would be cheerleading.

          • mulga mumblebrain

            The emptier the soul the greater the greed.

          • Jeremy

            You are missing a couple key points.

            First a sudden change to minimum wage will in fact reduce the buying power of all Americans. At best the buying power of those making minimum wage will stay about the same. When companies start paying more overhead (wages are the #1 overhead at most companies.) they have to raise their prices to compensate. This means when you raise minimum wage suddenly by 80% goods will rapidly rise in price by close to 80% or more. That means that the poverty line moves up by 80%. Those currently making more then minimum wage move closer to the poverty line while those making minimum wage stay the same distance below the poverty line as a percentage. Those who were making close to the new minimum wage already will likely fall below the poverty line entirely. Those sudden movements create more poverty not less.

            To illustrate with you numbers. Assume your numbers are correct before the 80% move here is what they look like after. I will be generous and say inflation is only 70%

            Current income: $1,800 a month
            Current expenses: $4,420
            Net loss: $2,620 (more then total expenses before the sudden “raise”)

            $1020 rent or mortgage
            $170 electricity
            $340 heat & stove
            $850 food, household products, home repairs, sewage, land taxes, home insurance
            $680 car, transportation, car repairs, car maintenance, gas, inspection, registration, tires, car insurance
            $170 water
            $850 medical insurance with $1020 deductible, copays, coinsurance
            $340 cable/internet/phone/cellphone

            This means we have few choices. 1. Slow incremental movement to the minimum wage doesn’t have nearly as much as a drastic effect and can be very helpful. 2. You restrict the profit companies can make forcing them to either cut prices or reinvest in the work. 3. Price fixing. The government sets the prices that goods can be sold for.

            1. Is a somewhat centrist social Democratic approach to using minimum wage in a capitalistic society.

            2. Is the socialistic approach (simplified)

            3. is the communistic approach (simplified.)

            As for labels, Minimum wage is at its heart a socialistic ideal. That doesn’t mean believing in it makes you a socialist. To truly be a socialist it means you believe that all rights to production should be owned by the works. ie no corporate ownership of business and to a lesser extent it minimizes private ownership of business as well. Soiclist will also claim they believe in the elimination of classes. In practice true socialism creates two classes, the ruling elite and the work.

            Let’s talk about sharing for a minute. I have no problem sharing. What I have a problem with is the government forceful taking money out of my hands and telling me where it needs to be shared. Obviously, a safety net is responsible and even expected by anyone who isn’t completely heartless. To take it to a level of true redistribution, will hurt the middle class most of all. Since you mentioned Jesus, you can’t do God’s work by taking away his greatest gift, free will.

          • hihello

            Congratulations, you are not struggling. That’s great. And you have some economic skills that you have used to compose your response. Wonderful; Great!

            Here’s some insight you may lack: FEW people who have low incomes want your money. They want the ability to earn a viable INCOME of their OWN, so they do not have to BEG. NO ONE enjoys asking others for money. LIFE is ALOT BETTER if you EARN ENOUGH MONEY TO LIVE. IT IS TERRIBLE TO HAVE LOW OR NO INCOME. Poverty, ‘WELFARE’ & ‘assistance’ is NO FUN.

            KEEP YOUR MONEY, put it in a really secure place – where the Sun never shines. And have a nice day.

      • mulga mumblebrain

        Of course you are. But what makes you think that being a communist or socialist is a bad thing? Capitalism’s greatest triumph is the way it has brainwashed the lower depths into worshipping their oppressors, and hating one another. Incessant, life-long, brainwashing will, and obviously does, do that.

      • hihello

        I agree with you. And yet I have been forced to realize it can be very difficult to survive without 2 jobs. It benefits NO ONE (except work-aholics). Nonetheless, it is what many ‘working people’ must do, it seems to be the new expected ‘normal’. I don’t think it is fair or healthy. It’s dehumanizing.

      • Heide

        It’s not “fighting for lower wages”. I get that it sounds like that’s what’s being said, but it’s more like “I want $15 an hour so I can afford my bills, and I don’t care that it hikes me to the guy making $20 who worked his way up to it. I want a chute, not a ladder”. The only wages being looked at, the only people being considered are the extremely poor.

        No one will argue that we have a terrible wage problem. With a capitalist society of businesses, it’s false thinking to assume that raising the minimum wages will somehow create economic growth when those people in need of it most either don’t work (Welfare) so they don’t care what the Min wage is.. Or barely work to satisfy the “Welfare to Work” programs requirements.

        Thinking of “more money = more spending” just doesn’t happen if you can’t stop businesses from reacting to a minimum wage hike by arbitrarily raising prices out of perceived necessity, or spite, whichever they so choose. You can’t raise minimum wage without addressing business reactions. One side can not pretend the other side doesn’t exist. This isn’t a wage problem, it’s a cost of living problem. I firmly believe we’re addressing the wrong end. Raising wages doesn’t address out of control businesses who are putting arbitrary percentages on the cost of doing business (IE “I have decided I want my labor cost to be no more than 25% of profit”) Guess what Mr/Mrs. 25% will have the right to do when the minimum wage hits $15 for real?

        We got here, in this outrageous cost of living, this way. We’re not going to get out because we forced a new wage. It’s not about wages. It’s about cost of living. Where’s the fight for that?

  • slorter

    Socialism and the idea of Socialism born out of 19th and 20th century America and nurtured and kept alive by people like Eugene V Debs and others of note was very much destroyed. As a prominent English politician and activist Tony Benn once said every generation has to learn what true democratic socialism is over and over again! What amazes me is how down human beings have to get before they say enough is enough and start to resist. The rich do not give a shit about the poor and the poor and middle class have to be clever in their resistance, it cannot be violent as you play right into their hands. I do feel that any recovery has to be community based and local where people support each other in ventures outside the neoconservative global consumer game!

    • mulga mumblebrain

      The rich find it easy to play the greedy but stupid middle against the bottom, who they dope up, lock up and fuck up with brain-destroying ‘tittietainment’ and junk-food. I no longer see a path to salvation but through a miracle of Divine or extra-terrestrial intervention. The parasite caste is now mired so deep in Evil and Idiocy as to be unreformable, and they will NEVER surrender their wealth, power and privilege. This situation, by the way, is what they were really celebrating as they chipped away at the Berlin Wall in 1989.

      • Tannenhouser

        See comment above there is a way. Best part is ‘they’ don’t even have to be involved. Good day.

    • Tannenhouser

      You need to make yourself safe first. Insulate yourself as best as possible. Participate in their circus only as much as needed. take simple concrete steps that empower yourself. Slowly but surely your life and yourself will become so visibly happy as to cause others to wonder why. When they wonder aloud to you, tell them what you have just been told. Seriously. It’s the only thing that I have found to truly work. Good day.

      • slorter

        “take simple concrete steps that empower yourself” makes sense! Be well!

  • Carl_Herman

    You asked what is wrong. History shows it’s all been oligarchies competing for empire; leading to two world wars, cold war, and today’s empire hiding as “fighting terrorism.” The great news is we have solutions. Documentation: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2015/05/bankster-looting-fundamental-fraud-that-debt-is-money-5-of-7.html

  • Silverado

    The psychopaths in charge have all the money they can print for such important things as empire and conquest and worthless yet very expensive things that go boom all over (and what they’ve turned into) Hell’s half acre. But they have no money for this or infrastructure repair or fully funding some kind of healthcare insurance solution or even getting more money to the schools. What will it take to change things around 180 degrees?? Identifying, arresting, prosecuting and then jailing these govt & financial neocon criminals en masse. It’s society’s turn to prosper instead of these liars, cheats, thieves and criminals which should be put into that proverbial dust-bin of history – quickly. Before they can hurt or fuck anything else up…

    • mulga mumblebrain

      An excellent ambition, indeed the only one that will prevent Near Term Human Extinction, but even the most modest moves to implement it will be met with homicidal fury.

  • jadan

    This is God’s judgment on America, probably for Roe v. Wade, Planned Parenthood, and the defilement of marriage by homosexuals. There’s lots more that pisses God off, but these are the big issues. If we want the poverty problem to go away, we need to defund Planned Parenthood, repeal Roe v. Wade, and outlaw sodomy & cunnilingus.

    • mulga mumblebrain

      Off your medication, again? Or taken too much.

    • Tannenhouser

      Whaaaaat????

    • epazote

      I noticed you don’t include fellatio in things you want banned
      why is that, jadan ?
      hmmmmm

      • jadan

        I don’t believe God is offended by what we moderns call “69”. People, especially non-Christians, can’t see the connections between abortion, sexual perversions, and other violations of God’s Laws and increasing poverty. They see an economic problem and tend to look for superficial solutions such as changes to the tax code. A Christian will look more deeply. He will see rampant buggery, for example. He will understand that God is subtle and even devious in His methodology. He will tweak the poverty rate. Studies indicate that sexual perversion, drug abuse, abortion, pedophilia and other offenses are more frequent among downwardly mobile or poor people. Of course, no one but those who look deeply into social so-called injustice will recognize there is no injustice at all. It is His will. The solution? Stop buggering thy neighbor and aborting your fetuses and He will reward you with a good job & benefits. And no, I do not need medications. Faith in God is sufficient. Seek to do His will and everything will be fine. I easily rise above the abuse of sarcastic little piss ants.

        • animalogic

          You have to wonder about this god…..He gets so bent out of shape over sexual and reproductive matters, yet often seems to condone, even promote ( ie as punishment) gross poverty ( of kids, not feteouses) war, drug addiction etc. Almost make you agnostic, wouldn’t ?

        • epazote

          >>> “I don’t believe God is offended by what we moderns call “69” you say
          “69” is cunnilingus and fellatio…one of which is a sexual act you, in an earlier post, stated you believe should be banned
          How about this jadan….stop trying to proscribe how others should act in order not to offend YOUR god

          • jadan

            I should have pointed out that the author of this article, Michael Snyder, is a fundamentalist Christian whom I am poking fun at here. His argument is that Americans have fallen into such depravity that God’s punishment is imminent. He is otherwise a rational fellow. I’m surprised that my spoof is taken to be real!

          • mulga mumblebrain

            We’ll have to call you ‘Edgar Allen’ after this monster-class in parody. Had me sucked in, for a while.

          • epazote

            I’m going along with mulga mumblebrain of this…you certainly write great parody
            well done !

          • hihello

            troll.

        • hihello

          You’ve stated you are religious, yet you seem judgmental. This reflects poorly on religion.

          You seem to think God controls the US economy. Do you honestly believe there is one specific anthropomorphic God who decides & determines the fate of the US economy?

          This is nonsense.

  • Charles D

    There is no simple answer. Our present political system is incapable of reforming itself sufficiently to wrest control from corporate power. Most Americans realize this and respond by tuning out politics and withdrawing from the only peaceful and legal means available to them to change things – voting. It is that passive response that is the problem. Instead of labeling all politicians crooks and finding a football game to watch, people need to get mad – fighting mad. I see no danger of that happening.

  • goingnowherefast

    The main occupation of the global oligarchs is land grabbing. If you look back through the history of empires, that is how they maintain control. That is what the housing crisis was all about and they will find a way to speed up the process.

    Mass murder by multiple means is also necessary to keep the game going. Keeping drugs plentiful and illegal has been a smashing success in that regard. Then add industrial food, big pharma and low wages and you have a recipe for the downward spiral of society as a whole.

    Machiavelli could only dream of accomplishing what our modern day fascists have achieved.

  • #1 The U.S. Census Bureau says that nearly 47 million Americans are living in poverty right now.

    — and yet they have cell phones, air conditioning, video games and tvs

    #2 Other numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau are also very disturbing. For example, in 2007 about one out of every eight children in America was on food stamps. Today, that number is one out of every five.

    — hope and chump change?

    #3 According to Kathryn J. Edin and H. Luke Shaefer, the authors of a new book entitled “$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America“, there are 1.5 million “ultrapoor” households in the United States that live on less than two dollars a day. That number has doubled since 1996.

    — less than 1% of the population. Believe me, there is a higher percentage that are not capable of holding a job let alone getting one!

    #4 46 million Americans use food banks each year, and lines start forming at some U.S. food banks as early as 6:30 in the morning because people want to get something before the food supplies run out.

    — taxpayers subsidize charities and non-profits like churches. Why don’t you ask them what they are doing with all the money they don’t pay taxes on?

    #5 The number of homeless children in the U.S. has increased by 60 percent over the past six years.

    — when you have an adoption system built on profit, these kids get the shaft. Children are more easily obtainable from other countries due to laws passed that are detrimental to adopting American citizens.

    #6 According to Poverty USA, 1.6 million American children slept in a homeless shelter or some other form of emergency housing last year.

    — runaways, sex trade children, abusive homes. It all starts with parents that should never have been parents in the first place.

    #7 Police in New York City have identified 80 separate homeless encampments in the city, and the homeless crisis there has gotten so bad that it is being described as an “epidemic”.

    — NY is a Mecca for homeless due to social programs. You see the same in SF.

    #8 If you can believe it, more than half of all students in our public schools are poor enough to qualify for school lunch subsidies.

    — that’s a political football and the funding changes based on politicians needing votes. Moot statistic.

    #9 According to a Census Bureau report that was released a while back, 65 percent of all children in the U.S. are living in a home that receives some form of aid from the federal government.

    — and people want even MORE!!! Just can’t get enough handouts.

    #10 According to a report that was published by UNICEF, almost one-third of all children in this country “live in households with an income below 60 percent of the national median income”.

    — more and more educated and financially successful people are not having children or having only one. Add in the poor people who game the welfare system based on having multiple children and you get an endless cycle of misery.

    #11 When it comes to child poverty, the United States ranks 36th out of the 41 “wealthy nations” that UNICEF looked at.

    — parents! You need a license to drive but no requirement for being a parent? At least other countries have some standards of responsibility.

    #12 The number of Americans that are living in concentrated areas of high poverty has doubled since the year 2000.

    — that’s where the shelters are and that’s where the jobs are. Not rural areas.

    #13 An astounding 45 percent of all African-American children in the United States live in areas of “concentrated poverty”.

    — over 50 years since the Civil Rights Act and they are still re-electing the political machine of liberalism that has broken promise after promise after promise. Better schools, better jobs, less crime, better housing, etc. Blacks should look in the mirror to see who is at fault!

    #14 40.9 percent of all children in the United States that are being raised by a single parent are living in poverty.

    — father’s rights have been trampled on due to laws in every state. Stop penalizing men and help them be empowered. Also, stop treating women like objects and stick around after using your penis!

    #15 An astounding 48.8 percent of all 25-year-old Americans still live at home with their parents.

    — Obama said they would have more opportunities with a college degree. How’s that working out for ya?

    #16 There are simply not enough good jobs to go around anymore. It may be hard to believe, but 51 percent of all American workers make less than $30,000 a year.

    — immigrants work for less and people want more of them to cross the border. How can you compete when some immigrant families live 5/6/7 to a household and typical American families 2/3/4?

    #17 There are 7.9 million working age Americans that are “officially unemployed” right now and another 94.7 million working age Americans that are considered to be “not in the labor force”. When you add those two numbers together, you get a grand total of 102.6 million working age Americans that do not have a job right now.

    — we have the highest corporate/business taxes in the world. Lower taxes means more capital. More capital means more jobs. When was the last time you got a job from a poor person?

    #18 Owning a home has traditionally been a signal that you belong to the middle class. That is why it is so alarming that the rate of homeownership in the United States has been falling for eight years in a row.

    — housing bubble, predatory lenders, lack of faith in the markets, over zealous HOAs, etc. the list goes on.

    #19 According to a recent Pew survey, approximately 70 percent of all Americans believe that “debt is a necessity in their lives”.

    — another construct of the banks and the indentured servitude right off the get go when you enter college with no job but get pre-approved with $5,000 credit cards.

    #20 At this point, 25 percent of all Americans have a negative net worth. That means that the value of what they owe is greater than the value of everything that they own.

    — right where banks and politicians want you! Dependent on them!

    #21 The top 0.1 percent of all American families have about as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent of all American families combined.

    — and they pay most of the taxes too! You want more money? Go to the library and read books, network, be creative, start a business. Success is not a right, it’s a goal for those that don’t whine!

    • This looks like there’s some good stuff in your post, combined with a rightwing message.

    • hyperbola

      Time to start cleaning the parasites out of our system. Almost 200 years ago Adam Smith warned us that “mercantilist” corruption (control of government by corrupt bankers/companies) always ended up with a predatory minority that abused the majority population. At the time he wrote that, Smith had two clear examples in front of his nose: (1) the extreme corruption, racism and abuse of the sect in the “City of London” and, (2) the revolt of Americans against the abuse and corruption of the “international” company belonging to that sect (East India Company).

      The sect attacked us several more times following our war for independence, has assasinated 3 presidents (+ 2 more attempts), has attempted government coups,

      A Historical Perspective: The Banking Monopoly
      https://criminalbankingmonopoly.wordpress.com/

      regularly lies us into wars that favor the “business” of the sect …..

      Victoria Nuland’s family ties: The Permanent Government in action
      http://www.theoccidentalobserver.net/2014/02/victoria-nulands-family-ties/

      The Yinon Plan, “Greater Israel”, Syria, Iraq, and ISIS: the Connection
      http://the-americans.beforeitsnews.com/economy/2015/10/the-yinon-plan-greater-israel-syria-iraq-and-isis-the-connection-2768224.html

      and regularly robs us

      The Federal Reserve Cartel: The Eight Families
      http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-federal-reserve-cartel-the-eight-families/25080

      ALL of our presidents since Reagan have been part of a system of mercantilist corruption run by a sect. Obama, for example, gives legal impunity to the sect´s abusive, corrupt companies to kill Americans.

      Monsanto Protection Act: A Post-Mortem for Our Legal System
      https://counterinformation.wordpress.com/2013/04/02/monsanto-protection-act-a-post-mortem-for-our-legal-system/

      We need to end the mercantile corruption of the sect and institute a system of capitalism. The sect has a history of killing millions,

      Stalin´s jews
      http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3342999,00.html

      have been narcotraffickers for centuries,

      The Jewish Opium Trade and Britain
      http://satyricon20.tripod.com/sat33-Sassoon.htm

      Gangster Bankers: Too Big to Jail
      http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/gangster-bankers-too-big-to-jail-20130214

      and is more than willing to kill Americans to “protect their privileges”.

      The Charge Of The Light Brigade: What Can American Military Personnel Learn?
      https://vidrebel.wordpress.com/2012/01/04/the-charge-of-the-light-brigade-what-can-american-military-personnel-learn/

      Capitalism and mortality: Death rate soars for middle-aged US workers
      A study published this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences documents a sharp rise in the mortality rate for white, middle-aged working-class Americans over the past fifteen years. The report’s authors are Nobel laureate Angus Deaton and Anne Case, both economists at Princeton University.
      http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/11/04/pers-n04.html

      Gaza, Ukraine and US preparations for urban warfare
      ….. This goal of preparing the US military to suppress popular rebellion inside the US has also been pursued with a series of provocative “urban warfare training” exercises conducted in major US cities in recent years….. The Pentagon’s preparations go hand-in-hand with the militarization of supposedly civilian police forces, which are almost universally outfitted with SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) squads armed to the teeth for modern warfare ….
      https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/14/pers-a14.html

    • Comment+Not+Approved

      Don’t worry, Matt. If a republican ever wins the white house again your facts listed above will be front page breaking news!

    • Andrea Armstrong

      That’s your answer to mass poverty? “Go to the library and read books, network, be creative, start a business?” Or perhaps we should expose the corruption that is orchestrating poverty in America! How easily we could determine who is gaming the welfare system and who is not by requiring corporate giants to pay a living wage! And good parenting? Poverty leads to depression, anger, alcoholism, drug abuse, etc. How can we expect good parenting from people who have to work three jobs for mere survival! Start a business? What about a single mom with three kids? How will she stop her day to day stresses and bread winning demands to start a business? A living wage might free her to do that! You, my friend, have lost touch with your humanity!

  • JanSmite

    The word you are looking for is GREED. Just take a look at these two documents and compare them:

    Taxes history (1913-2013) adjusted to 2013 dollars:
    http://taxfoundation.org/sites/taxfoundation.org/files/docs/fed_individual_rate_history_adjusted.pdf

    Share of total income (1917-2012):
    http://www.yorokobu.es/wp-content/uploads/income-inequality-21.png

  • Regimen EEUU.
    Liberalism = Genocide

  • Jorge

    Just make the rich pay more taxes. They own more and more money as automation gets rid of more and more human labour force.

    With those taxes you can givenmoney to small and medium enterprises to be able to compete and survive over the big ones, you can create public jobs, or you can give it to people as a basic income. Great businesses are not creating jobs anymore.

    It would be sustainable whatsoever, environmentally. And the natural resources needed to maintain the global industrial activity are running out. But that’s another big discussion.

  • Frank

    Two words: defense budget. Stop playing bully and grow up.

  • MonkeyMan

    Stop the poverty

  • G W

    Hi – probably a bit late to join this discussion.. But if I were to have a bash at it I would say that you would have a go at getting Roosevelts(sp?) 2nd Bill of Rights passed through congress…
    I would attempt to engage every (yes every!) agency throughout the entire US economic community
    to be aligned to this Bill. It’s a bit like a Socialist effect/outcome without the Socialism..
    That’s what I would do…..If he had got the Bill passed I’m sure the US would be a different place now…

  • Jocelyn Collins

    I think it’s disgusting how hard working people are penalized even worse than those not trying to work! Here is one problem; the corporations are set up to REWARD employers for cutting employee hours, denying raises and not offering benefits. For example, Walmart managers receive an annual bonus. This bonus is given based on raw profit. Raw profit = revenue – all expenses (including payroll expenses). Their managers get PAID to cut your hours! Walmart in AZ pays $10/hr and goes to 11 after 90 days if you find the time to complete their computer training that fast. Most AZ Walmarts do not like to give full time because they have to give full timers the option for benefits. So those employees make about $1200 after taxes. Average rent is $600-700, plus utilities (remember also that this is a desert), plus vehicle expenses, plus food and cost to take care of their children. Even if both parents are working, they have to cover babysitting costs, which takes a lot out of their checks too. In Phoenix, one problem we have is illegal immigration. I know some people may call me racist. I’m not. I’m 25% Mexican myself, but with illegal immigrants coming across the border, they don’t learn English, but their children are raised learning English and Spanish. Guess who’s getting all the jobs out there. I’m not bilingual, and it’s one of the major reasons I’ve left Phoenix. You can hardly land anything unless you already have a substantial degree in a field that’s still in demand. I was born and raised there and I abandoned ship because I couldn’t make a living. Corporations are rewarded by the government for hiring minorities, but Hispanics account for 85% of the Phoenix population. We are not a minority anymore. If we are to be truly a diverse and connected nation, the government should stop incentivizing companies to hire only certain groups.

    Medical expenses are another major problem. Working at Walmart, for just my husband and I (when I was in TN), benefits were $400/month with a $6000 deductible! Minimum wage is only $7.25 out there. I was making $10, after my raise, so I was better off than other people even. Even with full time hours, 25% of my pay went to benefits that would only cover us for anything after we a) paid $6000 out in medical expenses, or b) were billed $6000 and couldn’t pay it and let it go on our credit files, which contributes to people not qualifying for home loans and the decline in homeownership. Deductibles need to be better regulated as well as the allowed cost of benefits. Medical expenses and equipment need to be regulated. $2200 for a 2 hour stay at a hospital where all they do is take your height and weight, check your vitals and have a quick discussion with you is absurd! $1100/hour!

    Bailouts and tax breaks… why are the wealthy corporations and banks getting this assistance and not the hard working civilians?! You want to give a good bailout to the country? Invest in the citizens, not the banks that are already borrowing the citizens’ money! Work on subsidized housing, create better school programs to educate our younger generation about finances and how to stay out of debt.

    My advice to the government:

    1-Stop incentivizing corporations to be discriminatory in who they hire. The minorities have changed in a lot of places across the country. Make it fair for everyone.

    2-Add more regulation to what equipment and medications can cost in our doctor’s offices, hospitals, pharmacies, etc.

    3-Now that health insurance is required for citizens, regulate the amount (within reason) that companies and private insurances are allowed to charge people, and regulate deductibles a lot better. Lowered cost of medication and supplies would help keep this in balance.

    4-Instead of offering tax breaks to corporations for “going green” or hiring a lot of “minorities”, invest that money in the citizens by incorporating more programs that will teach our youth how to budget and plan ahead and be frugal enough to stay out of debt. Invest in more subsidized housing programs for the working poor.

    My advice to citizens:

    1-Be resourceful. If you’re struggling, take out a credit card as an absolute last resort. Try cutting all unnecessary expenses first. We are responsible as well, not just the government.

    2-Be willing to work. Don’t expect everything for free. Be realistic.

    3-Unless you commute a lot or travel a lot, don’t commit yourself to a new car loan. People are spending as much on their cars as their houses now. That’s insane!

    4-Don’t be greedy. If you can afford food and clothing, don’t go hog it at the food bank. I used to volunteer at one, and it would make me mad to see families pull up in a $50,000 car, all with designer clothes, like Coach and Michael Kors, sitting in line sipping $5 Starbucks drinks and playing on new iPads while we were having to turn down poor single mothers who had walked there in 115 degrees with their young ones because we had reached our household limit. Shame on you! Don’t ever, ever do that!