Poverty in America

The money quote:

dollar-sign“Poverty is no longer an issue of ‘them’, it’s an issue of ‘us’,” says Mark Rank, a professor at Washington University in St. Louis who calculated the numbers. “Only when poverty is thought of as a mainstream event, rather than a fringe experience that just affects blacks and Hispanics, can we really begin to build broader support for programs that lift people in need.”

The entire article is worth a read. The face of poverty is not what the politicians would like us to believe.


2 thoughts on “Poverty in America

  1. It would be nice if the actually referenced some sources for their numbers.

    “Four out of 5 U.S. adults struggle with joblessness, near-poverty or reliance on welfare for at least parts of their lives, a sign of deteriorating economic security and an elusive American dream.”

    But they give no indication whether that is higher or lower than it has been in the past. And “at least parts of their lives”? What’s that? A week of unemployment? A month? they don’t specify.

    An absolutely worthless article.

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