Record number of Americans living in poverty
I don’t understand why western countries are quick to contribute to “foreign aid” for third-world hell holes when their own people are suffering. What happened to the old adage “charity begins at home”? Here we have new stats released by the Census Bureau showing that nearly 44 million Americans live in poverty! Yet, the USA is the first to throw tax money at any country with a sob story. Over the years, America has poured billions of aid into Africa, yet most African countries still don’t have running tap water, nor can they feed their many starving babies. We are subjected over and over to images of Africans dying of hunger with flies all over their faces. Just where has all this financial aid gone? Surely Africa should be able to show a few taps with running water after all the money its received? But, no, we still need to dig deep and “sponsor” an African child for $15 a month, above and beyond all the foreign aid money they receive annually…What a crock of BS. America is swooning under her debt and more and more Americans are living in poverty. Is this what it means to be American??
WASHINGTON — The number of people living in poverty in America rose by nearly 4 million to 43.6 million in 2009 — the largest figure in the 51 years for which poverty estimates are available — the Census Bureau said Thursday.
The bureau said in a statement that the official poverty rate was 14.3 percent, or 1 in 7 of Americans, the highest proportion of the population since 1994.
It was the third consecutive annual increase, up from 39.8 million, or 13.2 percent, in 2008.
The bureau added that there were 8.8 million families living in poverty in 2009.
The poverty rate for under-18s rose from 19.0 percent in 2008 to 20.7 percent in 2009, but fewer people 65 and older were in poverty, with the percentage rate falling from 9.7 percent in 2008 to 8.9 percent in 2009.
The statistics cover President Barack Obama’s first year in office, when unemployment climbed to 10 percent in the months after the financial meltdown.
In a statement, Obama said that “even before the recession hit, middle class incomes had been stagnant and the number of people living in poverty in America was unacceptably high, and today’s numbers make it clear that our work is just beginning.
“Our task now,” he added, “is to continue working together to improve our schools, build the skills of our workers, and invest in our nation’s critical infrastructure.”
The share of Americans without health coverage rose from 15.4 percent to 16.7 percent — or 50.7 million people — mostly because of the loss of employer-provided health insurance during the recession.
Congress passed a health overhaul this year to address rising numbers of the uninsured, but the main provisions will not take effect until 2014.
The median — or midpoint — household income was $49,777 in 2009, although the bureau said this was not “statistically different” from the 2008 median.