The Census Bureau says 15.8% of Americans live in poverty.
This is up from a 13.2% “official” estimate that the Census Bureau announced last month.
The difference is that the new number reflects medical expenses, transportations costs, child care costs and geographical differences in the cost of living.
From the Christian Science Monitor—”Here are the alternative poverty rates, followed by the official rate in parenthesis, for groups where the gap is significant:
• Single dads: 19.8 percent (versus 14.2 percent)
• Hispanic Americans: 29 percent (versus 23.2 percent)
• People in the West: 19 percent (versus 13.5 percent)
• People in the Northeast: 16.1 percent (versus 11.6 percent)
• People age 65 and up: 18.7 percent (9.7 percent)
The poverty jump for the West and Northeast reflects higher living costs in some of the most populated areas in those regions….For one prominent group, children, poverty is about 1 percent lower using the alternate measure than the official one. But Americans under 18 had a poverty rate of 17.9 percent, higher than the national average.”
(I’m sorry, but because of ongoing browser and blog troubles, I can’t add the link to the story. The Christian Science Monitor article was written by Mark Trumbull and appeared on October 20. There are many stories on this issue on Google News if you use the search term poverty rate. Or, if you want better time for reflection, your local newspaper may well run a story on this concern in the morning. Then you can think about it at home with your corn flakes and coffee.)
It is no surprise to me that one in six Americans live in poverty. Where are people going to get good 40 hour jobs with good benefits in this society?
I’m glad that President Obama is addressing the issue of health insurance. After he makes progress on that concern, he should then address the issue of poverty in our nation.
One in six Americans in poverty here in the so-called “Richest nation on Earth.”
This tragic fact of poverty in our nation is hardly a political issue at all. Where is the President? Where are the Democrats in Congress? Where are all the bible-thumpers? Where are the so-called good people? Where are the so-called liberals?
Predictions are that a lower percentage of Americans will fill out Census forms in 2010 than did so in 2000.
From USA Today—”Turbulent political and economic times roiling the nation are expected to diminish initial participation by households in next year’s Census despite a $326 million marketing blitz that far outspends previous Census campaigns….Mounting mistrust of government, rising identity theft and record numbers of foreclosures could discourage people from mailing back Census forms next year, according to the Census Bureau… A Census analysis shows that about 64% of households are likely to mail in their forms without additional prodding from Census workers — down from 67% in 2000. That could mean 4 million more doors to knock on.”
(I’m sorry, but I can’t include the link due to ongoing blog and browser troubles. The story appeared in the October 20 USA Today and was written by Haya El Nassar.)
As for people in hard economic times, please realize that the Census helps areas that are worst hit by the bad economy to get federal aid. It will only help yourself and your family to fill out and return the Census form.
As for you right-wingers, please obey the law and complete the Census. If the government wanted to track you down,they could do so in any case. You folks are so often all about law and order and respect for authority and all that stuff, until it is you that has to follow the law and do what is expected of you.