US Has One Of The Highest Child Poverty Rates In The Developed World

  • metta

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    May 30, 2012 3:24 PM GMT
    US Has One Of The Highest Child Poverty Rates In The Developed World


    "only Romania has a child poverty rate higher than the 23 percent rate in the U.S."

    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/05/29/491443/un-report-child-poverty/
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    May 30, 2012 3:30 PM GMT
    metta8 saidUS Has One Of The Highest Child Poverty Rates In The Developed World


    "only Romania has a child poverty rate higher than the 23 percent rate in the U.S."

    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/05/29/491443/un-report-child-poverty/


    How stupid is this article?

    "a child is deemed to be living in relative poverty if he or she is growing up in a household where disposable income, when adjusted for family size and composition, is less than 50% of the median disposable household income for the country concerned. "

    So their definition of poor is if you make less than 50% of people in a country. Do you even bother to read this drivel? In absolute terms, American kids are some of the wealthiest in the world.
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    May 30, 2012 9:05 PM GMT
    riddler78 said
    metta8 saidUS Has One Of The Highest Child Poverty Rates In The Developed World


    "only Romania has a child poverty rate higher than the 23 percent rate in the U.S."

    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/05/29/491443/un-report-child-poverty/


    How stupid is this article?

    "a child is deemed to be living in relative poverty if he or she is growing up in a household where disposable income, when adjusted for family size and composition, is less than 50% of the median disposable household income for the country concerned. "

    So their definition of poor is if you make less than 50% of people in a country. Do you even bother to read this drivel? In absolute terms, American kids are some of the wealthiest in the world.


    It said 50% of the MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME.
    That being around $45,000/yr give or take. So that would mean 23% of children in the US live in households that make $22,500 or less.

    It's a flawed article that could of just cut to the chase and listed all the median household incomes amongst the developed worlds. The US is much larger and vaster than all of the developed worlds, so this is like, no shit. Our children are already dumber, fatter, and overly exposed too.
    Oh &Romania is still an underdeveloped nation. 2nd world.
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    May 30, 2012 10:05 PM GMT
    riddler78 said
    metta8 saidUS Has One Of The Highest Child Poverty Rates In The Developed World


    "only Romania has a child poverty rate higher than the 23 percent rate in the U.S."

    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/05/29/491443/un-report-child-poverty/


    How stupid is this article?

    "a child is deemed to be living in relative poverty if he or she is growing up in a household where disposable income, when adjusted for family size and composition, is less than 50% of the median disposable household income for the country concerned. "

    So their definition of poor is if you make less than 50% of people in a country. Do you even bother to read this drivel? In absolute terms, American kids are some of the wealthiest in the world.


    Think progress is noted for its propaganda. Its amusing. Its getting down to the wire they have to try to push the class war argument.
  • metta

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    May 30, 2012 10:14 PM GMT
    As the article states, the original report is from UNICEF

    http://www.unicef.org/media/media_62521.html
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    May 30, 2012 10:16 PM GMT
    metta8 saidAs the article states, the original report is from UNICEF

    http://www.unicef.org/media/media_62521.html


    What's your point? It's a ridiculous article on its face. Other news outlets may in fact be a bit more intelligent than this. Relative poverty? Of course there will always be relative poverty. Do you really think that the poor in the US live in remotely similar conditions as the poor in Romania or elsewhere?

    It's perhaps a bit indicative however of how you consume your information and where you post from icon_wink.gif
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    May 30, 2012 10:26 PM GMT
    Tell those damn kids to get a fucking job! icon_twisted.gificon_razz.gif
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    May 30, 2012 10:59 PM GMT
    Can't we just pass a law making it illegal to be poor?
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    May 31, 2012 12:13 AM GMT
    riddler78 said
    metta8 saidAs the article states, the original report is from UNICEF

    http://www.unicef.org/media/media_62521.html


    What's your point? It's a ridiculous article on its face. Other news outlets may in fact be a bit more intelligent than this. Relative poverty? Of course there will always be relative poverty. Do you really think that the poor in the US live in remotely similar conditions as the poor in Romania or elsewhere?

    It's perhaps a bit indicative however of how you consume your information and where you post from icon_wink.gif


    Please... Take your hierarchy of suffering and shove it up your ass. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    May 31, 2012 12:30 AM GMT
    smartmoney saidCan't we just pass a law making it illegal to be poor?
    It's not written into law, but being poor is already illegal in other ways.

    Need a job? Most companies do credit checks as part of the pre-employment screening. If your credit score is low, you don't get the job.

    In between jobs and late on a payment? You're charged a late fee. In some cases, late fees are added daily till the final bill is paid. So much for getting back on your feet once you start the new job.

    Laid off? Good luck finding assistance while looking for another job. Unemployment usually doesn't pay enough to cover bills, much less basic living expenses...not to mention they cut the funds if they find out you're making extra money from side jobs. You'll eventually be in the above category.

    Don't have a car? Good luck getting a job ANYWHERE (except major metro areas where public transport is reliable).

    Once you go broke in the US, it's extremely difficult to get back on your feet. It's not illegal to be broke. In fact, it's worse. At least in jail you'd be able to eat.