50th Anniversary of the war on poverty: America's Have-Nots: What it means to be poor

  • metta

    Posts: 39108

    Jan 08, 2014 4:33 PM GMT
    America's Have-Nots: What it means to be poor

    "Today, 16 percent of the U.S. population — 49.7 million people, according to the supplemental poverty measure — live in poverty, compared to 35 million, or approximately 20 percent, in the 1960s. But the faces of the poor have changed. An analysis of Census Bureau data shows that African-Americans, Latinos, single-parent households and high-school graduates are now more likely to be officially poor. Even so, according to Columbia University research, the current poverty rate would be nearly twice as high were it not for war on poverty initiatives like food stamps, unemployment insurance and Social Security."

    http://projects.aljazeera.com/2014/poverty-50years/
  • HottJoe

    Posts: 21366

    Jan 08, 2014 5:09 PM GMT
    Riddler and Southbeach would like to end the welfare programs, because if the free market calls for 40% poverty then that's what the market will bear. Why should the rich crackers have to share the money they made on mineral deposits when they need that money to insulate themselves from poverty and filth, and to build a multibillion dollar arsenal to keep the poor out???