Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Poverty in America

The percentage of Americans struggling below the poverty line in 2009 was the highest it has been in 15 years, the Census Bureau reported Thursday, and interviews with poverty experts and aid groups said the increase appeared to be continuing this year...

And the numbers could have climbed higher: One way embattled Americans have gotten by is sharing homes with siblings, parents or even nonrelatives, sometimes resulting in overused couches and frayed nerves but holding down the rise in the national poverty rate, according to the report.

The share of residents in poverty climbed to 14.3 percent in 2009, the highest level recorded since 1994. The rise was steepest for children, with one in five affected, the bureau said...

For a single adult in 2009, the poverty line was $10,830 in pretax cash income; for a family of four, $22,050...”


Gordon said...

One in seven Americans are now below the poverty line.

It's appalling in ways that should make me angry but leaves me instead with a weird mix of shock and a little indigestion.

There is no such thing as the richest country in the world. There are a few thousand people who get richer no matter what the economic climate... And then there is the rest of the world.

You know... It's never the science fiction that you LIKE that turns out to be the most accurate. It's always the boring ones you had to read in school.

Jack Faust said...

The American Dream has been dead - officially dead - ever since Hunter S. Thompson popped himself off the map and into dead territory. We just refused to ever believe it.

But I feel very strange. This dismal place is where I grew up, really. Ratty apartment complexes with people trying to escape; misery, and anger. It's odd to see myself as having escaped it to some degree, but that in the meantime, it consumed the fucking world.