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Child Poverty In America Is Absolutely EXPLODING – 16 Shocking Statistics That Will Break Your Heart

If the U.S. economy is improving, then why is child poverty in America absolutely exploding?  If we are experiencing “economic growth”, then why are more than half of all children in major U.S. cities like Cleveland and Detroit living in poverty?  If we are the “greatest economy on earth”, then why are one out of every four American children on food stamps?  The shocking statistics that you are about to read below should absolutely break your heart.  Tonight, millions of precious American children will go to bed without any dinner.  Tonight, millions of American children will shiver as they try to go to sleep because their families cannot afford any heat.  How bad does child poverty have to get before we all finally admit that our economic system is completely failing many of the most vulnerable members of our society?  If you want someone to blame, you can blame Congress, the Obama administration, the Bush administration and the corrupt Wall Street bankers.  But most of all, blame the Federal Reserve and the debt-based monetary system that the Fed administers.  Our economy is in the midst of a long-term decline and is slowly but surely dying.  Many of those that are suffering the most from this decline are children.

The following are 16 shocking statistics about child poverty in America that will break your heart….

#1 Child homelessness in the United States is now 33 percent higher than it was back in 2007.

#2 According to the National Center on Family Homelessness, 1.6 million American children “were living on the street, in homeless shelters or motels, or doubled up with other families last year”.

#3 The percentage of children living in poverty in the United States increased from 16.9 percent in 2006 to nearly 22 percent in 2010.  In the UK and in France the child poverty rate is well under 10 percent.

#4 A higher percentage of American children is living in poverty today than was living in poverty back in 1975.

#5 The number of children living in poverty in the U.S. has risen for four years in a row.

#6 There are 10 different U.S. states where at least one out of every four babies is born to a family living in poverty.

#7 Since 2007, the number of children living in poverty in the state of California has increased by 30 percent.

#8 According to the National Center for Children in Poverty, 36.4% of all children that live in Philadelphia are living in poverty, 40.1% of all children that live in Atlanta are living in poverty, 52.6% of all children that live in Cleveland are living in poverty and 53.6% of all children that live in Detroit are living in poverty.

#9 In the United States today, more than 35 percent of all African-American children are living in poverty and more than 33 percent of all Hispanic children are living in poverty.

#10 There are seven million children in the United States today that are not covered by health insurance at all.

#11 Today, one out of every seven Americans is on food stamps and one out of every four American children is on food stamps.

#12 It is being projected that approximately 50 percent of all U.S. children will be on food stamps at some point in their lives before they reach the age of 18.

#13 In 2010, 42 percent of all single mothers in the United States were on food stamps.

#14 There are 314 counties in the United States where at least 30% of the children are facing food insecurity.

#15 In Washington D.C., the “child food insecurity rate” is 32.3%.

#16 More than 20 million U.S. children rely on school meal programs to keep from going hungry.

So why are so many children suffering so badly?

Well, one reason is that millions of parents are unemployed.  The government tells us that the official unemployment rate is 8.6 percent, but when you take an honest look at the numbers the truth is that the situation is much worse than that.

A recent Washington Post article included the following quote from Ed Luce of the Financial Times….

“According to government statistics, if the same number of people were seeking work today as in 2007, the jobless rate would be 11 percent.”

The U.S. government has artificially reduced “official” unemployment numbers by claiming that millions upon millions of Americans have “left the workforce” over the past 4 years.

In addition, millions upon millions of American parents have been forced to take crappy, low paying jobs because they simply cannot find anything else.

At this point, the share of the economic pie being taken home by U.S. workers has fallen to record lows.

For example, the following comes from a recent CNBC article….

The labor share — the amount paid to workers instead of businesses and other income-earning entities — was reported to have fallen to 57.1 cents on the dollar for the business sector, its lowest level since it was first reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 1947.

Median household income in the United States has fallen for several years in a row, and yet the cost of household basics just seems to keep going up and up.  For example, electricity bills have risen faster than the overall rate of inflation for five years in a row.

American families are being squeezed by this economy, and millions of children are feeling the pain.

Every single day, large numbers of American families get dumped out of the middle class and into poverty.  According to the latest figures, extreme poverty in the United States is now at the highest level ever recorded.  The number of good jobs continues to shrink and the poor are getting poorer.  Things are really bad in America today, and unfortunately it looks like the economy is going to get a lot worse in the years ahead.

But most Americans still do not understand what is happening.  One of the biggest problems we are facing is something called “normalcy bias”.

The following is how Wikipedia defines normalcy bias….

The normalcy bias, or normality bias, refers to a mental state people enter when facing a disaster. It causes people to underestimate both the possibility of a disaster occurring and its possible effects. This often results in situations where people fail to adequately prepare for a disaster, and on a larger scale, the failure of governments to include the populace in its disaster preparations. The assumption that is made in the case of the normalcy bias is that since a disaster never has occurred then it never will occur. It also results in the inability of people to cope with a disaster once it occurs. People with a normalcy bias have difficulties reacting to something they have not experienced before. People also tend to interpret warnings in the most optimistic way possible, seizing on any ambiguities to infer a less serious situation.

Most Americans still believe that things will eventually return to “normal”.

After all, every time the U.S. has had a recession in the past we have always recovered and gone on to better things, right?

Well, the cold, hard truth of the matter is that this is not just another economic downturn.  There are a whole host of very bad long-term economic trends that are ripping our economy to shreds.  We are a nation that is drowning in debt even as our economic guts are being ripped out.  The greatest economic machine in the history of the world is being destroyed right in front of our eyes, and most Americans don’t even realize it.

Sadly, most Americans are so brainwashed by the mainstream media that they are not going to believe you the first time that you tell them about all the statistics that point to a coming economic collapse.

Many of them are going to have to be hammered with articles like this time and time again until they finally get it.

America is in a massive amount of trouble, and because of the economic mistakes that we have made millions of children are going to needlessly suffer.

Please share this article with as many people as you can.  The more people that we wake up, the better off America is going to be.

  • Steve

    Tens of millions of illegals stream into our Republic, yet no mention of this in your essay…illegals are the primary cause of our huge unemployment, deficit State spending and poverty stats.

    • IamMarla

      Steve you are an idiot. Kids have to sell candy bars to buy books in America. And all those illegals are going to other countries now because even if you are not educated above a grade school level it is clear that the USA is imploding and you can not afford to take care of children. Having a kid is a huge risk in America for zillions of reasons and then you have little change of getting them to higher education without losing your home or saddling them with a debt they can not pay off making it nearly impossible for them to have children and the beat goes on.

    • Its the economy stupid

      Also poor people tend to have many kids. Middle class people have one or two kids. Thats why the numbers look so bad.

      • Linda

        Hmmm, I don’t believe statistics prove that statement. The high divorce rates among the middle classes have created many “step brothers/sisters and half brothers/sisters” living in the same family unit. I know many middle class families with more than 2 children.

    • gary2

      yes the illeagles need to be sent home along with their anchor babies. No one is arguing this point. And then what?

    • Linda

      You are partially correct, Steve. Hispanics are part of the problem as they are 35% of those in poverty. Hispanics have taken many lower paying jobs and have contributed to the reduction in pay rates in skilled trades.

      White and mixed race White (non-hispanic mix) make up approx 50% of those in poverty.

      See the following Census data for understanding:
      http://www.census.gov/prod/2011pubs/acsbr10-05.pdf

    • Christina Marlowe

      Steve,

      You’re buying a lot of bullshit…Big businesses do EVERYTHING to keep the steady stream of cheap, slave labor coming in…

      The immigration policies are absurd because they’ve all been written by and for the big businesses, all of which want the cheap labor of, um, the immigrants. They, the big businesses, say that Americans would never do the stoop labor that the immigrants will do–that’s probably because they don’t get paid a living wage. Last October/November, when I went to Mississippi on my annual trip there, I noticed that there were a lot of new Mexican restaurants cropping up in the Delta region. Apparently they, the Mexican immigrants, are the ones picking the cotton nowadays–it harkens back, in some horrible ways, to the sharecropper days and it makes me sick to my stomach. These corporations rake in billions and, in every industry imaginable, it’s the CEO’s, CFO’s etc. that make the obscene profits for themselves as everyone else struggles, day in and day out, week after week, month after month, etc. etc. and STILL do not make ends meet. And then there’s health care…

      I blame almost every single problem that is occurring in our country directly on both the greedy and unconscionable corporate empires, that is, the top echelons, and, of course, I also blame the blatantly whoring politicians who are bought and paid for by those inexorably, positively filthy rich bastards running those despicable corporate empires.

      • gary2

        Big businesses do EVERYTHING to keep the steady stream of cheap, slave labor coming in…

        Absolutly correct-if the illegals were not hired they would not come. We need the corporate death penalty for these bottom feeding companies who hire illeagels.

        • Steve

          In California they dominate the welfare rolls and have grown skilled at gaming the State’s Progressive giveaways. This is in addition to stealing millions of lower level jobs.

          • Gary2

            no one is arguing the point-send the illegals home-all of them deport now.

      • baldrad

        Christina, you need to get out more, instead of parroting your canned, LoonLeft, anti-enterprise drivel. Illegals immigrants work PRIMARILY for SMALL business, not giant corporations. Get a clue.

  • mark

    This is very sad what is happening with many of our children. It will be the hardest on the children when a collaspe occurs. During the Great Depression a friend that lived through it has said that single guys were ok, but the children had a hard time of it. Get prepared so that you can help your neighbors which includes their children.

    • Kevin2

      A friend of mines father was given to nuns to raise because his parents could not afford to feed him and they kept the older kids because they could do some work. Once he became 18 he joined the US Marine Corp just before WW2 so he would be fed. Real safe move there.

      Yep, things were mighty tough then.

  • http://EconomicCollapse Already Gone

    Been there,seen it,experienced it. But there was a couple of positive points that came with it,learned the value of money,do not live beyond my means,also learned how to survive with little or nothing,the last point will be the most valuable when the time comes.

    • Sunday

      Good post!

  • kris

    hi Michael,

    is there anything we (foreigner in foreign countries) can do to help? Perhaps this is our turn to help.

    if you have any info on how we can help these innocent children, let me know. I will try to rally my friends and colleagues as well.

    • Michael

      Kris:

      That is very kind of you. But the reality is that there are hurting children in almost every nation on earth these days. The wealth is being hoarded by the top 0.01% of the population. The entire global financial system is designed to funnel wealth to the very top. I would say that all of us should try to help those in need right where we are living.

      As they say, love the one in front of you. :)

      Michael

      • baldrad

        ….another Loon who can’t do the simplest Math. You can take 100% of the top ONE PER CENT’S income (100 times larger than your .01 per cent) and it will only raise HALF of what what was needed to balance the U.S. budget for 2011.

        That fact will go in one side of your LoonLeft head and out the other, with —zero—comprehension.

        • gary2

          again another low information right wing talking point. Turn off rush and think for your self.

          Taxing the rich and Spreading the wealth has a multipler effect and everyone gets better off. (people have money in their pocket to spend and we can grow our way out of the deficiet)

          Why do I have to tell conservatives the obvious? Are they really that simple minded ? (yes)

          • RootCauses

            Or, the government could just go away and “the rich” can pay that money to “the poor” as wages for work done, which the fedgov makes more difficult every day with its stifling regulations and taxation and healthcare mandates adding hundreds or thousands to the cost of just simply having an employee on the payroll, or skimming off the top of the money they extract from the prosperous under the implicit threat of force with their half-assed Robin Hood routine of “fairness” and “social justice.”

            Modern leftists do not understand the concept of opportunity cost. They think government creates culture and society. The inverse is true; it destroys these things. The results are all around you.

  • Gary2

    And yet we still have the republicans who want to further cut taxes on the rich even though it is proven time and time again that it does nothing for the economy. These stupid Mother F just allowed a middle class tax cut on payroll to expire just so they can protect the millionaires from paying more. It is plain for all to see who the right favors. AT least they do not try to hide it anymore.

    We still even have people post on this site that taxing the rich is stealing. This is so patently absurd one has to wonder if these folks have the IQ of a carrot stick.

    Unless we spread the wealth we will keep seeing these stats. There is no other option, especially short term.

    Michael-did you not post this before? It is still applicable.

    Dan Beucke, Top Income Tax Rate: How’s 83% Sound? Bloomberg BusinessWeek, December 9, 2011. Three of the world’s top experts on the incomes of the ultra rich estimate how high taxes on the rich could go without any adverse economic impact.

    See you right wing dolts-proof that taxing the rich HARD is a good thing.

    The world needs to tax the rich hard and spread the wealth! I could live with 83%.

    • James

      “We still even have people post on this site that taxing the rich is stealing. This is so patently absurd one has to wonder if these folks have the IQ of a carrot stick.”

      Then please explain, why is this argument absurd?

      • gary2

        If I have to explain this obvious fact then you will not be able to understand it.

        • gary2

          PS-it would be like explaining why water is wet

    • Sunday

      That ideal doesnt make sense. Most rich people have a “net worth”, not wages per se. They earn royalties, dividends, investment returns, etc…

      • gary2

        then tax their wealth-say a wealth tax especially tax capital gains at more that the criminal 15% rate-how about 50%

    • Vivvi

      Exactly how do you propose to make this happen when the wealthy MF’s own the politicians? You have to solve that problem before any talk of taxing the rich will ever happen. By the way, they own the other party too. You need a reality check brother.

      • gary2

        Good point, however, politicans want to stay in power more than anything and there are more poor voters than rich.

    • Rancher

      I never got a job from a poor man. But they do hit on me to give them stuff.

      • gary2

        everytime a poor person purchases a product or service they are providing a job. Turn off the fox news BS and actually try critical thinking.

    • Steve

      The 1%ers? The public employee union members. America’s royalty.

      • rev. abijah de sade

        A 1%er is an outlaw biker. Sadly, I’d almost rather have them in power than our current crop of pink apes.

    • baldrad

      …now comes Gary, another Loon who likes to think that if somebody has more than he, they must have stole it from HIM.

      Tell us, Gary–how much did Steve Jobs or Bill Gates STEAL from you when they supplied YOUR demand for an I-PHONE and an operating system for your computer? They’re rich, so they must have stole their money from you.

      Clue for Gary. It’s not zero-sum. It’s not a “pie”, where somebody improves their lot by taking yours.

      Clue for Gary: you can take ALL the income of the top 1%, and it will only get HALFWAY to balancing 2011’s DC SLUDGEMAZE spending.

      Our education system in this country really HAS failed, and where it has failed is obvious: MATH. LoonLefties can’t do the simplest math.

      • gary2

        I would say Bill Gates stole by having a monopoly on the operating systems and by using the courts to stifle innovation. That kept the price artifically high. That caused millions to pay more than they would otherwise have to. That sure sounds like stealing to me.

        Apple-makes their shit in Chinia and lobbies the gov for repatriotion holidays for the taxes they evede?

        Sounds like stealing to me.

        If you are trying to “win” an arguement you will need to have critical thinking skills instead of simply parroting what you hear on fox and rush.

      • Gary2

        The rich use their money to legally bribe politicians to support policies that favor themselves over the middle class in the auction that we call elections. And the policies they support are different from those supported by the majority of middle class Americans voters.

        I would say this qualifies as the rich stealing from the rest of us.

        Keep your BS about how hard the rich work for their money. Time for me to go drop another job creator in the toilet.

        Debating conservatives is like shooting fish in a barrel. They all sing from the fox news rush playbook and are so predictable.

      • Gary2

        Here is another example:Since 2009, 88 percent of national income growth has gone to corporate profits, while just one percent has gone to wages, adding another chapter to the decline of the middle class, whose incomes have been shrinking and wages stagnating for decades. In fact, according to data analyzed by the Financial Times, workers’ share of national income has fallen to its lowest level on record, and if it were back at the post-war average, workers would earn an additional $740 billion this year.

        This is clearly the rich and corporations stealing from the rest of us.

        I have now given you several examples of the rich stealing from the rest of us. Just admit you are wrong and that I am correct.

  • mondobeyondo

    “I believe that children are our future.. teach them well and let them lead the way”, Whitney Houston sang back in 1986.

    If that’s the case, the future is looking rather grim. And just like Whitney Houston today, this country will be irrelevant on the world stage, if something isn’t done, fast.

  • Ghulam

    You could feed a lot of people in the boondoggle sums thrown at these wars against Islam. As long ago as the late 60s university seminars discussed the likelihood that the sham threat of Communism would be replaced by a sham threat of Islamic radicalism when the need arose. I was with the UN in Afghanistan during the time of the Taliban, and I watched that ludicrous spectacle go through its opening years at close hand. Ask yourself this: after years and years of being told that Vietnam was a dire threat, has the USA really been put out at all once this became fait accompli? The first thing that happened in Kabul after the Americans arrived was a lot of whore houses and bars were opened that were certainly never there before. Nobody who intended to win the hearts of a conservative Muslim country would do that, but winning these events is neither here nor there. It is all about creating a feeding frenzy for corporations supplying the war, and for the careers of military and aid professionals. The aid people are but the “good cop.” That is were the really ghastly sums have gone, not to social welfare, aside of course from the financial swindles, and they are directed by the same folks who are pushing these wars; are they not?

    • baldrad

      ….SIXTEEN TRILLION spent on the sham WAR ON POVERTY since Lyndon Johnson and the rest of the DEPENDENCYCRATS started that sham war.

      You better find an audience that’s more gullible, if you’re gonna say ALL the money’s been spent by on the military budget.

      The sham war on poverty has been about as productive as the military effort in Muslim countries.

      • gary2

        without food stamps/WIC people would starve. without medicaid more people would not have any healthcare. The population is way bigger than it was in the 1960’s so even more are kept out of starvation.

        Without the war on poverty it would be way worse regarding people in poverty. This is a fact. It is also obvious.

        You post is so absurd it is hard to believe any thinking person would post it. Then again I did say any thinking person…

  • Alasha

    Awww, what a heart, Mark. I am surprised not more single parents are on food stamps than 42%. I was a single mom, worked and had a supportive family and still had to get food stamps from time to time – and that was almost 10 yrs ago. sigh.

  • http://google sommers

    This is what is meant by “shared misery”. It is likely to get much worse as the politicians seek “social justice”.

  • expatriot

    This is outrageous! The super rich are getting tax write offs and keeping it all for their nasty, greedy asses. It would be nice if just one of these ceo’s made a considerable donation to child hunger in america. And for you fake patriot neo-cons who say they do and you don’t hear about it, I say have the ceo’s bring camera crews. They get a bad rap as it is I would think they would do this.

    It doesn’t get much lower than children starving in a nation that gives so much money to other countries and takes care of their starving.

    • baldrad

      You are hopelessly ignorant. Now you’re telling us that Bill Gates and his fellow billionaires give nothing to charity.

      You are devoid of knowledge or the ability to acquire it.

      You don’t even know what a tax writeoff is. As with any LoonLefty, anything involving Mathematics makes you run and hide.

      Clue, Expat: you can take 100% of the “one per cent’s” income, and it will only get halfway to balancing the 2011 budget.

      And if you do that, most of the 1% will become expat’s also.

      Clue, Expat: conservatives at EVERY income level, including the POVERTY level, give more to charity than you sanctimonious Loons.

  • Mohanned Abdelhameed

    The problem is not illegals but the day

  • Steve

    Why don’t you write a cheery story? One about how well the military has done this year!
    They lost A stealth helicopter killing only one terrorist!
    Also our most advanced secret, stealth predator aircraft over Iraq.
    All to China, for free!

  • Paul

    Well, where are those “PRO-LIFE” people? How much are they doing to give these children a life?

    Wouldn’t it be better to provide contraceptives free of charge to anyone who wishes to use them, especially to the poor and to tenagers who otherwise cannot afford them?

    • gary2

      Again-more Christian hypocracy! Only care about the kid in the womb but once they are born they are on their own. Have to give the millionares and billionaires another round of tax cuts. Need to cut WIC and programs that actually help kids. No more head start, the hedge fund amangers pay too much tax. We mat scare away the job creaters (I am literraly puking through my nose. Time go go drop another job creater in the toilet)

    • baldrad

      Where are the Pro-Life people? They’re giving far more to charity than sanctimonious LoonLeftys.

      Don’t embarrass yourself by objecdting to this fact.

  • Paul

    Most of my classmate were on the pill starting with 14. We had not a single case of teenage pregnancy or abortion in our school.
    The prescription was free of charge.

    (That was before AIDS, so condoms had talcum inside and were only available from behind the counter at the drugstore (despite the name, drugs were in extremlely limited supply at the drugstore))

    • Pitchfork Ready

      Hey Idiot,

      It’s not the role of government to regulate sexual activity one way or another. You don’t want to get pregnant buy a condom with your own money.

      Don’t ask tax payers to do it.

      This isn’t a battle over money–it’s a battle over the role of government. One side favors individual liberty, the other side socialized tyranny.

      • Paul

        If it isn’t about money, then please don’t whine when you have to pay more taxes to feed the poor. (Remember, if the poor don’t get fed, they might start a riot, which will be even more inconvenient.)

        BTW, tax payers are never asked for money paid to bail out banks. Compared with that, the anti-baby pill costs nothing.

  • Gandolf

    In Africa 10,000 children die EVERY DAY of starvation

    America the land of the fat still have a long way to go

    • gary2

      good point, however, how does knowing about a kid starving in Aferica feed a person in america?

      Its like the old story about a person complaining about his shoes until they see someone else without feet. I can sympasize with the person who has no feet, but how does that help get me shoes for my feet?

    • gary2

      every time I hear someone say “it could be worse” I think that it would be equally valid to say “it could be better”

    • Rancher

      No shortage of obese people as I see it. Agreed.

  • Terry

    #6 There are 10 different U.S. states where at least one out of every four babies is born to a family living in poverty.

    Most of these families would not be living in poverty if they did not create children they cannot afford to adequately support.

    Personal responsibility Fail.

    • Rancher

      Again. Correct. Do not reward bad behavior…ever.

      • Chris

        You mean like getting a bailout and then giving multi million dollar bonuses?

        • Rancher

          I mean any bad behavior….

        • baldrad

          ….yes, like in Lefty-created and enabled Fanny Mae and Freddy Mac.

  • Terry

    #11 Today, one out of every seven Americans is on food stamps and one out of every four American children is on food stamps.

    The disproportionate presence of children in food stamp households is more evidence of personal responsibility Fail.

    People who can’t afford to put food on the table should not be creating more mouths to feed.

    • gary2

      You are 100% correct, but back in the real world…we need to deal with whatr is (reality) as opposed to what we wish things were. Simply stating the obviuos does nothing to further the conversation.

    • Concerned person

      Terry,

      While I’m sure there are parents who don’t use protection and pop out kids and expect the government to bail them out, there are many others who are responsible parents, but who were laid off after their children were born. It does happen. You have what you thought was a secure job, and then you lose it. That is how children fall into poverty.

    • Rancher

      Today I can not find one safe stable place to invest my money into which will create a good return. With I could then with said return I would spend and hire people. No safe investments…no profit..no profit no hiring money. Thus I sit on my money.

      • gary2

        you need to be taxed hard

        • Rancher

          You will never…ever find it to tax ;-)

        • baldrad

          …and so do YOU. You have a computer, therefore you are PRIVELEDGED. It’s not FAIR that you live so well.

          Expect the mob at your door. The DEPENDENCYCRATS are whipping them up now.

      • Chris

        Use that money til it’s gone, and then lets see what your comments look like…Oh, thats right no internet access, you’ll be looking for food handouts

    • The Nightcrawler

      I agree with you, Terry, but I still feel bad for these kids, the same way I feel bad for dogs and cats with irresponsible owners. I wish I could afford to help all of them; I really do. (No, I am NOT suggesting that gov’t welfare should be increased; I am simply wishing I were able to do more personally.)

      • baldrad

        … there would be food stamps given to dogs and cats if they could vote….

    • The Nightcrawler

      See the comment further down the page by “Old Timer” regarding the throngs of children who were abandoned by poor parents during the last Depression.

      I reiterate: most people, unfortunately, just don’t CARE what’s going to happen to the children they produce. If they starve, then they starve. So what?

  • Orange Jean

    Unfortunately, the social acceptance of sex outside of and before marriage, single parenting, and divorce has an awful lot to do with this. I know this for a fact because I was a single mom at 18, and never got out of poverty until my son grew up, left home and was on his own.

    In many places the % of children born to an unmarried mother is higher than those who are married when they give birth. It also tends to be higher percentages among Blacks & Hispanics, which contributes to the higher % of poverty in those group. As long ago as 2000 about 60% of all births in the City of Boston were to unmarried mothers.

    Since the 70s, when it became more the norm for women to work outside the home… the cost of living has increased to a point that having only one income in the household is also a major contributor to the problem. It is nearly impossible these days for a single person to own a home in most places, with the cost of housing having climbed to adjust to the 2-income family (I have a friend, a statistician, who did a study on that).

    Someone recently suggested we need to all work for $0.50/hour to get our economy competitive with China and rolling again… unfortunately, with the high cost of living in the US all that would mean we ALL would be living in poverty. Not my idea of a solution.

    Do I have a solution? Not a popular idea these days, but holding off on having kids until you have a solid marriage would help a lot. Also, consider whether the cost of the mom working and putting the kids in day care (especially when young) is getting you ahead or not economically. I cannot believe how expensive day care is these days, and I’m sure for some families they would be better off economically and otherwise if the mom stayed home and took care of the kids….

    Those of you who don’t marry but have children or marry then choose to divorce, please remember your kids are still your responsibility (of both parents). I’ve seen way too many examples of divorced couples where the hostility between the ex-spouses gets taken out on the kids, with the non-custodial parent withhold child support or playing games with it (even some who are wealthy and could readily afford it). For those, I’d say… time to grow up!

  • Orange Jean

    To clarify what I said about one income vs. mom staying at home.

    Remember that a single mom with one income even if working may be pushed into poverty in part because of having to pay such a high % of their income in day care in order to work. A married couple with the same number of children, only one income, but one parent staying home with the kids instead of using day care… depending on what that stay-at-home parent could earn, may be better off than the single parent paying the extremely high cost of day care these days.

    • baldrad

      ….excellent observations, Jean, from somebody who has obviously “been there”. God Bless you.

  • Eric V. Encina

    THE SOLUTION IS DISTRIBUTION OF MONEY TO EVERY MAN, WOMAN AND CHILD GUARANTEED.

    THE RIGHTS TO DEMAND AND CLAIM PEOPLE’S MONEY VIA ANNUAL DIVIDEND/SUPPLEMENTARY BASIC INCOME TO EVERY CITIZEN

    “Money is like muck, not good except it be spread.” – Francis Bacon

    By Eric V. Encina

    IN TIMES OF ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL TYRANNY, PEOPLE LOOK FOR REAL REFORM OF THE SYSTEM AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE, AND NOT A CONTINUATION OF THE STATUS QUO OF THE GREAT ENGINE OF DESTRUCTION!

    The annual provision of financial dividend of $10,000 up to maximum $1 Million more or less exchangeable to any currency in the world to be guaranteed to everyone on earth by right of citizenship can physically, financially and feasibly end poverty, hunger, starvation, malnutrition, diseases and problems of humanity. It can also progressively and even drastically end mendicancy, beggary, foreign aid, forceful labor or unnecessary employment, human trafficking and trade flesh, migration and immigration and exodus of peoples, brain-draining overseas employment, competition and tensions on international market and trade, regional and continental wars, separation and breaking of families, violence, rebellion, insurrection and even criminal activities. It can also end unwanted pregnancies and population growth. The time is very ripe. There is no hope under the present system if the wealth of the earth in the form of money will not be justly and rightfully distributed to every citizen. Poverty is unnecessary. To keep us in the bondage of poverty both material and financial is insanity. There is no any valid reason to keep us in the irony of poverty in this age of global plenty of huge material and monetary resources.

    Rightfully as inalienable of unconditional “dividend” as financial-economic security guaranteed to every citizen: man, woman and children from the cradle to the grave enough for the basic needs, growth and development of everyone. And this is only possible through debt-free fiat money creation by the Government provided by the Constitution. This is not about greed but about monetary justice to every citizen.

    I contest that it is possible to give money to every citizen in the form of dividend or extra basic or supplementary to every man, woman and child in the world from the resources below and from debt-free money creation. I can prove by demonstrating the schemes. One of the hindrances are those higher echelons and bigwig professional pundits who have supercillious educational and academic backgrounds who benefit from the broken system, that distributing the money and creating money debt-free is going to a disaster of run-away inflation while they themselves are too blind to see that the present deflationary-inflationary cycles nowadays are primarily caused by the fundamental flaws of debt finance disaster capitalism and compounded usury.

    Believe it or not, the only last and credible solution for the good of all humanity is the “distribution of wealth” through the mechanism/schemes of Social Credit Economic Democracy in the form of “Non-Discriminatory ~ & Non-Means-Tested Financial/Monetary Dividend/Extra/Supplementary Basic Income (Bail-Out For the People)” to every Man, Woman and Child from the cradle to the grave.

    Everyone will be secured of financial provision by right of citizenship. The time is very ripe. There is no problem of financial resources as per demonstrated below. What is needed is strong political and economic will to do so. The wealth is for all and the money is for all people across the planet without discrimination. We need at least 1 Billion to clamor, demand and claim this financial-economic right. Therefore, we must never doubt as the very last resort that THE ONE BILLION PEOPLE, of thoughtful, committed and zealous citizens across the planet in solidarity, charity and in the noble visions and common and ultimate objectives can emancipate and save the world from the total annihilation of the cataclysm of the debt finance-disaster-corrupt capitalism and sucking usury which is the banking arithmetic of and weapon of mass destruction.

    In the Philippines, it is the right of every Filipino citizen as inalienable to demand and claim annual financial dividend and supplementary basic income guaranteed to every father, mother and child from the cradle to the grave. This is all similarly applicable for all people in this planet.

    Huge financial Resources are Ripe For Distribution Debt-Free To Every Citizen On Earth by virtue of Economic Bill of Rights:

    In the Philippines, the total private bank assets in 2010, which are supposed to be PUBLIC ASSETS are more than P6.4 TRILLION Pesos or P600 Billion. We might also have Trillions of Pesos circulating in the Philippines but also monopolized by the private banking system.

    Even Philippine Central bank or Bangko Sentral Ng Pilipinas said there is sufficient liquidity of M3 Philippine Peso in the country to help accelerate economic growth in 2012. Meaning there is and there would be plenty of cash money or banknotes circulating in the Philippines. The problem is, the banking liquidity depends on borrowing at interest other than inflow of investment money and money from Filipino overseas workers.

    Philippine peso liquidity has nothing to do with the poor hungry and starving Filipinos in dreadful poverty in the countryside.

    THE FILIPINO PEOPLE MUST HAVE THE RIGHTFUL SHARE according to Divine Providence and our Philippine Constitution OF ALL THESE MONIES – the symbol of wealth of the nation(s) in the 21st century to end our monetary miseries which can never be justified by all fronts and philosophies, and thus to bring about the blossoming of the new civilization free from poverty and hunger.

    US$840 Billion or P47 Trillion Estimated Value of Philippines’ mineral resources are for the Filipino People’s Wealth, and not for the multinationals, the powerful few and the tycoons.

    US$76 Billion Philippine Central Bank (Bangko Sentral Ng Pilipinas) Gross International Reserves (GIR) in 2011:

    According to Philippine Newspapers, Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI/11/17/2011), the expected initial estimate of net inflow of foreign exchange into the Philippines is going to be US$6.7 Billion while the Philippine Central Bank is expecting US$76 Billion Gross International Reserves (GIR) at the end of 2011.

    But the Philippine Total debts both domestic and foreign are reportedly P6 Trillion pesos with P900 Billion annual interest payments. The debts must written off because the Filipino people do not owe these gargantuan debts.

    The Philippine Private Banks have reached to P6.4 TRILLION Pesos or P600 Billion worth of assets as end of February 2010 and what about in 2011 and 2012? and as they have boastfully attributed such increasing private banking assets through RISE OF INTEREST-BEARING LOANS.
    DEBT SECURITIES ACCOUNTS OF COMMERCIAL BANKS to the peoples and governments with Philippine private bank deposits climbed to 6.5% toP3.3 Trillion as of end-February 2010 from P3.1 Trillion (May 17, 2010, The Philippine Star) as monetary authorities are raising banks’ reserve requirements.

    Deposit requirements refer to the percentage of bank deposits and deposit substitute liabilities that banks must keep on hand or in deposits with the Bangko Sentral Ng Pilipinas or Central Bank of the Philippines and therefore may not lend.

    Deposits maintained by Philippine banks with BSP up to 40 percent of the regular reserve requirements are paid interest at four percent per annum, while liquidity reserves are paid the rate on comparable government securities half a percentage point.

    Just recently, P7.177 TRILLION TOTAL ASSETS OF THE PHILIPPINE BANKS. Trillions for the bankers and debts for the Filipino people. This is extremely unfair in economic justice.

    The data released by the Central Bank of the Philippines or Bangko Sentral Ng Pilipinas as reported to Philippine Star Newspaper dated October 2, 2011, THE TOTAL ASSETS OF THE banks operating in the Philippines, as of end-July 2011, amounted to P7.177 TRILLION or up 10.7%, higher than the P6.481 Trillion as of end-July 2010.

    The rising assets and profits of the commercial/private banks operating in the Philippines are not because of “savings deposits of the peoples” but of the privately-based creation of money out of nothing using people’s deposits and their bank deposits as plausible screen hiding the creation of money, and charging interest upon the general public and this is very correct to say, that is a legalized robbery since all the money should be PUBLIC MONEY, OR PEOPLE’S MONEY AS THE SYMBOL OF WEALTH OF THE NATION FOR ALL BY THE WILL OF GOD.

    Banks receive bail-out from the Government from the taxes of already cash-starved and poverty-stricken Filipino citizens. And this is fundamentally unfair. The banks are poverty-stricken to be given any bail-out. The bail-out package should be and should have been provided as bail-out for the people, for the Filipino citizens in great poverty.
    Please give our coco levy funds as the rightfully owned by the Filipino farming families in the state of ignominious poverty and crisis. Their children are in the most pitiful situation. Where is the P135 Billion funds for the coconut farmers? Whoever stole this money of the poor must be cursed.
    According to some reports, the Filipino farmers’ coco levy fund have ballooned from P9.7 Billion to some hefty P135 Billion but these funds are nowhere to be found, from the sweats and brow and bloods, at day and night torturous struggles of the bleeding poor Filipino farmers and their families for almost 40 years time.

    What about the gold stolen from the Philippines by the cabal of tycoons and powerful few that are supposed to be for the Filipino people? So many terrible evidences. The mineral resources and gold with their equivalent valued should have been given back to the Filipino people. We are asking the Philippine Government to do this under the spell of curse.

    http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/sociopolitica/secretgoldtreaty/trilat_appendix6.13.htm

    Former President Ferdinand Marcos and his cronies—the people who plunged us all into these massive debts in the 1980’s —must be held accountable for this appalling crime. However, the IMF and WB and their creation is the ultimate crime of the bankers. There are documents that it was IMF and WB that induced Philippines into massive debts. And Mr. Marcos who tried to fight against IMF and WB, was dethroned from Presidential powers. WHY PHILIPPINE PRESIDENT MARCOS GOT OUSTED

    When Marcos took over the presidency in late 1965, the country’s foreign debts stood at only US$465 million. When he was swept from power in early 1986, those domestic and foreign debts had reached US$26 billion—a 26,000 per cent increase! Today, the Philippine national debts at combining domestic and foreign amounts to more than US$300 billion already or P6 Trillion, with almost P900 Billion Pesos interest payments or US$900 per second of interest, and during the time of Gloria Macapagal, it was reportedly increasing at US$100 Million daily debt increase, and it is all for the interest of the bankers. BILLIONS FOR THE BANKERS And DEBT AND DEATH FOR TH…, TRILLIONS FOR THE BANKERS AS BANKING ARITHMETIC OF…, BAMBOOZLED BY THE BANKERS

    Marcos’ successors, that is, the Philippine presidents from Cory Aquino, Ramos, Estrada, Macapagal (now under arrest for the crimes of electoral sabotage and plunder cases) down Benigno Aquino, Jr, had to borrow, and will borrow vast amounts from those private, domestic and foreign bankers, to pay those odious debts that he and they themselves accumulated under debt-finance economy. It has now become a never-ending vicious cycle, mind-boggling and nerve-wracking and hair-raising to every Filipino citizen to see the gargantuan debts of the Philippine Government, and only a miraculous turn of events which I know through monetary reform Monetary Reform Case Study from the Philippines legislation and change of global financial-economic system can help and save us from the dungeon of debts and being buried forever in huge debts under debt finance calamity.

    No Lack of Money and Resources for Distribution:

    Contrary to escalating forms of scare-mongering tactics that earth’s resources are finite or the fear of the scarcity of food, etc, the natural resources are evolutionary, organically renewable, replenishable except in some totally damaged parts of the earth, just as human reproduction is except impugned by artificial methods, and if only there is no control, greed and avarice. Please take a look ~

    In the world today, we have around more than US$600 Trillion dollars circulating everyday, but these hugest monies are not going through to peoples in terms of financial-economic democracy but controlled by the powerful few, magnates, tycoons, global banking and multinational conglomerates and governments engaged in programs that against life, environment and ultimate against God. $600 Trillion dollars are under the spells of greed, avarice, injustice and curse of God.

    US banks alone are reportedly holding $800 trillion more or less in assets.

    Investment banking fees alone made banks $66 billion in 2009. Nearly half of those revenues came from US banks, followed by Europe. That said, the world’s most profitable bank today is the Industrial & Commercial Bank of China, which made $16 billion in profits in 2008~The World’s Most LucrativeBusiness Markets | Business Pundit

    In the United States, reportedly, the total US$ monies circulating are around US$16 Trillion but these monies do not feed down in just proportion and fraction to most ordinary Americans, but by the powerful few.

    Plenty of money in the United States but purely controlled by the bankers and the super-rich individuals and groups.
    $16,000,000,000,000.00 (TRILLION) was secretly given out to US banks and corporations and foreign banks everywhere from France to Scotland. From the period between December 2007 and June 2010, the Federal Reserve had secretly bailed out many of the world’s banks, corporations, and governments. Virtually none of the money has been returned and it was loaned out at 0% interest.

    To place $16 trillion into perspective, the Gross Domestic Product of the United States, the sum of all goods and services produced in the country in one year, is only $14.12 trillion. The entire national debt of the United States government spanning its 200+ year history is only $14.5 trillion.

    The budget that is being debated so heavily in Congress and the Senate is only $3.5 trillion.

    There was no public debate about whether $16,000,000,000,000 would be given to failing banks and failing corporations around the world.

    When you have conservative Republican stalwarts like Jim DeMint(R-SC) and Ron Paul(R-TX) as well as self-identified Democratic socialists like Bernie Sanders all supporting a bill to audit the Federal Reserve, it seems clear that the Federal Reserve is not presently accountable to any public scrutiny.

    Here is a link to a PDF file of the complete audit, which is quite long (I myself had a hard time getting through it):http://sanders.senate.gov/ imo/media/doc/GAO%20Fed% 20Investigation.pdf

    The list of institutions which received the most money from the Federal Reserve can be found onpage 131 of the Audit, and are as follows:

    Citigroup got $2.5 trillion ($2,500,000,000,000)
    Morgan Stanley got $2.04 trillion ($2,040,000,000,000)
    Merrill Lynch got $1.949 trillion ($1,949,000,000,000)
    Bank of America got $1.344 trillion ($1,344,000,000,000)
    Barclays PLC (United Kingdom) got $868 billion ($868,000,000,000)
    Bear Sterns got $853 billion ($853,000,000,000)
    Goldman Sachs got $814 billion ($814,000,000,000)
    Royal Bank of Scotland (UK) got $541 billion ($541,000,000,000)
    JP Morgan Chase got $391 billion ($391,000,000,000)
    Deutsche Bank (Germany) got $354 billion ($354,000,000,000)
    UBS (Switzerland) got $287 billion ($287,000,000,000)
    Credit Suisse (Switzerland) got $262 billion ($262,000,000,000)
    Lehman Brothers got $183 billion ($183,000,000,000)

    The global economy produces more or less US$30 TRILLION value of wealth production annually but only goes to the powerful and super-rich multinational corporations, global mega-bankers, commercial/financial institutions, millionaire-billionaire-tycoons that and who control money, wealth and population. Individual, organizations, institutions, systems, ideologies, beliefs, practices and policies are, alas, hostile to faith, morality, life ,family and the poor in the third world.

    Reportedly, there are around 7.5 million Millionaires to Billionaires globally with the collective assets of US$25 Trillion, and is expectedly reaching to US$44.9 to $50 Trillion in 2006-2008-2009 and of course in spite of global financial crisis, global billionaires continue to thrive in 2011 to 2012, and much more in the coming years at the expense of the sufferings of billions of poor people in this planet.

    According to global aid statistics that between 1950 to 2009, MORE THAN US$3 Trillion flowed from the rich world nations to the poor world nations in the form of BILATERAL AID-STRING-BASED-ATTACHED or Development Assistance in the form of INTEREST-BEARING LOANS but this aid did not FEED DOWN TO THE POOR AND THE NEEDY AND THE INTENDED RECIPIENTS SUCH AS THE VICTIMS OF HUNGER AND NATURAL CALAMITIES but went to corruptions that in the span of 60 years, the total costs of corruptions all over the world are about US$2.8 Trillion, but in contemporaneous with this corruption imperialism within this period covered, the RICH NATIONS through the tutelage and supervision and structural reform policies and conditions of the IMF-WB, and other foreign and international bankers through their ECONOMIC HIT MEN and sub-agents and their vultures, leeched off and siphoned off via legal and illegal transfers of money and channels around US$5 Trillion with annual interest payments of US$400 Billion annually collected from the third world nations.

    Reportedly, the annual foreign aid totals of US$50 Billion to the third world nations (that do not feed down to the poor and the needy in the third world nations) but the dirty money that flow or streams illegally the other way, from poor countries to rich countries has been reportedly US$500 Billion up to US$1 Trillion per year that go to lodge to the transnational banks or transition economies of the Western countries

    It is also important to mention here that the reported costs of the GLOBAL FINANCIAL CRISIS are round US$50 Trillion, and as this crisis goes on, more costs are eventually enormously increasing in the daily basis. This money eventually, by hocus-pocus, goes back to the creators of money, the bankers.

    And I received the information as per below: You be the judge. We need Prosperity Funds.

    WORLDWIDE PROSPERITY SUMMARY —- VERY NICE!!!!! Mon Oct 03, 2011 1:38 pm

    Sunday, October 2, 2011
    WORLDWIDE PROSPERITY SUMMARY —- VERY NICE!!!!!

    Our understanding based on facts we’ve gathered from very reliable sources suggest that the old paradigm will end, and a new way of thinking is about to begin. The old world, as we know it, will vanish like a long nightmare should and a new world of abundance and long lasting peace is coming.

    Funding for the National Economic Security And Reformation Act (NESARA) would come from several sources, some of those already identified are:

    Saint Germain World Trust $1 QuatroDecillion or $1 with forty (40) zeros behind it.

    Philippine Gold 1,500 to 500,000 metric tons (Feb 28 update, May 10 update)

    World Global Settlements Fund $ 47+ Trillion Jan. 18, 2011
    CMKX Diamonds – $3.7 Trillion
    Ed Falcone Fund update Jan 11, 2011
    Wanta Fund update Dec. 12, 2010
    Tropos Fund – update Dec. 9, 2010

    Each of these funds has its own glorious story. But be careful in your research, evil can create their websites, too, for purposes of disinformation. Look, at the top of the page, how they changed the definition of the acronym, i.e. from economic security to economicstability. Why do we believe in NESARA? Because it’s already a law of the land.

    Where would these mind-bloggling financial assistance go?

    Every country will forgive each others debt. Some funds will be used to buyout all oil and pharmaceutical companies. New energy and medical technologies will be made accessible. Income taxes are no longer deducted from your paycheck and licenses no longer required.

    Every living soul on this planet will benefit from it. But they will start with Americans by distributing each a $100,000.00 per month for 11 months as they consider the country a global melting pot.

    This is 20+ years in the making. The White Hats and Asian Secret Societies are making it possible. Casualties on the good side are minimal, while the evil suffered a lot. Most of them are now neutralized or are on the run.

    Majority may not be able to fully adjust to everything that is to come. The massive change that is to occur would be painful to those who have been for years unmindful about global concerns. That’s the reason why those who are implementing these radical changes are doing them gradually, and the internet infrastructure is facilitating that.

    Source: Spiritual Truth Blog (http://s.tt/13oRf)
    http://www..reenagagneja.com/nesara

    http://nesaranews.blogspot.com/2011/10/worldwide-prosperity-summary-very-nice.html#comments

    MY PROPOSALS TO IMF AND WB in 2012:

    Cancel all debts of nations. Advise all nations to create their own money debt-free and provide extra basic income to every citizen: man, woman and child by virtue of citizenship as inalienable within the universal law granted by God as wealth-financial-economic bill of rights from the cradle to the grave.

    GIVE BACK TO NATIONS BY EXPEDIENCY – THE RIGHT OF STATE-OWNED CENTRAL BANKING SYSTEM WHERE GOVERNMENT BY LAW CAN FUNCTION TO HAVE GOVERNMENT-CREATED MONEY DEBT-FREE!

    THIS IS THE ONLY LAST-OFF SOLUTION before the global suicide en masse or global financial tsunami hits us to total despair.

    WE NEED AT LEAST ONE BILLION PEOPLE IN THIS PLANET to condemn and curse the system and likewise we need the same one billion people to have a uniform and universal belief of the power of the real solution of debt-free money creation, and the distribution of wealth by God-given and peoples’ rights.

    What we also need right now is to completely change humanity, the mindset, the philosophy, the orientation and education to support the idea-scheme of debt-free Government-public banking created money and the provision of financial-economic security to everyone. So many things will change.

    God has created the earthly goods for all men, without exception, no doubt. Hence, all men without exception, have the inherent basic inalienable rights in strict social and economic justice to have such share from the abundance of earthly goods as needed to live as human persons as children of God. God-made-wealth and men-transformed earthly goods could only serve life when these are distributed according to justice and charity

    “There are risks and costs to A PROGRAM OF ACTION, but they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction”. – Former US President John F. Kennedy

    Eric V. Encina

    • gary2

      It would have been a lot easier to simply say tax the rich and spread the wealth. Either way you say it that is what needs to be done.

      • Rancher

        Once again you will never…ever find. The more wealthy than you are also smarter by and large. They will simply move it far away…bye bye

      • Rancher

        Once again you will never…ever find the money. The more wealthy than you are also smarter by and large. They will simply move it further away…bye bye

        Then on the other hand what you might wring out of them will be wasted by the govt. You will never seen dime of it.

        • baldrad

          Rancher, don’t confuse childish LoonLefty minds with fundamental economic principles.

          It makes ‘em whimper and whine, ’cause their Pied Pipers (Pelosi, Reid, Sanders, Shumer, Durbin, Dodd, Frank) have them believing that all they have to do is take rich peoples’ slice of the pie, and everything will be solved.

          DEPENDENCYCRATS: Stage Four stupidity.

        • gary2

          you would be surprised at the resourfullness of the IRS. They have way more resources than you.

      • baldrad

        Hey, Gary-who-like-any-Liberal-can’t-do-math(whew-you’ve got a long name), you can tax 100% of “rich” peoples’ income (what’s the Dependencycrat definition of “rich” today? It changes depending on whether you’re getting enough hate generated)and it would only get you halfway to balancing the budget.

        • gary2

          see my eralier response to your false dichotemy.

    • James

      Ok, you wrote more in the comment than was written in the article…

      Your points, all of them, are antithetical to human nature and will result in extreme poverty. You propose handing out money to everyone, but without production money means nothing.

      Image yourself sitting there with $1 billion… on an uninhabited island in the middle of the Pacific. The money is useless.

      Simply printing and handing out money to everyone would essentially put everyone on the in that scenario.

      • Chris

        Sooo, you have been against the bailouts of banks and the Fed injecting more money into the economy?

    • Rancher

      Commie comes to mind….

      • gary2

        typical low information fox news viewer call anything they do not get commie or socialist. What a tool!

        • baldrad

          GARY2: off-the-rack Junior College dropout who sat in the front row in PoliSci class and bought everything the LoonLefty instructor driveled–gets all his info from MSNPC, Joan Walsh, Kristine Vander Heufel, and Addy-onna Huffington, LMFAO.

      • Chris

        reading your comments, zealot comes to mind

    • orsobubu

      eric, all this is morally interesting, but scientifically totally wrong. your solution rely again on concept of “money”. you need to start to understand what money is. money is worked hours stolen (profit) from wage workers and converted into capital (sic). your solution does not answer this contradiction, because your system does not addresses the problem of the fall of profit rate, the real root of economic crisis in a capitalistic production system based on money. you need to start studying Marx first, to undertstand the basics. We have only two options: war or revolution, as said by Lenin.

      • Rancher

        Commie ways have always failed look at the history books.

      • baldrad

        ..the answer’s obvious, ORSOBUBU: since it’s easy and automatic to make a profit, UNION PENSION FUNDS (rich, rich, rich) should buy businesses and turn them all into EMPLOYEE-OWNED enterprises. Then the “stolen” work hours’ profits will remain in the workers’ hands.

        Just explain why the Unions (bigtime collectivists like yourself) don’t do this. It is at once glaringly hypocritical for Labor to criticize capitalism, and then be content to invest pension funds in stocks, bonds, and other financial instruments.

        C’mon–let’s get that easy profit in the hands of “the WORKERS”.

        You can’t give a coherent answer.

  • Toomanyfakeconservatives

    It would look bad if the our government loudly shot the poor, so instead it quietly starves them. Either way, the poor end up just as dead.

    • baldrad

      ….the Givermint has spent SIXTEEN TRILLION DOLLARS on its Liberal Plantation since Lyndon Johnson and his fellow travellers began the WAR ON POVERTY.

      Why is there still any poverty? Because the poor are dependable Liberal votes, and the Dependencycrats want to keep them there….

  • r.bitting

    “I am the way, the truth and the life. NO MAN comes to the Father EXCEPT THROUGH ME ” John 14:6… The judge is at the door people, better wake up.

    • gary2

      I guess all you selfish conservatives will be swimming in that lake of fire as conservatism is selfish and sinful. Better get a good swim suite ie-fire proof!

      • r.bitting

        I have a fire proof suit. I’ve put on the Lord Jesus Christ. As far as being a selfish conservative, I don’t place my faith in politicians like you do, so I don’t have that problem.

        • Gary2

          you did not address the selfish part

        • Gary2

          You may have Christ on you but as evdinced by your selfish posts you do not have Christ in you. Big difference.

      • Ken

        Socialism–steel from those who work hard to give to the lazy so they can lay around and do nothing while calling those who work hard greedy.

        • Gary2

          ok rush-you really have some orginal low informatioon comment. Why don’t you go hang the confederate flag back on your porch?

        • Gary2

          most of the folks on welfare are working poor. Let me repeat WORKING poor. It is the scumbag companies who pay low wages that are the issue. I am all for Government leveling the playing field by taxing the rich and spreading the welath.

      • baldrad

        Conservatives at EVERY income level give more to charity than the Utopian shakedown artists calling themselves Progressives.

        Keep embarrassing yourself, Gary. You produce nothing and therefore can’t give much, if anything.

    • Sunday

      Amen!

  • shypuffadder

    Many are unaware of the difficulties descending upon us because they don’t think their present situation will ever change. They will never be laid off because their company would simply collapse witout their presence. It is surprising how many Americans are totally unaware of what is going on in Europe. At best, they are vaguely aware that Europe is having problems, but can’t see how it could ever impact them. In the meantime, the media is lathering on the “happy talk” very thickly. Now, it appears that MSM’s most important task is to convince people that they need to go out and spend, charge, spend, because everybody else is doing it.

    With so many children on food stamps, we can look forward to a population even more sickly than what we are ignoring now. Don’t know why this country refuses to plan for the future.

    • baldrad

      Very insightful, but falling on deaf ears.

      How’s that cradle-to-grave Progressive Welfare State workin’ out for Europe? Not at all. But Liberals here listen to their pied pipers and believe that everything will be ok if we just rob the rich.

      They have been educated by Liberals who can’t do the simplest math, enabled by MSM who are also economically illiterate. It is THE crisis.

      There is not enough “rich” income or “rich” assets to slow down this runaway train, and 98% of the population will remain unprepared…..

      • gary2

        doing very well in Scandavian countries.

        • RootCauses

          Well yes because they were National Socialists who sterilized their undesirables into the 1970s. Ergo, only the productive remain. So the cancer metastasizes more slowly. But it still marches on.

          You aren’t advocating eugenics are you Gary?

          There was just a terrorist attack against the Leftist establishment in Norway and right-wing parties are ascendant across Scandinavia. Not exactly hallmarks of a stabilized order.

          • Gary2

            American conservatism is polluting other countries as the shooting incident proves.

            Eugenics? Not sure where you are coming from…

  • luis

    Hey dont blame ilegal blame illuminati freemason big corporation new world order an the coming antichrist god help people united an maybe u will survive…………..

  • luis

    BAD things are coming every where in the world so i may just leave the usa every one in the middle east hate us so if the economy fail i may moved somewhere in southamerica we all need to unite enough people BLACK WHITE BROWN where one nation under god dont forget im tire of people fighting like animal wake the ******* up every please where human not animal not even animal fight all the time like human this world make me sick sometimes……….

    • baldrad

      ….I agree, Luis…..you have the macro picture correct. God Bless you, Brother..

  • McKinley Morganfield

    #6 There are 10 different U.S. states where at least one out of every four babies is born to a family living in poverty.

    What a great idea, when living in poverty have more children! Of course an economy that produces few well paid jobs is a big contributor to this problem; but individuals have an equal share in creating these circumstances. Routinely we see reports of single women with 3,4,5,…. 15 children when in fact they could not support 1 child without rent assistance, medicare, and food stamps.

    • gary2

      you are correct in that if you can not afford kids do not have them. No arguement. Wish in one hand and shit in the other and see which one fills up the fastest.

      What is the solution? forced sterilazation? People are gonna have sex often and with many different partners. This is reality. Hell even people in the bible times had several wives. Pretty much it seems most everybody is fing everybody. just saw an article about STD becoming a problem in the older 50 demographic as a lot of older folks enjoy one night stands.

  • William

    The US BORROWED a TRILLION DOLLARS for the unnecessary war of choice in Iraq. How many who are now decrying the child poverty in America supported the Smirking Chimp and war criminal Bush’s war of choice?????? HYPOCRITES???? In a world of finite resources, choices are made. Would it not have been much, much better to spend that TRILLION DOLLARS, although it was borrowed, on Americans?????

    • Rancher

      We borrow trillions for everything equally. Not just war. While I want all the troops home like Ron Paul I also want a across the board equal cut of 10% per year in fed and state spending until they are under budget and paying off the debt 10% a year as well.

      More children will suffer but we are all going to suffer, tough.

  • zeitgeist

    You’re right about one thing. It’s the governments fault. If the government had never initiated entitlement programs this problem would never have reached this level. Many adults never take into consideration the cost and responsibility of raising kids because they know the government will do it for them. Very few children went to bed hungry or was homeless prior to entitlement programs . Their parents were more responsible in those days. Even if the family had no money they would produce their own food. Now people just stand there with their hands out and expect others to provide for their inadequacies . I sympathize with the kids but i believe the parents need to be sterilized to prevent further propagation of the problem.

    • gary2

      Do you realize how absurd what you posted is? How many seniors would be in poverty with out SSI? How many mopre kids would starve without food stamps, WIC etc?

      The good old days you reference were not all that good. Back when you fought in the Civil war many people died of easily curable diseases. I would not want to go back to the past. I like indoor plumbing too much!

      • baldrad

        Clue for Gary: advances in Medical Science have nothing to do with whether an entitlement society should be brought about.

        Do YOU realize the absurdity of your non-logic?

        Didn’t think so.

    • The Nightcrawler

      I’m not for welfare; I am vehemently against it. That said, the elimination of welfare does not automatically mean people will change their behavior. Look at 3rd World countries, such as in Africa, where there is no welfare at all. Not only do people refuse to practice contraception, they breed LITTERS. They know damn well that the children they are having are doomed to live miserable lives and die horrific deaths of disease and starvation. They plain don’t care.

      I don’t think that, prior to welfare in the U.S., “few” children went to bed hungry or were homeless. It was simply more hidden due to the fact that things like TV, 24/7 cable news outlets and the Internet didn’t exist.

  • Morris Wise

    Excuses to explode the federal welfare budget and give every child an iPod.

  • joe

    There are a number of questions which must be asked to determine if we truly have a crisis of children in poverty.

    1. Define poverty. Poverty in this country would be a high standard of living in most other countries. Yes, homelessness is poverty, no question about it.

    2. Why are the largest percentages of these children living in cities that are and have been for decades controlled by progressive democrats?

    3. Why has there been a dramatic increase in the number of people on food stamps? This is an easy one. Under the Obama administration, qualifying for food stamps has become easier. There are many other issues related to the food stamp program, but it suffices to say that it needs to be modified to allow only real food to be purchased and not “junk” or prepared foods.

    The foregoing does not mean that we don’t have a problem. For example, I currently employ (on a temporary basis) two construction workers who are barely surviving (and embarrassed to be on food stamps). However, they are working at anything whenever they can find work, even if it is only for one day. How many people on who are receiving welfare or food stamps would do the same. While we should help those in need, it is my opinion that it should be done at the local level. The current system has produced a form of slavery and entitlement that will eventually, if it has not already, destroy the fabric of self reliance that made the USA what it is, or was.

    • gary2

      stats-most on food stamps are WORKING poor. It is no easier or harder to get food stamps from Obama to Bush. This is first hand knowledge. Maybe if you paid a living wage to your emoployees they would not need food stamps etc. I put the blamne mostly on the greedy employers and private sector for paying low wages more than anything else.

      Also the fact that the poor in this country may be considered well off in another country is meaningless. We live in this country.

  • karen

    You know, at one time I helped with HRS and domestic violence, a young person needing help to feed their family, I always try to help. But as I was told they live off mico-wave food, that was why folks spent so much on food is because people did not want to cook, nor did they want to learn,I know to each his own!!! And I know of some of my family members who the goverment pays them very well just to stay home and take care of their children, they wont’t cook and will tell you straight-up they won’t. The kids eat wht they find in the house, some people don’t even give a darn about their kids and would rather them leave home than have to deal with them. But there a good folks who do love their kids and times are just so hard, and they try but they can’t get any goverment help because they make a few dollars over the quota the gov allows.

    • TX4Life

      While in the grocery store the other day, planning my meals around the sale items, I thought it would be ideal if food stamp recipients were limited to only purchasing the sale items. I know it might be difficult to arrange this type of regulation but it would stretch the food stamp $. Maybe a single location in each city or town where food stamps can be used? It would still provide choices but would ensure maximum value for the $. There was a lot of produce and uncooked meat on sale that would have been good use of food stamps but every time I checkout, I see people with food stamps purchasing mostly prepared foods that are expensive. This would also probably solve childhood obesity.

  • Xander cross

    Well when black people (yes, I am black) endure economic problems and other non-white people were going through problems we were told by white people to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps and no one is opressing you. When white people have economic problems, it’s the county’s fault and then many white people say that they want there county back from the black president Obama. This article is several years too late. This been happening for many years but when it was happening to blacks, we were told to pull ourselves up by the bootstraps, but when this happens to white people, it’s somehow the mexicans fault by saying that they are stealing jobs from white people.

    • Linda Cook

      I am 62 years old and have never seen blacks for the most part pull themselves up by their own shoestrings. They always want to blame every one else but yet they are the first to drop out of high school, number one race for out of wedlock not to mention HIV. Prisons are overloaded with them along with the Mexicans. They got their full rights back in the 60’s and were much more well behaved and family oriented IN THE 60’S than they are now. WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE! The blacks are the first in line to get abortions now, only because they are free. I guess they think this is easier birth control than taking a pill daily. They are not the first in line for handouts anymore. I think the muslimes and mexicans have rooted blacks out. Get use to it!!! How is that change working out for you.

      • xander cross

        I like how you don’t mentioned that many blacks in prison are innocent in the first place being falsly convicted by the state (don’t worry, they got something for you to my white friend, you know, that indefinte detention law that was just passed by the house). Also, blacks did not get full rights in the 60’s especially in suntown cities (I sure you know what that means) and also, you don’t talk about many white people with HIV and other STD’s. Oh, I also like how you racists claim you hate black people, but you have sex with them (I.E. Jerry sandusky). The point is that when you whtie people complain about losing jobs, you blame every race except your own. But then again, your race hired mexicans in the first place. Where was OWS when Regan was president? When corporation been stealing the wealth? When you said that you’re 62, that pretty much explained your viewpoints. You are defiently wrong on this issue.

    • Rancher

      I was raised to pull myself up by my boots straps MR. So drop the cry baby line. I am white baby white.

      I started out hitch hiking at 18…I also put myself through College a couple times and retired debt free at 50. So what is your excuse? Just explain what you have done for yourself and forget the others.

      • xander cross

        I pulled myself up as well. I did not have boots, but I got the job done. I lived in a hotel for months and worked hard and save up my income. Also, I helped others with my experiences and although, I am an atheist, me and my family cooked food for the church shelter. Noticed something, I did not blame mexicans for taking my jobs, but many of you do. I always agree with this site on many things, but I will say that many blacks do work and provided for their families and whites as well. We need to work togehter instead of attacking one another.

        • Gary2

          don’t pay the tea baggers any attention. Let them tool around in the motorized wheel chairs with the confederate flag sticker on the back. Most of them have one foot in the grave and the other is slipping.

          • Rancher

            They are breeding ;-)

        • baldrad

          ….Xander,a temperate statement, given the propensity here for a real blow-up in the conversation.

          Even if I disagree with you on some things, thanks–you’re a leader.

          • Xander cross

            Thank you. Me and a few others have been helping each other to get through this. Your comments inspired me.

  • REED RICHARDS

    Steve, Mark,

    Agreed. Many illegal aliens running amok is a huge cause of rising unemployment. They are one part of it, not the sole cause.

    Also, children always suffer through the stupidity of the adult contingent of the population. A no brainer there. Which is why I am opposed to bringing new children into the world. I think that childbearing is for people whose heads are totally up you know where. No sane, rational person not of the wealthy elite living off shore on an island somewhere with 24 hour security would have children at this stage of world development or shall we say, regression.

    Vote Republican? Vote Democrat? Anyone who does this, aside from children who have no say in the matter, are getting the world they so richly deserve…………

    • Rancher

      Oddly others also want me and my family to also suffer over the irresponsible actions of adults and their spawn….

      My home is not part of the Hillory Village and I am not the village idiot either.

      It is going to get a lot worse and at least we have taken steps to keep our family from ever going hungry. That is as long as they are willing to work. Even just to work for me cleaning the chicken pen out.

  • Rowell

    It’s sad to read the mainstream media news these days. So many articles reporting on changes around the country. Changes that many people either think are great, or are completely oblivious to. But these changes are more steps in destroying the country.

    Every judgement that states a corporation is a person, or that corporations and political action groups can spend as much money as they want on political campaign donations, is another chunk taken out of the greatness of the US. Sometimes it’s hard to watch.

    Still sadder are the people that are just beginning to get an inkling, and yell to “vote them all out”, or “vote out all [democrats/republicans]”. As if that’s going to change anything. Go ahead, vote them all out. As proof in the republican candidate front-runners…there are NO other choices except what “the establishment” puts before us.

    Now, before you get upset and mention Ron Paul, I have an explanation. Firstly, I will agree that Ron Paul is true to the constitution, has a long record of voting for what’s right. But, if Ron Paul were elected president, he would still have to deal with a corrupt congress. Since they pass the laws, all they would need is a two thirds majority to make Dr. Paul redundant. Aside from that, “the establishment” wouldn’t allow Ron Paul to be elected anyways.

    The economic collapse is coming. The writing is on the wall, you can hear the train approaching the station. I guess the hardest part (at least for me) is wrapping my head around the idea that life for everyone is going to change…drastically, and wondering how exactly that change will affect me and my family.

  • http://www,Back2theLand.com Old Timer

    You have not seen the worst of it yet! Back in the Great Depression there were tens of thousands of children – abnandoned – and the social services at that time had to sweep them up, place them on trains, and at each train stop “give” them to farmers who would take them in and raise them.

    Currently there are laws that allow parent(s) to give their children to hospitals on up to age 18 or so, which is a growing concern as it was originaly for babies. Current facilities to shelter children are limited and many still survive – alone – by living on the streeets.

    We raised 16 foster children, many with severe mental, character and personality disorders brought on, in part by street living, and no parenting. Some did well, one attaining a Ph.D, others made it thru HS. Some were lost causes requiring group home therepy. Unfortunately these specialized facilities are so expensive that the social services do not have $5,000.00 a month (or more) per child to care for them.

    There is a child out there that you can care for, one at a time.

    Old Timer.

    • Michael

      Good comment Old Timer.

      Michael

    • baldrad

      God Bless you, Old Timer.

      Merry Christmas.

  • Paul76

    @Steve: No, no, no, no, no! Stop scapegoating. YES, illegal immigration is a problem. Yes, some take advantage of the system and freeload, but no more so than “real” Americans. They are NOT the “primary cause” of unemployment. The primary cause is government policy, which makes it difficult to do business, a nightmare to hire anybody, and gives people incentive to remain unemployed.

    On todays topic, what is hard to figure is how the government can claim that children are suffering poverty and starvation, while at the same time claiming that childhood obesity is epidemic and the vast majority of children are eating TOO MUCH!

    My 2 cents is the “obesity epidemic” is that it is another made up crisis used as an excuse to implement more government control over individuals. Dig into the new federal regulations governing, of all things, chocolate milk! Have you wondered why whole chocolate milk is disappearing from grocery stores and being replaced with low-fat 1% chocolate milk?

  • jennifer

    I agree with steve about the illegals flooding the economy.

  • Lynette

    Thanks for the good articles. Long time reader first time poster.

    We helped a young lady not long ago. She lived with us long enough to finish HS. She was receiving SNAP benefits and every few weeks her mom would come by and load her up with brand name, high sodium and high fat content food items. Her favorite was Cheetos and Soda. It was sad. She was displaced from her family and food was her addiction. She has since been reunited with her mom and I believe is considering joining the Navy.

    During this time we had a difficult time explaining to our children why they had to live with off brand products and homemade meals. In their eyes and from their perspective it was not fair.

    What a mess we have created!

    • Michael

      Lynette:

      I think that it is so wonderful that you helped that young lady out. We all need some help at some point in our lives. Hopefully in the tough years to come we will all remember to be compassionate.

      Michael

  • Syrin

    FOUR MORE YEARS !!
    FOUR MORE YEARS !!

    • gary2

      I am happy to see that you are coming around. Obama is way better than ANY republican. He is too conservative but I am thinking he will go left when reelected as he has nothing to loose.

      2012 the year of taxing the rich hard!

      • baldrad

        Now comes Gary, to explain how “taxin’ da rich hahd” is going to accomplish anything.

        C’mon, Gary–show us your math/financial knowledge. And use real numbers. Show us how there’s going to be enough money to keep Medicare and Social Security alive in their present Ponzi scheme structure.

        Use real numbers to show us how there will be enough money to pay government workers of any kind, even with –zero– military budget if you don’t modify entitlements.

        Chirp….chirp……

        • gary2

          If I have to explain what you can easily find for your self on the internet you won’t get it anyways.

          Obviously taxing the rich hard will bring in more money. DUH

          remove income cap on taxes for SSI-problem solved. Tax capital gains as income. SIngle payer-no more medicare issues.

  • Unwelcomed French opinion

    The important African and Mexican populations in the USA are driving down the statistics of your nation. They would always be less rich in average, even though the majority of them would do well. And East Asians would always do slightly better than American Whites, in average of course.

    Nevertheless, Cleveland and Detroit can not even represent the actual state of Black America since they are highly de-industrialized cities of the Rust Belt. And it’s not the Mexicans who ruined Reading (Pennsylvania) either. Simply, your federal government seems to deem that heavily populated and gigantic territories are nevertheless somehow disposable. It’s the capitalism of crickets, not of pioneers as it used to be. That is the main problem, in my opinion.

    But you still have to use the statistics for the White population only in order to get a picture of the economy that could be used for comparison. Otherwise, it’s mere sensationalism.

    • baldrad

      …a good observation, Pierre (can I all you Pierre?).

      Seriously, you should contribute additional posts, as your scholarship is apparent.

      Thank you.

  • GoneWithTheWind

    What a crock of crap. The poor in the U.S. get free health care, free housing, free food, and then are served free meals at school (what happened to the food stamp money?), free babysitting, free college, free clothing, free utilities, and more. Then on top of the $40,000 in free stuff they are handed money, cash, moola; YOUR money that the tax collector takes from you at the point of a gun. I am so sick of the “poor” destroying our country.

    • gary2

      free housing? Free college? 40,000 of free stuff? I do not know where you live but I can see you exist in the fox news world. Pretty much what you said is incorrect.

    • Vivvi

      wonder if you will still feel that way if you should ever suffer the misfortune of becoming one of them?

      • GoneWithTheWind

        I am 68 years old. I began working at 14. In my entire life I have collected exactly one week of unemployment. I have worked three jobs at a time and often two jobs at a time. I spent 16 years getting my bachelors degree while working full time. I spent another six years getting my MBA while continuing to work full time. I never quit a job without first finding another job. I saved thousands and thousands by saving small amounts out of every paycheck. The last three vehicles I owned I kept each for over 12 years and well in excess of 200,000 miles. I rarely use my credit card and when I do use it I pay it off at the end of the month. I have never used any illegal drugs in my life and I have not drunk alcohol since I was in my early 30’s. I did that by choice using common sense. I have never smoked. Between what I don’t spend on smoking and drinking (not to mention illegal drugs) I can save and extra $150 a week. I can feed a family of four for under $10 a day and practiced this frugality all my life. I grew up poor and I probably wasn’t even to middle class until I was over 30. I am not rich but I own my own home and car and have a few dollars to spend on my grandkids if I want to. ALL of this is thanks to hard work and conscious good choices. In order to become “one of them” I would have to take up smoking drinking and drugs and quit working and spend my money frivolously. THAT would be stupid!! STUPID!! And THAT is why I won’t become one of them.

      • baldrad

        I have been “one of them”, and more than once. It is NOT inescapable. You CAN improve your lot.

        But you CAN’T improve your lot, according to the Keepers of the Liberal Plantation. You must elect the Utopians, and THEY will provide….

  • nowwthen

    “This boy is Ignorance. This girl is Want. Beware them both. . .” Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”

    You do a good job of reporting the rampant poverty among American kids. Not surprisingly the high school dropout rates in those cities and nationwide will ensure that many of these kids will develop into poor adults.

    “Are there no prisons?’ said the Spirit, turning on him for the last time with his own words. ‘Are there no workhouses?”

  • Morris

    Steve that is such an ignorant comment Hispanics are even leaving this country becuase of the horrible way the are being treated. You need to read more, inform yourslef on what is going on in this world and stop blaming them.

  • Linda Cook

    These ignora-mou-ses who always have sex on the brain like the animals in Africa are always the first wanting a handout. Yes, innocent children pay the price but the americans who are responsible and don’t have children beyond their means are always the ones picking up the tab. If that muslim in the white house would do right by the people and for staters sending mexicans back and quit sending foreign aide to all these losing countries we could feed our people. The ignorant always have too many kids and it is destroying America. Tired of feeding muslims here and tired of keeping losers up. Some children are from good families who lost jobs and having very hard times but a lot of them are from ignorance who can’t keep their legs together!

  • Antonio Gonzalez

    The game is over.

  • Cinderella Man JD

    I can understand why you deleted my comment yesterday. But remember pacifisim will get you no where, Michael. There was Christian crusaders remember? Anyway on to the topic. I know personally people that cant feed their kids. A lady friend of mine is struggling with dehabitlitating disease and high medical bills. She is also a pill drug addict. Her poor kids are like nephews and nieces to me. They are friends with my kid brother and they often stay over at my mother’s house because there is nothing to eat at their home. My lady friend is often sick or is drugged up so she dosent take care of the kids. It breaks my heart, indeed. I wonder what will happen when millions of families are cut off from SNAP, TANF, LIEAP, or HEAP in your region of USSA. The most dangerous person is a man or woman with hungry kids. I am sad for the millions of children suffering. However instead of just complaining and supposing what should be done, I will make a promise right now, to buy an older cow, we call them hamburger cow and donate the meat to the food banks and to needy friends and family members. Youre right Mark, I will help out. Chairity begins at home.

    • Michael

      JD:

      I don’t remember deleting any comment of yours. Due to very high traffic on my sites yesterday, there were some technical glitches. So if any comments were deleted that may be why.

      Michael

  • laura

    Since it costs a q of a million to raise one child, people better think twice before breeding. Adopt if you can afford it, or don’t breed. Sterilization is cheap, simple, paid by ins. It worked for us. Most people really can’t afford kids, the burdens raising them, as women have to work full time. High divorce rates are a great reason not to breed as most women end up on the dole after divorce.

  • Cinderella Man JD

    A little after thought…Michael have you read the new CNBC article about parents telling their kids that Santa missed their house so they could wait until the day after Mid winter shopping holiday to get presents? Wow talk about the sign of the times!!

    • Michael

      I have not seen that article yet.

      Yes – that is a sign of the times that we live in.

      Michael

  • Charles

    This 2009 BBC Panorama programme shows US people unable to afford healthcare, qeueing throughout the night to get treatment from a British charity that flies in regularly to provide healthcare for the poor. Looks like things havent chaged much in 3 years.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/panorama/2009/01/what_now_mr_president_a_us_ver.html

  • Joe

    A 10% (or what ever the number is to hit budget each year) flat tax accross the board whether you make $100 or 100 million is the only fair solution.

  • Christina Marlowe

    Each year that I am able, I go to visit one of the most destitute regions in the United States, the ever-impoverished Mississippi Delta. There are hundreds of tiny towns strewn quite apart from each other, and in each of these tiny, dirt-poor towns, I find only fast food chain restaurants, local catfish, hushpuppies and BBQ shacks, perhaps a gas station here and there, a few general stores and several funeral parlors; no where have I seen a market filled with healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains.

    Many people in the Mississippi Delta, most of them black, are left completely ignored and poverty-stricken with little access to a proper education, healthy foods, [affordable] health care; many live in lean-to shacks with no hope for a better future. The people of this region of Mississippi, the second poorest state in the union (Louisiana is the poorest), are largely ignored and there is always a severe lack of resources for them. How, exactly do you get ahead with those kinds of conditions??? Generation after generation, there is NOTHING to do BUT play & sing the Blues. And they certainly have MASTERED THAT…

    So, it is with that that I say, once more, the drastic lack of resources for black Americans and now for most people in all of America today, thanks largely to DEREGULATION, is so vastly widening and obviously so; the criminal conspiracy on Wall Street that brought this country to it’s knees, and the (mostly Republican) government’s draconian cuts to ALL of the most crucial and the most fundamental aspects to any “civilized” society, i.e. education, health care, food and shelter, have utterly shattered so many lives it’s unspeakable.

    In my 43 years here on earth, most of my time here in America, I have never before witnessed such reckless and such foreseeable decimation of an entire society. All that had once been great about this, my own country, has been literally squandered to unimaginable ruins by the insanely myopic, thoroughly shortsighted decisions, designs and policies of the self-absorbed, infantile and stupid-to-the-core politicians. It’s nothing more than a game to these people; Almost every single one of these worse-than-useless government hacks and their flunkies are nothing more than base prostitutes, so glaringly whoring everything to the ghastly and obscene corporate empires that are quite literally running every single industry straight through the ground and into hell; and they do it in broad daylight, without a single thought and with absolutely no conscience whatsoever. Actual FACTS mean NOTHING to the likes of these these people, as they are thoroughly self-important, self-centered, greedy, stingy and covetous cretins, not to mention pathological liars and sociopaths. Just like undeveloped two-year-olds fighting over a cheap plastic toy.

    • gary2

      Actual FACTS mean NOTHING to the likes of these these people, as they are thoroughly self-important, self-centered, greedy, stingy and covetous cretins, not to mention pathological liars and sociopaths. Just like undeveloped two-year-olds fighting over a cheap plastic toy.

      You have perfectly described conservative republicans. Great post!

      • Iman Azol

        Odd. I was just thinking it describes most “99%”ers.

        I do notice the article above tosses around numbers willy nilly with nothing to compare to.

        Keep in mind that under the US definition of “poverty,” better than 99% of them have fridges, stoves, housing, better than 75% have a car and better than 80% have a computer or smart phone.

        France defines it somewhat differently. You can live in “poverty” in the US and be twice as well off as a French poor person.

        No sense in facts getting in the way, though.

        Of course, I’m sure you’re running out right now to contribute to a charity to help with this, right?

        Better yet, contact me, mail me your check, and I will personally deliver it to the charity–or government agency–of your choice, and publicly post what a stand-up guy you are.

        • Gary2

          They have appliances in third world countries also. What a dumb comment.

          Absolute vs relative poverty-look it up.

          The fact that a poor person in the USA is better than a middle class in Africa means nothing. We live here.

    • http://YAHOO RICHARD

      I THINK YOU’LL FIND THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE IN THE SOUTH AND CENTRAL AMERICA GROW ALOT OF THEIR OWN FOOD AND CANN IT TO.

    • baldrad

      ….eloquent B.S. Here’s one I can’t wait to see you handle: over 90% of Goldman-Sachs’ political contributions are to The Dependencycrat Party this year.

      C’mon–lend your eloquent droning to that fact…

      • gary2

        I agree that both parties suck. It is just that the dems suck a whole lot less than the repubes.

        I guess you could say the lesser of 2 evils may still be evil but it is less evil.

      • D37

        baldrad

        Goldman Sachs doesn’t need to contribute to the GOP, they have direct or indirect connections to so many party members it would be like sending yourself a gift basket in the mail.

    • baldrad

      …explain this, Christina and Gary: Conservatives at EVERY economic strata, including what YOU define as poor, give more to charity than Libs. Don’t embarrass yourselves by trying to deny it.

      Can’t wait to hear you try to explain it away….

      • gary2

        given that conservatives are the party that hurts the poor the most by far with their immoral policies of funneling wealth to the top 1% , cutting programs like WIC, etc etc if what you say is true regarding chartible contributions (and I am not sure it is-depends who/what study you look at) it is to ease their guilty consiences.

      • gary2

        The modern conservative is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy: The search for a moral justification for selfishness. (John Kenneth Galbraith)

    • Orange Jean

      I live in rural southeastern Virginia (Hampton Roads area, but in the Isle of Wight boonies). What I’ve seen here among many of the blacks living in the country (unlike what you are describing in Mississippi or what I see in the inner city) is a lot of folks who have gardens, raise their own healthier veggies and fruits, and some raise chickens. Fishing and hunting also is common in this part of the country.

      It is not unusual to find someone here (often older black men) who are selling their surplus produce by the side of the road in the back of their trucks or in little vegetable stands, or sell eggs, fish, crabs, etc. I buy stuff from them too in the summer when it’s available; usually the food is much better than veggies and fruits you can find in the store.

      I have the utmost respect for anyone (black, white or otherwise) who, even if not so wealthy in dollars, figures out a better way to take care of themselves and their families and is self reliant. I have a sneaky suspicion that those people are going to survive any economic collapse better than those who make lots more money.

  • Ken

    Ron Paul 2012. He is the only one running worth listening too.

    • likealolita

      Check out Bill Still, still2012.com. He actually has a few ideas better than Dr. Paul (who happens to be one of my favorite Americans of ALL TIME). What I’m trying to say is, Dr. Paul is not the only sane person out there running for president of the U.S.

  • luis

    some people need to wake up ur goverment has lie to us they dont care about us they only care for there rich friend so people wake up goverment suck every where in the world i see all the goverment suck all they want is there money an does it

  • Newton

    What acrock of crap indeed; these redistributers
    are absolutly hilarious.

    These “poor” people ( alot of them 2nd and 3rd generation) have learned how to game the system.
    They get free everything and the more babies they spew forth; the more they get & to hell with the welfare of the child who then grows up with a huge chip and the entitlement mentality rolls merrily on.

    I have a redistribution theroy for you – if you live in this country and are a bona fide resident and your 21 and of sound mind and body

    YOU WILL WORK.

    And don’t even tell me there are no jobs which is bullshit ; and don’t even tell me you “just can’t make it on 12 bucks an hour” which is more bullshit.

    Give them a fish and feed ‘em for a day – teach them how to fish and make them learn to catch their own and feed them for a lifetime.

    There is nothing new under the sun – nothing -

    • Gary2

      what if there are no fish to catch? The problem with you conservatives is you see the world in black and white when in reality there are many shades of gray.

      • TX4Life

        Gary2,

        I’m one of the conservatives you like to bash. I do have compassion where it is due. HOWEVER, I have 2 relatives who are living off unemployment. They quit their jobs. I didn’t think you could draw unemployment if you left your job by choice. One has a young child and he left his job that provided health insurance for his child. When people say no one wants to just be on unemployment and squeak by, I have to laugh! Both of these individuals have said months ago that they will not look for a job until after the New Year. If it offends you or them that I want them cut off unemployment–too bad! They are stealing from the taxpayers and from those who are truly in need. They are perfectly content to squeak by on $400/week. There are MANY more like them in our society today.

        • Gary2

          I will give you that they system is abused by some. Most estimates are in the 3-5% range which means 95-97% benefit.

          Your antecedent evidence is the worst kind of evidence ( that is a scientific fact not my opinion) and it is not accurate to extrapolate your “evidence” to the larger population.

          This is common sense and I should not need to explain this.

          • Iman Azol

            You speak of science while stating:

            “gary2
            December 14th, 2011 at 11:28 pm · Reply

            Actual FACTS mean NOTHING to the likes of these these people, as they are thoroughly self-important, self-centered, greedy, stingy and covetous cretins, not to mention pathological liars and sociopaths. Just like undeveloped two-year-olds fighting over a cheap plastic toy.

            You have perfectly described conservative republicans. Great post!”

            You’re not only a hypocrite, you’re a bigot.

          • satire

            hahah he’s got a lazy family. so using his logic he wants to cut off his own family’s lifeline. i wonder, will he let them live in his own house or let them be homeless?

  • luis

    Hey, ilegal immagrates are not the problem. The real problem is the government. illuminati is the real thing they control the government they make u think the usa was under attack all the crap is a lie look it up in the wed your president bush is responsible for 9/11 the real terrorist is in the usa not in iraq does bull an illuminati memeber want the U.S dollar to collapse the way they bring there NEW WORLD ORDER BE PREPARED TO SURVIVE WHEN THE REAL THINK HAPPEND BRO

    • GoneWithTheWind

      Illegal immigrants cost every American taxpayer about $3000 each year to provide services designed for citizens. That sounds like a problem to me. Illegal immigrants kill over 3000 people within the U.S. every year. That sounds like it could be a problem.

      • gary2

        send the ********************** all back we do not need or want ANY illegal (or legal in my opinion-there are already too many people in the USA.) There are many progressives who want the ileagles sent home permanently, anchor kids and all.

        • Cherokee

          Yes pack your bags and leave my land!! This is my land you are just an illegal immigrant who forced his way into my land leaving rivers of my people blood. Go back to europe where you belong!

          • Gary2

            Europeans had small pox and were WAY more advanced. less than 50 Spaniards wiped out ALL the Aztecs? could not have been all that great a civilization! I watched a documentary about the book and I was struck by how easily the Europeans wiped out the people in the Americas. I do feel bad about the past but this is 2011 and not 1492. We do not need anymore people in the USA. We already have too many. I would encourage you to read the book.

            Read Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond

    • Iman Azol

      Ah, yes, conspiracy nutjob comment was inevitable.

      Don’t worry. When we are your overlords, you’ll be chained to a plow to experience the real “order.”

  • Old Man

    My heart is broken.

    Children and youngsters are not responsible for all the wrongs in society. But they suffer the most.

    If only adults care much more for the younger generation, they might have acted more responsibly.

    Adults have trashed the core human and social values of society. Replaced them with instant gratification and financial greed. The adults suffer now. But their children do not deserve to suffer for adults mistakes.

    • Rancher

      The struggling Americans include Zenobia Bechtol, 18, in Austin, Texas, who earns minimum wage as a part-time pizza delivery driver. Bechtol and her 7-month-old baby were recently evicted from their bedbug-infested apartment after her boyfriend, an electrician, lost his job in the sluggish economy.

      Now these are (adult/children) had this child together and could not even afford a decent place to live first. Nor develop a career etc.

      Please explain if their choices and the resulting out comes have somehow now become my responsibility in any way? I have gone to great lengths to raise my three children to be responsible. They are. We are here to make sure they do not fail and need to go on govt assistance.

      But in all fairness… we can not start spreading the umbrella out so far as to take care of other people’s children. That would cause the resources here to be drained and then our children could need public help someday. We do not eat our seed money or our reserves here. Tough choices but we are sticking with our family and not raising someone other person’s off spring.

      I feel sorry for this couple. However the word is more like pity as I save compassion for those who are doing all the right things and disaster hits them. Pity is for those who bring it on themselves.

      • Gary2

        yep another “Christian” who missed the part in the bible about being their brothers keeprs. Typical.

        • Reality

          Wow Gary, your hatred of Christians never ceases to amaze me. You must be the life of the party. I pity you.

          • gary2

            great to dis me-thats OK I have braod shoulders. You did not address my point meaning that I am as usual correct in my observations.

        • baldrad

          …tell us now, O pompous Gary, how you have impoverished yourself to save the world this year, or last. You have a computer, therefore you have a very nice and painless lifestyle, in the eyes of many “poor” people in this country and around the world.

          The Dependencycrats are telling those who envy you to join the torch-bearing mob NOW. What WILL you do? What WILL you do?

          • gary2

            Having a 12 year old computer makes one well off?? are you drinking your own bathwater?

            Turn off fox and try critical thinking.

          • Iman Azol

            Gary: you have a computer, and time to waste. That means you’re better off than 75% of the people on the planet.

            Turn of PMSNBC and try critical thinking. There is an entire world outside your mom’s basement.

  • vivster

    All the while Indian and Chinese kids are getting educated with our tax dollars and getting healthy.

  • Tatiana Covington

    Just stop having kids!

  • JCRules

    How many schekels for shilling, Newton? You are right, there is nothing new under the sun. The rich have been doing it to the poor since the dawn of time. During the Irish Famine were the Irish just to dumb and lazy to “pull themselves up by their bootstraps?” Perhaps the Brits stealing their food at gunpoint might have had something to do with it as well, eh? The(Non) Federal-(No)Reserve just handed out 16 trillion fiat notes it created out of thin air to the crooks behind the worlds’ largest ponzi scheme and you’re banging on about the petty theft of crappass foodstamps! You support the biggest moochers in the history of this country. Wake up!

    • RootCauses

      The Irish had no rights in their own land for many hundreds of years. These two sets of circumstances are an apples to oranges comparison.

  • http://www.shelter101.com Dave Shelter

    Food stamps and welfare are what is exploding and soon the government is not going to be able to pay out those expenses. What to see what happens when the economic collapse effects the welfare system? http://www.shelter101.com/california-welfare-gone-in-fiscal-economic-collapse.html

  • Rancher

    EDINBURG, Texas – A man questioned after two boys were shot outside a South Texas middle school has been charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass.

    Authorities searching adjacent ranchland for the shooter found David Guerrero Navarro hunting Monday with an assault rifle north of Harwell Middle School on the northern outskirts of Edinburg. The charge is not directly related to the shootings as investigators say Navarro lacked permission to hunt on the property, and the suspect is in the country illegally. He remains jailed because of his immigration status, and it’s unknown whether he had an attorney.

    Who says illegals are part of the problem?

    • Rancher

      You bet they are!!

      • TX4Life

        They are a HUGE problem here in Texas. Continuous criminal activity related to Mexican Drug Cartels all the time.

  • Sgt shut up

    Poor people need to stop having sex. Having sex costs money nine months later.
    It would be cheaper for the government to give out the pill for free.

    • Julie

      Birth control is free at any Health Department and has been for many years. (Despite liberals claims to the contrary.)

  • BSimpson

    Why you ask? Because feminists have been destroying the nuclear family for ages. If there is no family then who is left to “support” these children? The government, that’s who.

  • BSimpson

    I should add, that it doesn’t break my heart.. yea yea, I know, I’m evil and a heartless coward. But there are getting exactly what they have been asking for.

    Riddle me this: how many “articles” have come out lately that espouse women not needing men?

  • BSimpson

    they’re > there

  • Antonio Gonzalez

    Called darwinismo social. Amen.

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  • http://www.theintelhub.com/ Jose Fuentes

    I live in America and their are thousands and thousands of children that need homes here. It is absolutely sad. But people continue to go outside of the country and adopt. I know that there are issues outside, but this is our country! We should support it and help us get out of poverty before moving on somewhere else. It would also be cheaper to adopt here right?? Opinions?

  • bobbobbobbob

    amerikaka = kaka

    • bobbobbobbob

      ha ha ha ha

  • mondobeyondo

    Hopefully Generation Z will not become Generation Zzzzzzz…
    We’ve already been asleep for far too long.

  • hammer

    I’m white, male and in my mid 50’s. I remember mom got a christmas basket(charity) at 9pm christmas eve with a turkey drumstick, 3 potatoes’ and a can of cranberry jelly. We got christmas dinner! We didn’t have food stamps, we had commodity foods. Department of agriculture subsidies provided meat and dairy products for mom to make healthy meals. She did have to cook though. I also got a break at school, my 1/2 pint carton of milk only cost 2 cents instead of 3 cents like the better off kids. Now I have 3 employees. Lots of folks need a hand, but should be greatful, it isn”t owed.

  • UnkaArt

    Back in the ’60’s LBJ declared war on poverty. The net result was the destruction of poor black and white families. Government handouts are not the answer, Obama’s reign of terror is proof of that. The poor are far worse off than when he took office. Why aren’t the slums filled with poor Jews and Asians? Perhaps because they work their a$$es off and don’t look to government handouts for their next meal or help with their cable TV bill.

  • Just me

    You people depress the hell out of me.
    Children suffer and go hungry and you fight over who is to blame.

    • Julie Peterson

      Well said. Blame gets us nowhere. In fact, it’s an obstacle to helping those who are suffering and in need. Those who blame aren’t interested in helping. They only want to vent their anger and rage at the world and struggle to be recognized as being the one that is “right”.

  • David

    Who cares how many United States’ citizens die. Only the United States. Any more good news like this?

  • RootCauses

    Atlanta

    Philadelphia

    Cleveland

    Detroit

    Washington DC

    But of course the article is headed with a picture of a white child.

  • Paul

    >>>>We’ll it doesn’t take a NASA trained rocket scientist to figure this one out folks<<<<>>> Sure that child poverty in america is absolutely “”EXPLODING”” WHY?

    >>>>When you talk about trillions in debt? Then continue to foolishly print more useless money which has no more value than the paper it’s made from, something’s got to give<<<>>>Thus, that’s no different than stealing my hard-earned bread right out of my pocket (or bank account) and throwing it along with our children’s financial future to the four winds of chance???<<<>>>Nonetheless, the crazy thing that makes no sense at all, is the sad fact that we “Thee American People” can do nothing to stop this insanity in Washington DC.<<<>>>Note: As far as Washington DC is concerned. Those impoverished kids living in America today can all die off, to decrease the population<<<>>>Also note: Lord Obama’s newest vacation is est to cost we taxpayers in up-wards of 10 million dollars…

    >>>>More like 25 Mill but, who’s really counting anything anymore<<<<

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003405405373 Dorian

    “If MS Republicans ‘respect life’ so much, why do they isnist on making sure it is a life empty of basic needs such as food, shelter and healthcare?” = My thoughts exactly. I sure would like to have an answer to this question . . .

  • Evie

    Oh really? But I thought wealth was being transferred to the kids? I do not get free breakfast,lunch and dinner. obama care is not working? I bet the parents are too lazy to apply? So where is the money really being squandered? I see ads to help kids all the time. Must be going to all the union schoolteachers. Corporations are desperate for welfare to start their charter schools. Certain members of the elite think it is ok to push americans into poverty if the raise people up from the third world.

  • Evie

    Whoever said less kids are coming here wrong. A lot of illegals do not listen to the news and come for welfare. Kids are coming here alone from othr countries. The parents think if the kids settle in they will be able to sue latter. I think the states,are happy they can drug the kids for more federal handouts. Nice investment for us feed,cloth and educate people too lazy to learn englsh,give them free college nd we should be happy to sacrifice for this. So many here are forced on,welfare as they cannot afford to work for this.

  • http://www.survivalboards.com/ Kevin

    Is it just me, or has the U.S. been in a state of deterioration over the last 2 decades? When Bill Clinton signed NAFTA, the public was told free trade would destroy this great nation. It seems to me that conditions for the middle class is getting worse and worse. Before long, the middle class will be dead, and all that will remain will be the poor and the rich.

    Desperate times call for desperate measures. When people reach the end of their rope, they will do whatever it takes to survive. I think we are reaching a point where millions of U.S. citizens have been put in a desperate situation.

  • http://mothertheresafoundationinc.clix.com.ph/ Bettina Cardwell

    I will share this article but first I want to share my insights about poverty. Everything will turn to normal in the sense if all people will participate and cooperate in every activity an organization will offer. People must be more flexible on the jobs they have. There still time to make a difference if we strive for success and minimize the chances of luck.

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