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More Than 1 In 5 American Children Are Now Living Below The Poverty Line

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Perhaps the greatest victims of the economic nightmare that is unfolding right in front of our eyes are our children.  The overall economic numbers are really bad, but when you examine the impact that this economy is having on children things get really horrifying.  Today, 1 in 5 American children live in poverty and 1 in 4 American children are on food stamps.  Experts tell us that about 50 percent of all U.S. children will be on food stamps at some point before they reach the age of 18.  Up to half a million American children are homeless even as you read this.  And yet we continue to insist that we are the wealthiest nation in the world.  Well, if we are so wealthy, then why are so many millions of our children suffering so desperately? 

Part of the reason is because an increasing number of parents can’t find work.  According to a U.S. Labor Department report, the average duration of unemployment in the United States hit 34.4 weeks in May, which was a big increase from 33 weeks during April.  To give you some perspective how incredibly bad that is, the average duration of unemployment was only 16.5 weeks in December 2007.

The truth is that when U.S. workers lose their jobs they are finding it exceedingly difficult to find new ones.

In fact, 45.9% of those currently unemployed in America have been out of work longer than six months.  That is the highest percentage since the Labor Department began keeping track of this statistic back in 1948.

So is there much hope that things will turn around soon?

No, not really.

In fact, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke says that unemployment is likely to remain “high for a while”.

That means a lot of children are going to continue to suffer.

According to one shocking new study, 21 percent of all children in the United States are living below the poverty line in 2010. 

That means that more than 1 in 5 American children are now living in poverty.

That is a national disgrace.

Not only that, but the same report estimates that up to 500,000 children may currently be homeless in the United States.

Perhaps we should all think about that while we are enjoying our nice dinners tonight.

But most of us don’t think that it is our job to do anything about it.  Most of us have been trained that it is the job of the government to fix people’s problems.

We have created a monolithic welfare state and record numbers of Americans are now dependent on it.

In fact, for the first time ever, more than 40 million Americans are on food stamps.

40.2 million Americans received food stamps in March, which was a whopping 21 percent increase from a year earlier.

But it is bad enough that 1 out of every 8 Americans is on food stamps.  What is far more tragic is that one out of every four U.S. children is now on food stamps.  In fact, as mentioned previously, experts tell us that half of all U.S. children will be on food stamps at some point before they turn 18.

So is anyone still not convinced that the U.S. economic system is broken?

So who is doing well these days?

The wealthy.

In 2009, the number of millionaires in the United States rose 16 percent to 7.8 million.

Wall Street bonuses for 2009 were up 17 percent when compared with 2008.

The rich are getting richer as the poor are getting poorer.  According to the United Nations, the United States has the highest level of income inequality of all of the highly industrialized nations.

The poor are left with an increasingly smaller slice of the pie to divide among themselves.  In fact, those in the bottom 40 percent now collectively own less than 1 percent of the nation’s wealth.

But the truth is that as the U.S. economy continues to fall apart, we are all going to experience some very difficult times.

In particular, when the U.S. economy finally completely implodes, it is those who are almost entirely dependent on the “system” that will suffer the most pain.  The vast majority of Americans live month to month, don’t grow any of their own food and could only last a couple of weeks on the food that they currently have in their homes.  So what will happen to those people when the system fails?

And in case you think that this kind of talk is fearmongering, perhaps you should start listening to what some of the top financial analysts around the world are saying. 

For example, Anthony Fry, the senior managing director at Evercore Partners, recently told CNBC that things are getting so bad out there that he is “considering investing in barbed wire and guns”.

Yes, things are really getting that bad.

Years ago the old timers would warn us that someday we would see Americans standing in bread lines.

Well, today food stamps are the new bread lines, and 40 million Americans a month find themselves dependent on the U.S. government for the food that they need to survive.

If that doesn’t send a chill down your spine perhaps you should check your pulse.

When a government has to feed 40 million people a month that means that the system is badly broken.

How many tens of millions of people have to be on food stamps before we can all agree that we are in a complete and total economic nightmare?

If you know of family or friends that are hurting, please consider helping them out.  The truth is that in the end we are all in this together.  The government is not going to save us.  The collapsing U.S. economy is not going to save us.  But if we all roll up our sleeves and work together perhaps we can make it through the difficult years that are coming.

  • Concerned Reader

    A few weeks ago I was a t a local thrift store and I saw a man outside the building asking for food, or money to but it with. I noticed on my way into the store that he asked a middle aged man to help him and his kids out because there was no workd and the middle aged man said “Why don’t you get a job? That is why I went and joined and the navy so that I could afford to feed myself and my kids! I am not giving you a damn thing!” The gentleman asking for money politely responded, “Sorry to bother you, sir.”

    After finishing my shopping I walked out of the store and the man asking for money c asked me if I had anything to spare for him to get some food for him and his family. The situation tugged at my heart and I ended up buying him two cans of Vienna sausages, one can of slice ham and a two-liter of root bear. I did not have to help the man, but the previous guys remarks and the economic situation kind of pushed me towards helping him.

    The main reason why I helped is because a large portion of this country can afford to dine at all you can eat buffets every day of the week while everyone else scavenges for food. I am not a socialist, but if we have large numbers of hungry people in America, our image is on the line because this is something you would expect from a third world country.

    I worked for Krogers and have eaten at such places as Golden Carrol and the amount of food that these places waste is staggering. You could feed the 40 million plus peolple on food stamps with all the half eaten food that most Americans waste at these buffets. It is a sobbering situation.

    Laslty, mind that I did not call the man asking for money a bum, panhandler, free loader, or scemer because he is a fellow countrymen that is down on his luck and if current trends continue, we will all be by his side asking for hand outs ouselves.

  • de malfosse

    “So who is doing well these days?”

    An anecdote:

    A close friend was recently invited into the home of Mr. & Mrs. NCOs, for the purpose of submitting a bid to remodel one of the bathrooms in their home.

    He told me these two NCOs were worried about their ability to “get by” in the future since together they were only pulling in $125,000 a year.

  • bob

    Heres a thought; over 25% of children dont graduate from highschool. Lots of them cant read or write worth a ###. Nor can they add or subtract correctly. So, based on that, and the numbers are getting worse, thats going to be a lot of people on food stamps, medicaid and etc. Guess what, those people are having kids and its a revolving door. Its going to get very ugly out there, and very soon. At least when we had hippie communes, they tried to live off the land and do something good with their lives. These ingrates want us to support them with govt. help, well, help your self and get educated and get to work like the rest of us do!

  • Something Wicked This Way Comes

    One of the great secrets that many of us have noticed but that nobody is really addressing- reduced salaries. With hordes of unemployed, employers are offering bottom of the barrel salaries. Pathetic actually. And although some folks are so desperate that they jump at this, many of the unemployed simply pass. Undoubtedly this is contributing to the problem. I was offered a job for 8.25 an hr. I laughed. I made that chump change 30 years ago throwing freight and I’m not about to accept that in exchange for 40 hours of my life per week. But that is what is happening.

    So while there may be some job creation, the quality and salary of those jobs is certainly down as employers take the best and the brightest and offer crumbs for their services.

    The greedy- pillage the village and the exploitation of the sheep is ON. Salaries are non negotiable and going down. In my 50 years, this is the worst I have ever seen it. Thankfully, my sharecropping days are over and I have the ability to say adios…

    The measure of any great civilization is how well they take care of their poor. On that front, like so many others, we are approaching “epic fail.”

  • MrPotato

    what a bunch of commie crap, it’s not all “the wealthy”‘s fault, yes there are corrupt bankers and politicians etc, but there are also alot of other hard working ppl who’s gotten wealthy.
    the main problem here is not jobs etc, the problem is overpopulation, raising a child is extremely expensive no matter how much the state steals from “the rich” they need to reduce the amount of babies ppl have, then AFTER they’ve done that then there will be more money for less babies and then we can attempt so that every baby (no matter rich or poor) gets a good childhood, but if babies keep popping out everywhere there’s not money enough in the world to handle it,

    if criminals were to be sentanced with a infertility-shot we would reduce the amount of new babies.

  • Save the Republic


    You sound condescending and arrogant. I hope you can maintain that same attitude when it is you that cannot find adequate work, or adequate wages. I haven’t heard the statistic that over 25% don’t graduate high school before. Can you reference who compiled that statistic? You should check out the other article on this blog about students graduating from college, only to deliver pizzas and bus/wait tables. Getting educated does not guarantee employment, especially in a country that has allowed illegal immigrants to pour in and undercut wages, or sent jobs to other countries in lieu of paying a decent wage and benefits to an American citizen.

  • Matt

    There are jobs available. Problem is the unemployed don’t want to go thru the hassle of getting those available, or its ‘beneath’ them, doesn’t pay enuf, etc. They make excuses for not working. If I lost my job today I’d be working 2 jobs in its place within a month. Problem with the unemployed is they are mostly a bunch of spoiled, whiney wusses that feel they are entitled to people handing them stuff without earning it just because they exist. Stop yer whining and get off yer lazy asses and work hard. Then vote for people who are not part of The Establishment. Get out of debt. Throw away your credit cards. Live on cash only. Make your own life better yourself – don’t sit on your ass waiting for someone else to do it for you.

  • roadrunner

    There is an element of truth in what Bob said. I worked for almost 33 years and am now retired. In the so called “best of times”, in the 80’s and 90’s,up to the first 5 years of the 2000’s, the same kind of people were on WIC,SSI, ADC, food stamps,State General Assistance, ect,ect. They NEVER looked for a job,or got one… THEN… and they will not look/find one now. These folks are like the Russian state peasants of the Czarist days. People owned and fead by the Russian State. (thats why they were called peasants) They (Royal/Nobility) of Russia maintained these ppl for their labor in the lord’s fields. The same principal applies to “our” state peasants, the welfare class. These kind of state peasants are maintained NOT for their labor, as they are to lazy to begin with, but for their votes. This does NOT apply to some of the people on welfare today due to the economic situation, 40 million on food stamps, I guesstimate that 2/3’s are traditional gimmie gimmies’ and 1/3 are out of work workers. How long can this continue?

  • Matt

    MrPotato, if overpopulation is a problem in your mind then why don’t you volunteer to start fixing the problem starting with yourself? Or are you expecting it be ‘someone else’? That’s the way it is with people these days – they want someone else to fix the problem – someone else to fund their unemployment benefits – someone else to pay for their health care and their prescriptions. No sir – the real problem in this country is people are unwilling to take on problems themselves – are too fat and lazy and too easily sluff off the blame on anyone and everyone but themselves and sit around all day and make sorry-ass excuses for their own miserable conditions. Instead, stop whining, make no excuses, work hard, work 2 jobs if you have to, and help take care of those truly in need of help.

  • laura

    People that breed kids and can’t feed ’em (school lunches for low income, food stamps, etc)are sorry losers..low cost or free sterilization programs have existed thru planned parenthood, etc. for decades. I chose not to breed in l974 and P.P. sent me to a Dr. and I paid very little out of pocket. Kids cost lots of money and they seldom take care of old parents in this day and age. Don’t breed ’em if ya can’t feed ’em folks. Birth control can doesn’t.

  • Connie

    I try to help anyone I can even if it means a hard time for me…My husbands sister just got her hours cut from 5 days to 3 she has a morgage and is selling her collectibles. Yes I will help! I will even give money to the guy who drinks to much and lost everything…we don’t have time or the right to judge we could be next. When you get down on your luck you need someone to give you hope and some food or money just might do the trick.

  • lostinmissouri

    Ever wonder how America got so great before we had unemployment checks, food stamps, housing allowances, free clinics, and every other government entitlement there is? Ever wonder why before all that stuff, 40% of the population had a much bigger piece of the pie? Ever wonder why before all that stuff, husbands went to work and wifes stayed home with the children? Ever wonder why public schools worked back then and not now?

    Wonder why one of the “biggest lies” is ” I am from the government and here to “help” you?

    Me too, just wondering.

  • lostinmissouri

    Obviously, we have lost the war on poverty.
    Why are we still fighting it the same way as which we lost it?
    A much smaller % of population was below poverty before we started the war on poverty…just saying


  • JLouise

    Thank you to the gentleman who helped out the man outside the grocery store who was asking for money to feed his kids. We are in a DEPRESSION and it’s not getting any better. Wake up, people.

  • sharonsj

    Just because there are always some people who will take advantage of the system doesn’t mean we aren’t in a lot of trouble now. My blue-collar friends can’t find jobs. Now my white-collar friends can’t earn enough to pay their bills.

    It’s not overpopulation, it’s that (1) there aren’t enough jobs to go around, (2) wages are either flat or going down, (3) companies don’t want to pay anything toward benefits, vacations, health care, (4) companies can get tax breaks if they leave the country or outsource, (5) companies can hire illegals for less money and illegals are to afraid to complain about working conditions.

    I could keep going with this list with even more reasons why things are in the toilet. But the biggest problem is that Congress is beholden to large corporations. And now that the voting machines and the election officials are screwing us, politicians don’t even have to pretend they care about the average citizen.

  • Rebootd

    Vitriolic judgment of your fellow man… or more likely woman, goes nowhere. It says more about you and your prejudices than it does about her. The reason one in five children is below the poverty line? It is because this country leaves behind its single mothers, and has been doing so for decades. In my sixty years I have NEVER met a single mother that “took advantage” of the system – do you know why that is? It is because there is nothing to take advantage of. Because the entire ridiculous system is stacked against her from the start, and idiots who post their ignorant assumptions in the Internet only serve to perpetuate her and her children’s suffering. For those of you who think there is money in claiming poverty, I challenge you to try it. Spend a day in her shoes and do it honestly. You would be, and should be, ashamed of yourselves afterward.
    Bob, since you seem unable to comprehend, amazingly enough, babies don’t just “pop out” on their own. It actually takes two to make one.
    Laura, you must be happy you never made the mistake of trusting someone not to divorce you while your kids were young. Or hey, how about you check out the child support enforcement statistics? Now, how about you lay off the poisonous judgment of women who are struggling to raise their children in this impossible situation? You people are so busy condemning people for making “mistakes” – are you so worried that you might not be perfect yourselves?

  • Barry

    A planned and well engineered economic collapse is underway. By the end of 2010 we’ll be in a full blown “Mother of ALL Depressions”. The catastrophies facing the US will keep becoming bigger and unprecedented. GOD is punishing America for its sins. The days of Empire are coming to an end..the party is over now!

  • A possible solution to the world’s problems.

    The term and meaning of a Resource-Based Economy was originated by Jacque Fresco. It is a system in which all goods and services are available without the use of money, credits, barter or any other system of debt or servitude. All resources become the common heritage of all of the inhabitants, not just a select few. The premise upon which this system is based is that the Earth is abundant with plentiful resource; our practice of rationing resources through monetary methods is irrelevant and counter productive to our survival.

    Modern society has access to highly advanced technology and can make available food, clothing, housing and medical care; update our educational system; and develop a limitless supply of renewable, non-contaminating energy. By supplying an efficiently designed economy, everyone can enjoy a very high standard of living with all of the amenities of a high technological society.

    A resource-based economy would utilize existing resources from the land and sea, physical equipment, industrial plants, etc. to enhance the lives of the total population. In an economy based on resources rather than money, we could easily produce all of the necessities of life and provide a high standard of living for all.

    Consider the following examples: At the beginning of World War II the US had a mere 600 or so first-class fighting aircraft. We rapidly overcame this short supply by turning out more than 90,000 planes a year. The question at the start of World War II was: Do we have enough funds to produce the required implements of war? The answer was No, we did not have enough money, nor did we have enough gold; but we did have more than enough resources. It was the available resources that enabled the US to achieve the high production and efficiency required to win the war. Unfortunately this is only considered in times of war.

    In a resource-based economy all of the world’s resources are held as the common heritage of all of Earth’s people, thus eventually outgrowing the need for the artificial boundaries that separate people. This is the unifying imperative.

    We must emphasize that this approach to global governance has nothing whatever in common with the present aims of an elite to form a world government with themselves and large corporations at the helm, and the vast majority of the world’s population subservient to them. Our vision of globalization empowers each and every person on the planet to be the best they can be, not to live in abject subjugation to a corporate governing body.

    Our proposals would not only add to the well being of people, but they would also provide the necessary information that would enable them to participate in any area of their competence. The measure of success would be based on the fulfillment of one’s individual pursuits rather than the acquisition of wealth, property and power.

    At present, we have enough material resources to provide a very high standard of living for all of Earth’s inhabitants. Only when population exceeds the carrying capacity of the land do many problems such as greed, crime and violence emerge. By overcoming scarcity, most of the crimes and even the prisons of today’s society would no longer be necessary.

    A resource-based economy would make it possible to use technology to overcome scarce resources by applying renewable sources of energy, computerizing and automating manufacturing and inventory, designing safe energy-efficient cities and advanced transportation systems, providing universal health care and more relevant education, and most of all by generating a new incentive system based on human and environmental concern.

    Many people believe that there is too much technology in the world today, and that technology is the major cause of our environmental pollution. This is not the case. It is the abuse and misuse of technology that should be our major concern. In a more humane civilization, instead of machines displacing people they would shorten the workday, increase the availability of goods and services, and lengthen vacation time. If we utilize new technology to raise the standard of living for all people, then the infusion of machine technology would no longer be a threat.

    A resource-based world economy would also involve all-out efforts to develop new, clean, and renewable sources of energy: geothermal; controlled fusion; solar; photovoltaic; wind, wave, and tidal power; and even fuel from the oceans. We would eventually be able to have energy in unlimited quantity that could propel civilization for thousands of years. A resource-based economy must also be committed to the redesign of our cities, transportation systems, and industrial plants, allowing them to be energy efficient, clean, and conveniently serve the needs of all people.

    What else would a resource-based economy mean? Technology intelligently and efficiently applied, conserves energy, reduces waste, and provides more leisure time. With automated inventory on a global scale, we can maintain a balance between production and distribution. Only nutritious and healthy food would be available and planned obsolescence would be unnecessary and non-existent in a resource-based economy.

    As we outgrow the need for professions based on the monetary system, for instance lawyers, bankers, insurance agents, marketing and advertising personnel, salespersons, and stockbrokers, a considerable amount of waste will be eliminated. Considerable amounts of energy would also be saved by eliminating the duplication of competitive products such as tools, eating utensils, pots, pans and vacuum cleaners. Choice is good. But instead of hundreds of different manufacturing plants and all the paperwork and personnel required to turn out similar products, only a few of the highest quality would be needed to serve the entire population. Our only shortage is the lack of creative thought and intelligence in ourselves and our elected leaders to solve these problems. The most valuable, untapped resource today is human ingenuity.

    With the elimination of debt, the fear of losing one’s job will no longer be a threat This assurance, combined with education on how to relate to one another in a much more meaningful way, could considerably reduce both mental and physical stress and leave us free to explore and develop our abilities.

    If the thought of eliminating money still troubles you, consider this: If a group of people with gold, diamonds and money were stranded on an island that had no resources such as food, clean air and water, their wealth would be irrelevant to their survival. It is only when resources are scarce that money can be used to control their distribution. One could not, for example, sell the air we breathe or water abundantly flowing down from a mountain stream. Although air and water are valuable, in abundance they cannot be sold.

    Money is only important in a society when certain resources for survival must be rationed and the people accept money as an exchange medium for the scarce resources. Money is a social convention, an agreement if you will. It is neither a natural resource nor does it represent one. It is not necessary for survival unless we have been conditioned to accept it as such.

  • Would love to see people start cutting back on expenses, starting side businesses to generate income, and move to areas outside cities.

  • Given the twisted nature of “Lies, Damn lies and Statistics”, truth is that America has been living hell for well nigh 50% of it’s population for a long time now.

    “Food” stamps. What is this food you get from them anyways? Chemical packed preserved food? Sprayed and irridiated food? rGBH’ed milk? Cruelly slaughtered, farmed meat? Sorry folks, truth it is a terrible life you are saying good bye to, tough as it is for all of us to see, be and behold. Really sad. Wonderful people, undone.
    For an alternative view, please visit

    Best of luck

  • kees

    He, you Americans, you better start to get better in regard to your education. Heard the story of a Dutch young man.Was put in grade 12 after coming over from Holland. He was bored sick as he thought it was grade 8. Other stories you get is,that Americans can’t get in universities in Europe as their level of education is way to low. Young students after leaving school speak 3 or 4 languages. Dutch, English, German, or France. You Americans have to be aware that the world will leave you behind in science en commerce. Look at the Chinese and the Indians they study their but off in order not to disappoint their parents and keep the family honor. All you Americans are fighting wit your teachers and students.You guy’s are the only nation in the world that are having 800 bases.For what?? Close them down and spent it on EDUCATION!!

  • Prop Joe

    I am truly disappointed at the angry attitude many are directed at the unemployed and homeless.

    As this blog has covered, the bottom 50% of the country holds a mere 1% share of wealth. Meditate on that for a moment. And then consider that over a third is held by less than 1% of the population.

    It is not the social safety net that is the culprit per se; sure it did lull people into thinking that the government would always be there to bail them out.

    However the true problem is the unbelievable consolidation of wealth, corporate power, and the undeniable merger of big business and government.

    As executives are scheming new ways to pad their bonuses, like dehumanizing Chinese slaves as in the case of the ultra compenstated twit Steve Jobs, there are simply fewer and fewer opportunties for jobs.

    Some say, well then start a business you lazy #&$ ! Okay, sure, that only takes about $25,000 bare minimum (really more like $75,000 for any glimmer of hope) plus some way to pay basic expenses of food, rent, and water.

    Sure, I guess some tough guys can take the position that those of us struggling should join the military (ie become economic conscripts) and fight endless wars for deluded maniacs while chancing being experimented on like the Gulf War I vets. But even if people take you up on this offer (many do), this does not solve the problem of systemic joblessness in America. Somehow, the soldier has to be paid, have his weapon provided, and truck fueled.

    At the end of the day, someone has to pay for all those things in taxes. If Americans are working 10 bucks an hour, I have news for you: cheese gonna gets eated up real fast yo.

    Now with this catestrophic oil spill (and deafening silence from the phoney environmental groups), the Gulf region is an economic wasteland. Tourism and fishing are dead industries for this area, so we are now facing a potential for a massive Detroit on the Gulf Coast.

    We need to trust in God first. Economically, we need to make stuff here again. But don’t wait for Congress to act any time soon, they’re investigating vital things like a candidate being offered a political job and steriods in MLB.

  • Peter McPherson

    I live in Canada and, thanks be to God, things are much better here. We simply haven’t suffered as much from the economic downturn, have a good social ‘safety net’, and simply don’t have to worry about unexpected medical expenses bankrupting us. Let’s hope that continues!

    That said, it is both terrifying and immensely saddening to see a great neighbour slowly imploding on our doorstep.

    For what its worth, I think that Americans (and Canadians and the British, for that matter) need to get their priorities right before anything else can get put right.

    PRIORITY # 1: Get back to God (that’s right, the God who abundantly blessed your forefathers): “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” – 2 Chronicles 7:14 (KJ)

    PRIORITY # 2: Begin to practically love and care for each other; as has been already said here, You’re all in this together.

    PRIORITY # 3: Rise up en masse and peacefully demand that the billions now being wasted on overseas ‘pipeline wars’ and the phony ‘War on Terror’ be used instead to help rebuild America.

    PRIORITY # 4: Rediscover the individual courage, integrity, independence, resilience and self-reliance that made America great in the past – and that can do so again!

  • Kathy

    God help us all! The empire has to collapse-it is inevitable because we forgot what this precious life is really about it. It’s not about having the most and the best. It is about the heart-love, compassion, integrity and all those decent human virtues we have forgotten and replaced with greed, lust, selfishness and so on.

    The collapse will bring us together again (the world) and make us remember why we are here.

    They say that right now there are 2 girls being born to every boy-not too surprising as this world needs a lot more feminine energy. it is men who are waging wars, molesting children (priests, boy scout leaders, etc. etc.)addicted to porn, inflict domestic violence on their partners, murdering their families and children. What in the hell is going on with men?

    Light will win if we all get back to our hearts. If we continue our selfish and self-righteous ways there is no hope.

    The old saying “walk a mile in my shoes” addresses the judgmental and self-righteous people who are part of the problem and not the solution.

  • Vic Anderson

    This is not unanticipated when about ! set of parents in 5 (20%) Is UNEMPLOYED!

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  • colonelgirdle

    For many years, my wife & I have run a small non-profit charity in Dayton, Ohio. We help the needy with food, clothing,information, etc. Please visit at
    Distressing to see so many (including my wife & myself) who were formerly middle-class reduced to probable permanent poverty.
    As someone who, during the past decade, has experienced downsizing from a job of two decades, living in my car, no health insurance, and bankruptcy of a small business during the economic melt-down, we know firsthand how tough life can be in the so-called “greatest nation on earth.”
    Now, as Congress prepares to throw the long-term unemployed to the wolves, prepare for another economic drop as those unemployed default on their bills.

  • rose

    i’ve been reading some of the responses here. amazing how some people have been duped. wages have been going down over the past decade & more. then, many good paying jobs have been off-shored. manufacturing has been moving out since the 60s. over population? you can comfortably fit the world’s population in the state of texas. education is no guarantee at all. if there are no well-paying jobs to be had, education isn’t going to get you anywhere. i’ve always had work regardless, but have had to take work that paid less just to keep working. (and all of those jobs took aggressive relentless searching.) now i’m making 20% of what i made in 1996. luckily, i speak spanish, & since there has been an over-abundance of latin americans streaming over the border, i have a job. thank god they came not knowing english, otherwise, i’d be up the creek. (just an aside: the illegal immigration isn’t just coming from latin america, but also from russia, czech republic, africa, & elsewhere. i know this because of the work i do.) this crisis won’t end until the entire face of the planet has been reorganized. the population will be culled since less of us are needed. if you want to get of view of the future, crack a book: brave new world revisited, 1984, the impact of science on society, agenda 21, millenium, the technological society, plato’s republic. everything happens for a reason. call it social engineering.

  • Virginia P.

    Stock up and Survive in America!
    Stock up on bottle water now! Keep in Large Coolers with wheels!
    Stock up Super Large Bags of Rice and Dry Beans keep in Super Large Coolers !
    Stock up with Large Bags of Charcoal keep in Large Garden Wagon with wheels.
    Stock up on Winter Blankets, Quilts.
    Stock up with matches, lighers. Portable Cooking Grills!
    Stock up with Emergency Medical items. First Aid Kits.
    Stock up on Santitary Pads, Toilet Paper!
    Keep in Travel Luggage on Wheels.
    Stock up on Camper Tents.
    Stock up on Garden Tools, Stock on Bags of Garden Soil, can grow vegetables in the bags,just need bottles of water. Cut square in center of bag, sow seeds and grow tomates, beans.
    Stock up on Cans of Fish,
    Stock up on Can Foods keep in Super Mega Large Cooler with wheels.
    Stock up on Soaps, and Body Health items. Keep in Travel Luggage with wheels.
    Make an old Fashion wooden Wagon with wheels
    with a place to sleep and keep food under the wagon.
    Stock up on Foods, you can not eat bullets or guns. A gun is just a useless tool without bullets, and bullets do run out. Stock up on all Food items that last for years, rice, dry beans,check out food web sites.
    Stock up and live, Prepare and live, plan to survive and you will !

  • Flyer1

    The problem is greed. Seek out a less greedy society and move there.

  • AJ

    I’m skeptical of a lot of these statistics. By the McKinney-Vento Act’s definition of a “homeless” child or youth, my 16-year old nephew is “homeless” because he’s “sharing the housing of other persons due to . . . economic hardship.” The “other person” would be me in my $400,000 suburban home-with-a-view, and he’s been living here for more than three years, eats like a horse, attends private school, belongs to a gym, buys new shoes just about every month, has more electronic gadgets than I can list, and grudgingly will do an hour’s worth of yardwork every couple of weeks if I nag him for two hours. (I provide the shelter and food, his parents, who “can’t afford” to house and feed him, shower him with the rest and won’t allow the cut-off of privileges for failing to do his chores or show any responsibility.) The taste of true homelessness he’s going to get starting the day after his eighteenth birthday will do him a world of good. Then, since he’s basically a good if spoiled kid, he’ll make the connection between work and money, and pull himself out of poverty over the course of a few years, just as his older sisters did. That’s if government busy-bodies don’t interfere too much by “helping” him.

    I’m sure there are some children who are homeless by a meaningful definition of homeless, but a half-million? Baloney!

  • Dear Sir,

    I am not American. But i think America is a wonderful country with a lot to offer. I am very disheartened that there are so many American children who are homeless, abused, neglected, without schooling and unfortunately Americans, particularly the rich spend time and resources helping others first.

    Please spend your money at home, in your own country. Help the children in your country. They are worth it.

  • CJN

    My little brother from the Big Brother Big Sister Foundation lives in a situation that, in my opinion, could be regarded as homeless. There may be a roof over his head but without help from my family, he would lack the basic necessities in life. I am not saying that to pat myself on the back in any way, just to paint a picture of his home environment. He was recently accepted to one of the top high schools in our state due to his amazing academic achievements but due to his financial situation he will not be able to attend. I am sorry for taking up your blog with this story but if anyone is interested in helping please visit my campaign on IndieGoGo. He deserves this opportunity, as I’m sure many kids do, and I want nothing more than to help him get there.

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