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One in Three Americans Are Now Poor, Sapping Our Nation's Social, Economic, and Moral Strength

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The flood of poor people in this Land of Plenty is being swollen by turbulent economic waters sweeping millions of Americans downstream from the middle class.

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Arielle S (313)
Tuesday June 11, 2013, 6:54 am
Unlike the manufactured "fiscal cliff" hysteria that continues to consume Washington politicos and pundits, the present pace of poverty really is dragging down our economy and our nation's potential for greatness. Equally important, it's dangerously stripping away the people's egalitarian belief that we're all in this together, that everyone is given a fair shot at a good life.

So where is the anti-poverty agenda? What do our stalwart solons propose to do about this genuine economic, social, democratic, and spiritual crisis that confronts us? "Nothing," snap Republican leaders, who simply blame the poor, claiming they lack initiative and family morals. Democrats care, but they're mostly playing defense, trying to swat down the meanest efforts to hurt the poor. They also oppose (though sometimes half-heartedly) more cuts to the tattered safety net that's supposed to catch those who fall between the cracks.

But society's moral imperative to extend a helping hand to "the least" among us, in Jesus' New Testament term, cannot be fulfilled merely with balm, food, and clothing. Rather, our major focus ought to be on the cracks themselves. A populist perception: People fall between the cracks because there are cracks.

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Kit B (276)
Tuesday June 11, 2013, 8:06 am

We tend to make the mistake of thinking of poverty as some remote thing that happens only to those in cities and only because they are lazy and make the choice to not work. That is far from the truth. Jim Hightower as expected presents a wonderful educational piece about the growing problem of real poverty in the Unites States. That problem does have to do with choices, a complete lack of choices. This is not your grandmother's America, this is the hellish nightmare of the Austerity America and it's very dangerous for the growth and possible future of this country.

The more we allow ourselves to fall victim to the rally cries of the right for more cuts the more we are feeding the death of the America we call "the best country in world".

Suzanne B (246)
Tuesday June 11, 2013, 9:05 am
thanks for sharing!

Ben O (171)
Tuesday June 11, 2013, 9:42 am
Living "The American Dream"...???

Arielle S (313)
Tuesday June 11, 2013, 9:54 am
You're so right, Kit - the general feeling where I live is that anyone who needs assistance is a) usually black -
b) on drugs and c) just plain lazy. I fear most Americans have NO clue how easy it would be to become one of the illness, a job loss, an accident, a major disaster. There but for the grace of God.....

JL A (281)
Tuesday June 11, 2013, 9:18 pm
The majority of aid recipients are white and many have jobs--like at WalMart. Thanks for helping dispell the nyths Arielle.

Anne P (174)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 5:48 am
Appalling. And meanwhile our congressional representatives vote to cut SNAP and other programs that help the working poor, children, the elderly, veterans and the disabled. As George Carlin so famously warned, THEY DON'T GIVE A DAMN ABOUT YOU. Our country is truly going down the toilet.

Nancy M (197)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 6:03 am
I don't know why people will defend this or deny this.

Our American dream is gone. We are only as good as those at the bottom. (Not the top).

Thanks for forwarding these stories Kit. And thank you Arielle for posting.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 6:17 am

Gloria picchetti (304)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 7:49 am
That's the way the rich want it.

Mitchell D (87)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 9:50 am
Yes, and there are cracks because the corporate greed has found a way to get beyond profit to unadulterated greed.
There is a new book I suggest people read: "Capitalism Hits the Fan," by Richard Wolff. then there is my old standby;"Democracy for the Few," by Michael Parenti.

Angelika R (143)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 9:52 am
Thanks Arielle for another heartbreak truth telling article, I am afraid there will be more and more of such in the future. And I sure hope your post will not be visited by those usually fast to claim "personal choices" as reason for this misery. It is painful to just think what has become of this once great nation whose leaders decided to become a corporate puppet-on-the-string..

Elle B (84)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 12:58 pm
This has been more than obvious for decades. . .it is done in plain sight. . .

Jo S (619)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 1:00 pm
Ditto Arielle, Kit and Angelika.
Noted & shared.
Very sad!

Birgit W (160)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 1:22 pm
Noted, thanks.

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 1:35 pm
Thank you! (s, n, p, t)

Lynne Buckley (0)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 1:42 pm
Very sad.

Diane K (134)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 3:28 pm
The war was very costly to the U.S., but it seems that we were very generous with the cost of it. Too bad that poverty doesn't seem to be as important, when it comes to generosity from the government. The military gave away excess supplies & whatever else they had in abundance of overseas, so I guess they didn't think about cutting back on the cost of their material stuff, either. No wonder the war cost the U.S. billions. Money the poor shouldn't be punished for. thanks

Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 3:29 pm
Feudalism and fascism coming here soon.

Theodore Shayne (56)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 4:25 pm
What did I say not so long ago? I said the debt when added up correctly amounted to 143 trillion dollars and growing and that the unemployment ratio was 27% or greater. I guess far off but it certainly gives me no joy or satisfaction when so many people are suffering so needlessly and our leaders being the puppets that they are sit by and claim they are doing everything they can.

Katie K (70)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 6:19 pm
I say we need to replace out leaders. But the struggle there is these same people choose who is put up for election and in most instances the monsters like being in the shadows and use others to do their evil self-centered bidding. It's like kings rewarding only those that entertain them or posses something they desire.

greenplanet e (155)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 7:02 pm
The very rich might be "sapping moral strength".

Ravenna C (20)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 8:03 pm
And yet Billions of our tax Dollars are spent on "Black Ops" projects to spy on our own people. But the Government cries that we don't have the resources to feed our people and provide education and healthcare for our people. Bull****!
We need a redistribution of the "wealth" and our own "American Spring"!

Theresa D (1)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 8:09 pm
We all are becoming poorer and poorer every day.

Hartson Doak (39)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 8:52 pm
Injustice, greed, averous, obscene consumerism, buying into the lie of needing the next best thing, all lead to debt burdens that eventually catch up with you. This then leads to suffering the station poverty. We can not follow the lead that the Government has set, or follow George W.'s advice of buying the economy back into health. We have to do our own austerity and buy only what we need. Wait till we have saved the money before buying it. This might set us as individuals on the path to being comfortable in our own cottage. Never mind what the neighbors have.

Patricia N (9)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 2:00 am
Sure seems like there is an agenda out there. Maybe they want lots of people so poor that they have to work for a few dollars a day like so many people in the world. Too bad so many people do not realize that a lot of people who use food stamps and food banks have jobs. Problem is the rents are so high that a majority of their low pay goes for rent and not much left for food.

Past Member (0)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 4:22 am
It's a global problem and so attention is in needed

Connie O (44)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 9:17 am
Sadly noted

Connie O (44)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 9:20 am
You cannot currently send a star to JL because you have done so within the last day

Past Member (0)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 6:49 pm
Whatever happened to the American dream?? Thanks Arielle

Sheryl G (360)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 7:25 pm
Right-wing governors in Wisconsin, Ohio, Maine, Florida, Indiana, Arizona, Texas, and elsewhere have gleefully embraced the austerity flimflam, using it as a cudgel not only to bust unionized janitors, but also to crush all public employee unions and eliminate hundreds of thousands of good jobs.

I can vouch for that statement living here in Florida.

So where is the anti-poverty agenda? This is what Cornell West has been asking. The last several Presidential debates the poor have been left in the dust. No National plan, and today, if there is a plan at all for the poor it is to make matter worse for them.

I really wish that some people who need to read this, like D.O., for it may give them a little more insight as to what the rest of us have been talking about.

Marilyn K (50)
Friday June 14, 2013, 6:22 am
I cannot say it is wrong to do. Most people live on their credit cards. Buy what you want or need and it only costs a few bucks a month (so you think).

Arielle S (313)
Friday June 14, 2013, 7:24 am
Could we be any more disgusted with our obstructionist, do-nothing Congress? And now after cutting food stamps, meals on wheels, or for that matter anything and everything that helps the average person, they want $638 Billion for the Pentagon?

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 2:52 pm
well governments really like people poor although they dont tell you that Its easier to control populations that are poor Not so easy to control the rich they have more power The poor are so busy working out how they will eat the next week that most of the time they dont take much notice what the government is doing or up to and become apathetic about it all Governments are clever There is enough food in the world to feed everyone so they tell us so why are they not doing it and making it so difficult for everyone

noted thanks

Melania Padilla (122)
Thursday June 20, 2013, 11:16 am
Stop having kids! Sometimes people seem to have kids because it is "a must", or biologically normal, or one of your life mission, it is not like that!!! With the natural resources being pushed to the maximum and the current human overpopulation we cannot afford to have a bunch of kids!!!
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