the paradox of american poverty
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|Sat, 09-18-2010 - 2:01pm|
According to the US Census Bureau report released this week, the number of Americans living in poverty has jumped to 43.6 million, or one in seven Americans. It is the highest single-year increase since the government began tracking poverty levels in 1959, five years before President Lyndon Johnson launched his war on poverty; and the indications are that the trend is continuing this year.
Yet, there is no talk of an all-out war or even a euphemistic Operation New Dawn to tackle the most pressing issue for ordinary Americans – their economic security. In fact, in a strange paradox, the party that is accused of doing too little to combat the crisis is poised to suffer heavy defeats in the upcoming mid-term elections by the party accused of doing nothing at all.
I just hope that when it comes to making a decision in November about who will be in charge of our economic futures, we choose leaders who at least try to address the dire straits facing ordinary Americans, rather than those who cultivate short memories about how deficits grew and hold firm to policies that benefit only the few.