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15 Shocking Facts About Poverty In America
Business Insider ^ | 09/14/2010 | Michael Snyder

Posted on 09/13/2010 7:37:34 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

CLICK ON ABOVE LINK FOR COMPLETE EXPLANATION AND CHARTS

HERE's A SUMMARY :

* 45 million Americans were living in poverty in 2009

* 2009 saw the largest single year increase in the U.S. poverty rate since the U.S. government began calculating poverty figures back in 1959

* The U.S. poverty rate is now the third worst among the developed nations tracked by the OECD

* Household participation in the food stamp program has increased 20.28% since last year

* The number of Americans on food stamps surpassed 41 million for the first time ever in June

* As of June, the number of Americans on food stamps had set a new all-time record for 19 consecutive months

* One out of every six Americans is now being served by at least one government anti-poverty program

* More than 50 million Americans are now on Medicaid, the U.S. government health care program designed principally to help the poor (That's 1 out of 6 Americans)

* One out of every seven mortgages in the United States was either delinquent or in foreclosure during the first quarter of 2010

* Nearly 10 million Americans now receive unemployment insurance, which is almost four times as many as in 2007

* The number of Americans receiving long-term unemployment benefits has risen over 60 percent in just the past year

* 28% of all U.S. households have at least one member that is looking for a full-time job

* Nationwide bankruptcy filings rose 20 percent in the 12 month period ending June 30th

* More than 25 percent of all Americans now have a credit score below 599

* One out of every five children in the United States is now living in poverty

(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: america; bhoeconomy; democratcongress; democrats; economy; facts; fail; hopeychangey; obama; obamadepression; poverty

1 posted on 09/13/2010 7:37:38 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

. . . . and democrats took fiscal control of these policies in January of 2007.


2 posted on 09/13/2010 7:40:34 AM PDT by lonestar67 (I remember when unemployment was 4.7 percent)
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To: SeekAndFind

But didn’t this administration create 3,000,000 jobs? And arent we in recovery? Pesky facts like these are making Dems look like liars ( oopsie).


3 posted on 09/13/2010 7:45:21 AM PDT by marstegreg
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To: SeekAndFind

And yet on virtually every rent-controlled apartment building and many houses in low income neighborhoods you’ll find satellite dishes galore.

If you are truly struggling to find food to eat and pay rent, how can you afford satellite or cable TV?

Oh, and I’ve seen quite a few people living in low income neighborhoods driving nicer cars than I do.


4 posted on 09/13/2010 7:45:27 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (YouTube My Space and I'll Google your Yahoo.)
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To: SeekAndFind

What better way to get control over the population of the U S of A?
They be doin’ an excellent job.


5 posted on 09/13/2010 7:45:41 AM PDT by Flintlock
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To: SeekAndFind

16. America has the fattest poor people in the world.


6 posted on 09/13/2010 7:46:31 AM PDT by Roccus (......and then there were none.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Great post. Thanks for the compilation.


7 posted on 09/13/2010 7:48:13 AM PDT by Marty62 (marty60)
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To: SeekAndFind

IS it because folks are porr, or the FedGov keeps rasing the bar for how much dough you can have and still collect from Uncle SUgar?

Here in Ak, a family of 4 can pull down $48K /yr and still collect a ton of “benefits”.

“Amo el Statesm unido donde incluso está gordo el prople pobre!” Oy!


8 posted on 09/13/2010 7:49:10 AM PDT by ASOC (What are you doing now that Mexico has become OUR Chechnya?)
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To: SeekAndFind

The more government grows to conquer poverty, the worse poverty gets. Big government is the problem.


9 posted on 09/13/2010 7:49:54 AM PDT by pallis
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To: SeekAndFind
2009 saw the largest single year increase in the U.S. poverty rate since the U.S. government began calculating poverty figures back in 1959

Could it be because Obama and his regime redefined the term POVERTY in March, 2010? Google 'obama redefines poverty' and check it out.

This is simply another created crisis to take money from the rich and give it to the 'poor'.

10 posted on 09/13/2010 7:50:05 AM PDT by Bob Buchholz
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To: Bob Buchholz

Wow. Key explanation: Under the Obama system, poverty can be reduced only if the incomes of the “poor” are rising faster than the incomes of everyone else.


11 posted on 09/13/2010 7:53:38 AM PDT by Peter from Rutland
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To: SeekAndFind
Poverty is a meaningless word invented by politicians to justify their ideology. What it mean is a state of affairs where a person or family cannot feed, house and cloth themselves.
12 posted on 09/13/2010 7:54:16 AM PDT by I am Richard Brandon
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To: I am Richard Brandon
Interesting HTML glitch. Please read "what it should mean>
13 posted on 09/13/2010 7:56:05 AM PDT by I am Richard Brandon
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To: reagan_fanatic

Ya gots to have an Iphone and da NFL package!


14 posted on 09/13/2010 7:59:08 AM PDT by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: SeekAndFind

The rats have expandaded the definition of poverty as other posters have noted. The rats are handing out welfare like candy especially during this election cycle. The rat vision is a majority of voters receiving government benefits who will vote themselves the property of a small minority. This vision will doom the country to economic malaise and possibly collapse.


15 posted on 09/13/2010 8:01:01 AM PDT by businessprofessor
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To: SeekAndFind

Depends on your definitons of poverty.

Air conditioning? Check
Big screen TV? Check
High speed internet access? Check
Cell phone? Check


16 posted on 09/13/2010 8:13:05 AM PDT by Pessimist
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To: businessprofessor

There is a growing poverty in America: a poverty of integrity, self-sufficiency and hard-work. Thanks LIBs/Moonbats/DIMs and other assorted assclowns.


17 posted on 09/13/2010 8:15:38 AM PDT by hal ogen (1st amendment or reeducation camp?)
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To: Flintlock
Makes you wonder just how many of these NEW WELFARE cases will vote against the Dems, now that they are deep into the entitlement programs?

Many have probably lost their ambition to do anything, and living the soft on the dole life is just more comfortable for them.

18 posted on 09/13/2010 8:16:06 AM PDT by annieokie
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To: Pessimist

what we call poverty would be upper class in many countries...


19 posted on 09/13/2010 8:17:49 AM PDT by johnandrhonda (have you hugged your banjo today?)
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To: Roccus

***America has the fattest poor people in the world.***

There was a time back in the 1800s when being fat meant being rich! Clothes for men were designed to show off a big belly meaning you were rich. Look at any photos of the robber barrons of that time.
Artist Fredrick Remington sticks in my mind with his big belly promenently displayed in his photo.

Thin meant you were poor.
Years ago I saw some old advertisements for patent medicines from the 1800s. One showed a thin poor sick family, next panel showed them all taking a spoonful of Dr So and So’s patent medicine, lst panel shows a fat well dressed happy rich family, all because they took the patent medicine..


20 posted on 09/13/2010 8:18:04 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar ( AKA Rodrigo de Bivar)
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To: reagan_fanatic
me too... it's called “working the system” and we have raised generations of these lazy ner-do-wells by telling them that they are “special”. Yeah, maybe in the “trifling ner-do-well category!
21 posted on 09/13/2010 8:54:28 AM PDT by bareford101 (Be loud! We have nothing – NOTHING - to apologize for in fighting for our Country!!)
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To: reagan_fanatic
If you are truly struggling to find food to eat and pay rent, how can you afford satellite or cable TV? Oh, and I’ve seen quite a few people living in low income neighborhoods driving nicer cars than I do.

I've seen that too. Drive through "welfare" neighborhoods and see ratty houses and nice cars. I'm going to guess that part of it is that many of the "poor" are working off the books as well as collecting welfare.

22 posted on 09/13/2010 8:58:50 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 ("It is only when we've lost everything, that we are free to do anything" -- Fight Club)
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To: Pessimist
Depends on your definitons of poverty.

The other day my wife saw someone in the checkout line using their iphone to see what they could buy with their WIC (foodstamps) card.
23 posted on 09/13/2010 10:28:24 AM PDT by TalonDJ
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To: PapaBear3625
Welfare enabled many who previously would work and engage in part time criminality for fun and/or profit, to forgo the work and engage full time in their criminality.

Here in the USA we have the worlds fattest poor people. You are more likely to be obese if you are poor than any other economic group. Obesity is the #1 nutrition related problem of the “poor” in America.

Being “poor” in America also means you only have two TV’s, only one or two working vehicles, and you might only have last years I-phone (gasp! The horror!).

24 posted on 09/13/2010 10:38:48 AM PDT by allmendream (Income is EARNED not distributed. So how could it be re-distributed?)
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To: SeekAndFind

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Meanwhile, read what the muzzie is doing with American tax payer dollars;

http://creepingsharia.wordpress.com/2009/05/13/obamas-supplemental-bill-passes-gives-billions-to-enemies/

Read the summary from David Obey’s office that was quietly released last week with nary a word from any media.

• $3.6 billion, matching the request, to expand and improve capabilities of the Afghan security forces

• $400 million, as requested, to build the counterinsurgency capabilities of the Pakistani security forces

• Afghanistan: $1.52 billion, $86 million above the request

• West Bank and Gaza: $665 million in bilateral economic, humanitarian, and security assistance for the West Bank and Gaza

• Jordan: $250 million, $250 million above the request, including $100 million for economic and $150 million for security assistance

• Egypt: $360 million, $310 million above the request, including $50 million for economic assistance, $50 million for border security, and $260 million for security assistance

• Pakistan: $1.9 billion, $591 million above the request

• Iraq: $968 million, $336 million above the request

• Oversight: $20 million, $13 million above the request, to expand oversight capacity of the State Department, USAID, and the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan to review programs in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq

• Lebanon: $74 million

• International Food Assistance: $500 million, $200 million above the request, for PL 480 international food assistance to alleviate suffering during the global economic crisis

• Refugee Assistance: $343 million, $50 million above the request, …including humanitarian assistance for Gaza. Funding for the UN Relief and Works Agency programs in the West Bank and Gaza is limited to $119 million (Note: Gaza = Hamas)

• Disaster Assistance: $200 million to avert famines and provide life-saving assistance during natural disasters and for internally displaced people around the world, including Somalia, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, the Middle East and South Asia

• Peacekeeping: $837 million for United Nations peacekeeping operations, including an expanded mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and a new mission in Chad and the Central African Republic

• Department of Justice: $17 million, matching the request, for counter-terrorism activities and to provide training and assistance for the Iraqi criminal justice system

The mainstream media remains silent on this but the International News has now picked up the story — and then there is Obama’s $108 billion IMF bailout scheme http://michellemalkin.com/2009/05/13/obamas-100-billion-imf-bailout-scheme/
in addition to the Supplemental

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25 posted on 09/13/2010 1:53:34 PM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Obama gives your tax dollars to rebuild Muslim mosques around the world

http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/26990#

According to the Associated Press, the Obama administration will give away nearly $6 million of American tax dollars to restore 63 historic and cultural sites, including Islamic mosques and minarets, in 55 nations. See the State Department document here.
http://exchanges.state.gov/media/pdfs/office-of-policy-and-evaluations/ambassadors-fund/afcp2010list.pdf

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26 posted on 09/13/2010 1:57:01 PM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: TalonDJ

RE: using their iphone to see what they could buy with their WIC (foodstamps) card.


Sheesh, I am way above the poverty level and I don’t even own an iPhone...


27 posted on 09/13/2010 1:58:08 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: hal ogen

I had two customers buying gemstones yesturday...both obese...on their way by plane to the casinos in Nevada from Pa.....both on disability and said so with out hesitation as if they wore that as a badge of honor.

...I got sick to my stomach!

Two neighbors across my street...both on disability...they both work under the table otherwise. Beautiful groomed property, new car and truck every couple of years...completley remodeled homes. You see them mowing thier lawns and hand washing their vehicles. What am I not getting about this picture?

Go figure....


28 posted on 09/13/2010 2:07:33 PM PDT by caww
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