Skip to comments.Extreme Poverty Is Now At Record Levels (HOPEY-CHANGEY!)
Posted on 11/06/2011 6:49:33 AM PST by tcrlaf
The extreme the wealth disparity in the U.S. keeps on widening. We already know that people at the higher percentage levels are doing well, particularly at the highest, while the middle class is shrinking rapidly. Here, Michael Snyder presents some handy statistics on the growth at the lowest levels of poverty.
Extreme Poverty Is Now At Record Levels 19 Statistics About The Poor That Will Absolutely Astound You
Courtesy of Michael Snyder of Economic Collapse
[Extreme Poverty Is Now At Record Levels - 20 Statistics About The Poor That Will Absolutely Astound You] According to the U.S. Census Bureau, a higher percentage of Americans is living in extreme poverty than they have ever measured before. In 2010, we were told that the economy was recovering, but the truth is that the number of the "very poor" soared to heights never seen previously.
Back in 1993 and back in 2009, the rate of extreme poverty was just over 6 percent, and that represented the worst numbers on record. But in 2010, the rate of extreme poverty hit a whopping 6.7 percent. That means that one out of every 15 Americans is now considered to be "very poor".
For many people, this is all very confusing because their guts are telling them that things are getting worse and yet the mainstream media keeps telling them that everything is just fine.
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The following are 19 statistics about the poor that will absolutely astound you....
#1 According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the percentage of "very poor" rose in 300 out of the 360 largest metropolitan areas during 2010.
#2 Last year, 2.6 million more Americans descended into poverty. That was the largest increase that we have seen since the U.S. government began keeping statistics on this back in 1959.
#3 It isn't just the ranks of the "very poor" that are rising. The number of those just considered to be "poor" is rapidly increasing as well. Back in the year 2000, 11.3% of all Americans were living in poverty. Today, 15.1% of all Americans are living in poverty.
#4 The poverty rate for children living in the United States increased to 22% in 2010.
#5 There are 314 counties in the United States where at least 30% of the children are facing food insecurity.
#6 In Washington D.C., the "child food insecurity rate" is 32.3%.
#7 More than 20 million U.S. children rely on school meal programs to keep from going hungry.
#8 One out of every six elderly Americans now lives below the federal poverty line.
#9 Today, there are over 45 million Americans on food stamps.
#10 According to the Wall Street Journal, nearly 15 percent of all Americans are now on food stamps.
#11 In 2010, 42 percent of all single mothers in the United States were on food stamps.
#12 The number of Americans on food stamps has increased 74% since 2007.
#13 We are told that the economy is recovering, but the number of Americans on food stamps has grown by another 8 percent over the past year.
#14 Right now, one out of every four American children is on food stamps.
#15 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.
#16 More than 50 million Americans are now on Medicaid. Back in 1965, only one out of every 50 Americans was on Medicaid. Today, approximately one out of every 6 Americans is on Medicaid.
#17 One out of every six Americans is now enrolled in at least one government anti-poverty program.
#18 The number of Americans that are going to food pantries and soup kitchens has increased by 46% since 2006.
#19 It is estimated that up to half a million children may currently be homeless in the United States.
Sadly, we don't hear much about this on the nightly news, do we?
Almost all the wealthiest are Dems in blue states.
Its so bad that I am forced to use a tracfone and don’t even have an Ipad.
It’s all going out. My rock-solid company is leaving throughout the course of next year. They found it wiser to be in Canada than Nashville. Thanks Obama.
All a result of believing in government instead of self.
“Its so bad that I am forced to use a tracfone and dont even have an Ipad.”
Don’t even get me started on that.
Food Stamp Recipients get a FREE Cell Phone, and 250 Free minutes a month, paid for by my Phone Bill.
They can add unlimited texting for $5 a month, and Unlimited Data for $10.
The wife and I pay well over $100 a month for almost the exact same plan.
I’ve almost reached the point that I think being a PRODUCTIVE member of society means you must be an idiot.
42% of single mothers are on food stamps. what does this tell us about being a single mother? should the govt bail you out if you have a child out of wedlock with no means of support? i guess so according to the article.
other thought, if 6% are in poverty, than 94% (check my math there) are not. how does that compare historically? has there ever been a society with greater than 94% non poverty?
The whole liberal-driven poverty question, like everything else driven by libs, is suspect. If we check that facts, according to Mark Levin in his book “Liberty and Tyranny” the greatest increase in the poverty rate comes from Mexican immigrants...legal and illegal. Of course, if Obama is re-elected, we’ll see millions more non-immigrants thrust into poverty.
Ah....... more fodder for the rat party, caused by encouraged by and supported by. Don’t look here look over there they are the cause of your poverty.
The extreme poor brought this on themselves by helping to elect a Chicago Marxist thug to run the country. They should have known that the standard of living is always in the toilet in Marxist banana republics. You can’t have a prosperous America AND Marxism/communism too. It just doesn’t work that way.
The comments there are not too kind to Ø bummer. Looks like the hope and change crowd is getting angry.
Sorry, but this is a crock. I can remember people living in tar-paper shacks in the south in the 60s. My Mom wasn’t allowed to wear shoes to school until the first frost...then that afternoon, they would break out the shoes and try to figure out who could wear what.
Food stamps are a scam, run by government to justify their existence. I’ve never been on food stamps, but I can remember eating some mighty tough venison because that is what was left...and don’t get me started on the ‘food insecurity’ BS!
The poor have it great in America.
I got so mad at AT&T, I canceled my cellphone and was fully prepared to go phone-free. My little sister added a phone to her family plan for an extra 10 bucks a month and sent it to me. Otherwise I’d just go without. I hate phones. I hate phone companies.
I personally think our real problem is that we’ve raised at least two generations that don’t know the meaning of the word “no”. People no longer consider the possibility that they should live within their means.
I consider myself lucky to have grown up poor and learned to go without. If not, I would be so depressed by my lack of crap I want that I would probably be suicidal. Instead, I just shrug at the things I don’t have.
I'm so glad I grew up with things like "books" and "libraries."
The solution has been right in front of us for 235 years.
Agreed. The pictures of poor single mothers with big screen TVs and kids with designer shoes gall me, since I don’t waste my money on those things.
The solution for part of this could be mandatory Norplants or IUDs for women collecting welfare. No more kids until you can support them. No abortions needed, no relying upon someone to take birth control pills, no more children born that society and the mothers cannot afford.
And before anyone screams, I am both a woman and a mother.
A couple weeks ago my cousin was posting on facebook her rant about not being able to afford medical care. The problem is that she was posting from some kind of gamer’s convention on the other side of the country.
She can’t afford medical care but can afford a flight across the country and a motel room so she can play dress up at nerdfest for a week.
My profession is in recruiting. I had a conversation with a young woman about an opening at our plant. Entry-level admin position paying $15/hr. Her response was that her food stamps would be lowered and her HUD rent would go up if she worked, so she turned down the job.
Government assistance programs don’t encourage people to leave the plantation - they actually pay them to stay on it!
And you and I pick up the tab.
Somehow, some way, this is still Bush’s fault. Can’t be Barry’s
They need to have these bad numbers so they can say "See, see how bad it is, we need more money to fix these problems"
And as usual it makes everybody "feel" bad so they go along with it. Oh, well. We have the govt. we deserve.
What’s “very poor”? No iPad?
C’mon we’ve put everyone on the dole. There is no “extreme poverty” except perhaps in the most rural of rural areas.
We’re ADVERTISING for food stamps, WIC and free cell phones, FGS!
We have the richest poor people in the world.
And I bet you the vast majority of the poor voted for King Obama, and they will again. Nothing will stop these so call poor from continuing their golden goose. This next election those King Obama bought might get him reelected. He has 12 more months to build his communists/freeloader empire.
What are CCC workers? If it’s something I should know I will be mortified.
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In my school distict our teacher assistants (who all make $12,000 a year & the majority of them are single mothers of multiple children, many w/ different fathers) almost every day order out lunch & spend about $8.00. The teachers who make about 3 times what they make can’t afford to do that. So, the question remains, HOW do they afford this?????????? And have top of the line cellphones that do everything? I have a simple cell that makes calls & takes photos.
I am baffled, but even more than that I am disgusted.
Things are terrible. Don’t kid yourself. Anyone in a main street business in the real economy will tell you the truth.
We are on the brink of collapse.
Poverty has nothing to do with business aside from being firmly attached to its aching nipples.
Here’s a perfect example. Two weeks ago my baby brother started a 7 week training course to become a linesman. He said it is grueling and expensive after he paid for his books, shoes, equipment, & the motel where he stays Sunday- Thursday. He is serious about this. He has had several job setbacks & he wanted something he could do for the rest of his life. He is an extremely hard worker.
He said there are several young guys in his class who have their pants hanging past their boxers & have a whatever attitude. One day at lunch they were all talking & they were bragging that they had all their books, boots & equipment paid for & someone came & picked them up every morning & took them home in the evening. Needless to say my brother was completely disgusted.
I really need to change my name to, pretty much all the way conservative.
Little Known Facts:
When calculating income for federal income taxes and to determine if people are below the poverty threshold the government does not include welfare, food stamps, government paid medical and other freebies and handouts.
So many of those included in the data as below the poverty line actually have more disposable “income” than the government reports.
When calculating income for the purposes of making mortgage loans (many to people who did not have enough real income to qualify) the government requires lenders to include welfare payments as income.
The government stcks the deck both ways to further the Wefare State agenda.
You are delusional. There are millions of self employed people not counted in these numbers whoses businesses are near collapse. I have friends using saving to keep their businesses going. These were all middle class people a few years ago who face losing evertything soon.
You can snicker and laugh and downplay this all you like , but things are getting drastically worse very fast, despite the garbage rush windbag says daily.
Under Jenny Granholm, ALL college students in Michigan became eligible for food stamps. That includes rich trust fund kids and those with full scholarships that include food.
Fortunately we ended that a couple months ago and cut off food stamps for some 30,000 college students.
CCC = Civilian Conservation Corps
The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a public work relief program that operated from 1933 to 1942 in the United States for unemployed, unmarried men from relief families, ages 1825.
A part of the New Deal of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, it provided unskilled manual labor jobs related to the conservation and development of natural resources in rural lands owned by federal, state and local governments.
The CCC was designed to provide employment for young men in relief families who had difficulty finding jobs during the Great Depression while at the same time implementing a general natural resource conservation program in every state and territory.
Maximum enrollment at any one time was 300,000; in nine years 2.5 million young men participated. Reserve officers from the U.S. Army were in charge of the camps, but there was no military training or uniforms.
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I asked a guy from Kentucky what he remembered most about the '29 Depression. He said that was when they had a big pot of squirrel stew that had to last all week. After each meal, mom would add water to bring the level back up. He said that by the following Friday, that squirrel stew was pretty damn thin.
I’m just irritated that I live within my means and as a result, go without much of the crap that the so called “impoverished” seem to have unlimited funds for.
Its pretty damned bad that the working poor are in worse shape than those on welfare.
This is nothing but Communist propaganda by Obama. The redefine “poor” as anyone not making a million bucks. This is an attempt at class warfare.
This is why every city now has an "Occupy Obamaville" settlement.
In Grapes of Wrath the Joad kids when staying in a government camp flush a toilet without realizing what they are doing, and think they have broken it--they had never seen a flush toilet before.
Go back another 100 years and the lifestyle of the average person was much worse than that of an extremely poor person now.
A lot of the old folks around my hometown were depression era orphans. I used to listen to them talk about coming to town on the train and being “adopted” by local farmers right there on the spot.
Yeah, people are like that. I’ve known people who “can’t afford” $600 a month for medication. Understandable. That’s a lot of money. But a closer look at their habits reveals that they can afford full cable, fine wines, weekly shopping sprees, lunch ordered out 5 days a week, 2 evenings out every weekend, designer clothes, manicures, pedicures, vacations out of the country, on and on and on. It’s almost like they think that everything they NEED should be provided, so that they are free to spend their money on what they WANT.
I’m am amazed anyone falls for the “hungry America” scam. All they have to do is walk through Walmart. I’ll start believing the hungry America trope when I start seeing emaciated wraithes on streetcorners asking for crusts of bread. I don’t think I’ll see that in the near future. Of course, if we keep electing Democrats, we’ll start seeing more skinny people in Walmart. Or asking for a crust of bread outside the doors.