Saturday, April 13, 2013

The United States Has Too Many Poor Children

I quote from the article by Kat Aaron (November 2011) from which I took the second of these graphs

Numbers released today by the Census Bureau paint a fresh and complex picture of poverty in America. For the first time, the figures count the impact of benefits like food stamps, tax credits and housing assistance. And for the first time, the data reflect not just income but spending, factoring in medical expenses and child-care costs. 
Under the new measure, the number of children in poverty is lower than under the traditional poverty calculations. The number of seniors in poverty is higher.

There is obviously too much poverty in the United States. I personally believe that it is potentially if not politically possible to introduce pro poor policies that would reduce poverty in the United States to much lower levels. The Congress has chosen instead to promote pro plutocrat policies that make the rich even richer.

We know that older Americans vote and follow politics. Are you surprised that they are less poor than children, even taking into account the public assistance that is available through programs such as food stamps for families with poor children.

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