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In 2007 (when the economy was great by today’s standards for many more Americans) the number of poor Americans living in severe poverty had already reached a 32 year high–and most of them were working. A McClatchy Newspapers analysis using 2005 data (just imagine how bad it is now) found nearly 16 million Americans living in severe poverty.
A family of four with two children and an annual income of less than $9,903, half the federal poverty line was considered severely poor in 2005.
The McClatchy analysis found that the number of severely poor Americans grew by 26 percent from 2000 to 2005–56 percent faster than the overall poveryty population grew in the same period. Even in 2005–six years ago Wall Street and Congress knew where the economy was headed. That was when a jobs creation program should have been started. But was it? Hell no. Wall Street and Congressional millionaires were too enamored with their globalization monopoly game for the themselves to pay any attention to Americans on Main Street.
In 2005,Nearly two out of three people (10.3 million) in severe poverty are white, but blacks (4.3 million) and Hispanics of any race (3.7 million) make up disproportionate shares. Blacks are nearly three times as likely as non-Hispanic whites to be in deep poverty, while Hispanics are roughly twice as likely.
In 2005 Washington, D.C., the nation’s capital, has a higher concentration of severely poor people – 10.8 percent in 2005 – than any of the 50 states, topping even hurricane-ravaged Mississippi and Louisiana, with 9.3 percent and 8.3 percent, respectively. Nearly six of 10 poor District residents are in extreme poverty.
Today in 2011, according to Insider Monkey:
1. District of Colombia still has the highest percentage of its people living in severe poverty. Ironic isn’t it when you consider this is where the millionaire Congress goes to work every day. 62,000 people in DC live in extreme proverty in a city where millionaire elected officials and Wall Street lobbyists conive to make them even poorer.
2. Mississippi has the next highest rate of people living in extreme poverty. with 266,000 people
3. Kentucky comes in third with 334,000 people living in extreme poverty
4. South Carolina has 341,000 people living in extreme poverty
5. Arkansas has 216 thousand people living in extreme poverty
6. West Virginia has 135,000 people living in extreme poverty
7. Arizona has 491,000 people living in extreme poverty
8. Alabama has 344 thousand people living in extreme poverty.
9. New Mexico has 147,000 people living in extreme poverty
10. Tenessee has 456 thousand people living in extreme poverty. SOURCE
And it’s not getting any better. Instead of working to make sure that jobs are created, the Republican Tea Party nuts tell us that creating jobs is not their jobs. They continue to tell us that if we just let them give more tax breaks to the rich that then the rich will create jobs. Any American who does not recognize this for the bullshit that is is needs to wake up. If tax breaks for the rich were the panacea, then don’t you think that we should have plenty of jobs today after 10 fkng years of George Bush Tax cuts? Wake up and smell the coffee! Our infrastructure is crumbling to dust! During the reign of the Bush rich we had zero net job growth ZERO! That how much his 8 years of tax cuts for the rich were worth ZERO JOBS! Read the whole story in the Washington Post.
Then the corporate centrist Democrats played their good cop/bad cop game for two years when they had the gavel–pretending that they needed the Republicans permission to go pee when their party had the majority in both houses and the President.
Fact is that the leadership of the Democratic party is no different from the leadership of the Republican Tea party. We have a bunch of millionaires in Congress and it does not make a damn if they are Corporate Centrist Democrat or Republican Tea Party. The have the same mission: to grow their personal stock portfolios. They don’t give a damn about the rest of us.
VOTE FOR SOMEONE WHO WILL REPRESENT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN 2012.
VOTE FOR SOMEONE WHO DOES NOT OWN WALL STREET STOCK.
VOTE FOR SOMEONE WHO GIVES A DAMN ABOUT CLEAN ENERGY
VOTE FOR SOMEONE WHO IS NOT A MILLIONAIRE.
BUT FOR GOD’S SAKE DON’T VOTE FOR A DAMN DEMOCRAT OR A REPUBLICAN TEA PARTY CANDIDATE.
START WORKING NOW TO MAKE SURE OTHER NAMES ARE ON THE BALLOT I N 2012