14 What does it mean when 1.5 million American families live on less than $2 a day per person?
FROM CNN’s Jack Cafferty:
Here’s something that should make you count your blessings:
Nearly 1.5 million American families live on $2 a day — or less — per person. $2 a day.
The numbers include some 2.8 million children.
We should be ashamed of ourselves.
The national poverty center reports that households living in “extreme poverty” surged by 130% in the last 15 years.
It’s estimated that more than half of these families are run by a single woman. More than a third are headed by a married couple.
Almost half were headed by whites, one-quarter by blacks, and less than a quarter by hispanics.
The center used the $2 a day measure since that’s one of the world bank’s main indicators of poverty in developing countries. Pretty sad commentary on the state of affairs in our own developed country.
Researchers didn’t include food stamps in this measure. Once you factor in food stamps as income, the number of households in extreme poverty drops by almost half to 800,000.
Overall, a record 46.2 million Americans are living below the poverty line.
The federal government spends hundreds of billions of dollars on programs to feed, shelter and house the poor.
It’s estimated 1 in 6 Americans rely on public programs — with food stamps and Medicaid being the largest.
Mitt Romney recently came under fire for saying he’s not concerned about the “very poor,” saying: “There’s a safety net there.”
Not exactly the voice
of a compassionate conservative.
Here’s my question to you: What does it mean when 1.5 million American families live on less than $2 a day per person?
Tune in to the Situation Room at 5pm to see if Jack reads your answer on air.
And, we love to know where you’re writing from, so please include your city and state with your comment.
Pete in Georgia says:
It probably means we have people compiling statistics with an agenda…………………..and I can assure you it’s only to help poor downtrodden folks survive till the next election.
Real honest TRUTHS are nowhere to be discovered in today’s deceitful world. The prime job of our socialist dictator now in power is to be certain they don’t EVER see the light of day.
JD in NH says:
It means that because of budget cuts there is a group of people who are forgotten and will not be helped. It means that billionaires are more interested in putting money into super packs then they are in helping their fellow man. It means that we should get out of Afghanistan where we are spending 2 billion a week and start helping our own people here at home. It also means that we are becoming a nation of rich and poor with more people likely to join this group.
It means President Eisenhower was right, “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.”