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  • Edición impresa de Noviembre 15, 2011

United States has been at war for a long time now. Billions of dollars have been directed to fighting in Afghanistan or Iraq. Meanwhile another war has been taking place, the war against the poor. Even though people were suffering from the domestic war it was not talked about until some groups started to attract attention to where the money was been centralized and who were the ones left out. The now famous 99% and 1% suddenly were like a revelation.

The courageous people that initiated the Occupy Wall Street movement started an eye opener for the many discontented people in the United States who had not seen before the similarities of their economic downfall.

The people without jobs, the ones who are homeless due to foreclosure, the food stamp recipients, and the uninsured maybe thought their circumstances were their fault.

The middle class started to realize that they were becoming the new poor. It cannot be denied that most of the population of the United States is getting poorer. Poverty is spreading and hopelessness and despair are rising.

As the new political season begins millions of individuals are questioning the economy.

According to a special report from the U.S. Census Bureau, 46.2 million Americans are now living in poverty. “The number of those living in poverty in America has grown by 2.6 million in just the last 12 months, and that is the largest increase that we have ever seen since the U.S. government began calculating poverty figures back in 1959.”

Several entities like the Bureau of Economic Analysis have reported facts and figures that throw light on the situation:

*There are fewer payroll jobs in the United States today than there were back in 2000 even though we have added 30 million people to the population since then.

*Back in 1969, 95 percent of all men between the ages of 25 and 54 had a job. In July, only 81.2 percent of men in that age group had a job.

*If you gathered together all of the unemployed people in the United States, they would constitute the 68th largest country in the world.

*Back in 1980, less than 30% of all jobs in the United States were low-income jobs. Today, more than 40% of all jobs in the United States are low-income jobs.

*Half of all American workers now earn $505 or less per week.

*The number of Americans that are going to food pantries and soup kitchens has increased by 46% since 2006.

*Nearly 10 million Americans now receive unemployment benefits. That number is almost four times larger than it was back in 2007.

*More than 45 million Americans are now on food stamps. The number of Americans on food stamps has increased 74% since 2007.

*In America today, there are 49.9 million Americans that do not have any health insurance.

*According to a report published in The American Journal of Medicine, medical bills are a major factor in more than 60 percent of the personal bankruptcies in the United States.

*The poverty rate for children living in the United States increased to 22% in 2010. That means that tonight more than one out of every five U.S. children is living in poverty.

*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.

*It is estimated that up to half a million children may currently be homeless in the United States.

The figures are clear. The war has to stop here and abroad. It is time to dedicate money and efforts to life instead of bringing hopelessness and death to the planet.

 


 

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