Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Massive Depression In America: Poverty Levels Near 30%

A shocking report from Brookings exposes just how massive America’s poverty problem is. While substantial reductions in poverty were made during the 1990’s, America’s poor have been rocked by the dual economic downturns since 2000.

The result is that poverty grew at twice the rate of U.S. population growth from 2000 – 2008, and now encompasses 39.1 million Americans.

If one were to expand the definition of poverty to merely ‘poor’ (yet still very poor), then a eye-popping 30% of the nation lives no higher than twice the poverty base line.

Brookings: In 2008, 91.6 million people—more than 30 percent of the nation’s population—fell below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. More individuals lived in families with incomes between 100 and 200 percent of poverty line (52.5 million) than below the poverty line (39.1 million) in 2008. Between 2000 and 2008, large suburbs saw the fastest growing low-income populations across community types and the greatest uptick in the share of the population living under 200 percent of poverty.

Here’s where it gets even more ridiculous — If you break down the data to individual areas, then there’s at least ten U.S. cities with poverty rates of around 30%. Moreover, Brookings latest research highlights how poverty has been getting worse especially fast in the suburbs, thus the U.S. is faced with the challenges of suburban poverty like never before:
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  1. You can hear those military recruiters licking their chops. Nothing breeds fodder for war like good old poverty.

  2. 11:43 Yes, I think one goal is to make as many people as unemployed as possible; then, the government will say that to earn or keep your citizenship, you must serve in the military. I don't know if I'm right with this, it's just a theory, but I think things are heading in that direction.

  3. Dear Editor: I highly respect your blog and would like to know if I could request an article put up about what's really going on with unemployment extensions.

    Here are two links that have good info that people really need to know, please!! I am asking you for help because your blog gets so much exposure, and this is an issue people need to be aware of as most of them erroneously think the extensions last more than six months. The truth is, most people WILL NOT GET AN EXTENSION OF ANY KIND.

    First article: "Unemployment Extensions Are A Blatant Lie"

    Second article: "Many Will Not Get Unemployment Extension"

  4. Oh, this is 12:57 here again; I wanted to add that even with the latest extensions, those who lost their job last year will still most likely not even get an extension. If your unemployment runs out after Feb 20 or Feb 27 (there are two dates for Tier One and Two) you will not get the extension.

    This is a scam concocted by evil geniuses to make sure that these unemployed drop off of the list and make it appear that unemployment is getting better.

    Even with these new extensions, they only apply mainly to those who lost their jobs because the more massive groups of unemployed lost their jobs and applied for unemployment.

    IT IS A SCAM!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Correction to my last post at 1:02

    I meant to say:

    Even with these new extensions, they only apply mainly to those who lost their jobs BEFORE the more massive groups of unemployed lost their jobs and applied for unemployment.

    In other words, only the initial people who lost their jobs before the big unemployment explosions are eligible for all of the second, third, and even fourth tier extensions, but everyone else, for the most part, will somehow be cut off from the deadline and not receive anything more than six months of unemployment.

    Be aware American people, that you are being lied to and deceived.

  6. Turn all foreclosed McMansions into homeless shelters. Finally, those Chef-Styled Gas Ranges and double or triple Stainless Steel Microwave and Convection Wall Ovens can be used to feed those who are in poverty. We can house many in the cavernous "Masta-Suites" with the treyed ceilings and even sleep more in the 20X30 foot walk in closets. We do need to designate the 15X20' Marble showers with multiheaded waterfall sprayers as "gender specific", but only if morals are being considered, which most likely is a non-issue these days. In the "bonus room" over the three car garage, we can put in some army bunks to sleep even more homeless. In the huge sized stainless steel three or four door walk in refigerators, we can store the commodity cheese and milk. We can stack bags of beans and rice in the "mud room" or in the walk in pantries. We can wash the homeless people's clothes for them in the StarTrek looking front loading spaceship type washer and dryer. The adults can sit in the Spa, while the kids play in the Hybrid Bermuda grasses on the lawns.

    Sounds like a solution to me.

  7. 1:10 The gov. would never ever allow this.

    Can't you all see by now that they are attacking the middle class and want to bring us all down to the same level.

    They don't even want us getting along and helping one another. They want us in conflict.

    That's why I've posted before to be careful of those who come to this blog who say things like "the economy is getting better" etc. These are probably employees who are being paid to be disinformation agents.

    You think this can't happen in America? Think again. Just remember the Red Scare.

  8. All of the healthcare fiasco et al is just a distraction from the Depression that is ensuing.

    Even the Bernanke and Geithner fiascos are a diversion TO TAKE AMERICA'S ATTENTION AWAY FROM THE DEPRESSION.

    People squabbling about health care while people are losing their cars, homes, and being relegated to a new lower class, people who used to be middle class, even some upper middle class.

    WAKE UP! The masses are fighting amongst one another and thinking the foolish parading of Bernanke and friends as being villains is the main issue. NO, it is not! While Bernanke and Geithner clearly had something to do with what is happening, it was intentionally ALLOWED to happen, and those who pull the strings know that the American people are too busy thinking that if we prosecute Bernanke or Geithner, things will be "okay" again.

    WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!

  9. @1:19

    I am sure you realized my jest in my post.

    But on the other hand, we might as well use all this space the people making $10.00 an hour took mortgages on and lost----right?

  10. 1:37 Yes, sorry, I was not directing my anger towards you but towards the issue at hand.

  11. A. We know the economy is starting to improve because of across the board earnings reports that suggest a rise in consumer and business spending.
    B. Obama is now being advised to put the health care initiative to the side momentarily while he solves our economic problems which he will do. He will address this tonight in the State of the Union presentation, please watch it! In this speech he is going to call on everyone to make a positive change in their own communities to assist in the economic recovery. The president will also touch on some important new
    initiatives aimed at improving the small business sector.
    C. Be positive, change does not come overnight. Lets all work together as a team to improve our own individual communities and the change will follow.

  12. 2:44 pure comedy, thanks!

  13. 2:44 Obama, is that you??

  14. ThePatriot do you live on a rocket ship to space? The economy is IMPROVING? How will this presentation pay off the 12 trillion dollar debt? How will communities assist people in getting a JOB? There will be NO NEW INITIATIVES. There will be new laws that take away our freedoms, force us into putting money into IRA and mutual funds to "preserve" our retirement funds. The government will then steal our money. If you believe for 1 second that anything will be better I have a planet I can sell you for $1000.

  15. 2:14 is either really stupid or a gov. troll.

    Don't feed the troll people.

  16. 3:05 Haha, good one! I wouldn't be surprised if it's Nancy Pelosi actually, that woman is crazy!

  17. 3:11 I'm actually much more worried about all the unemployment right now. Many people are finding out that their benefits are only good for six months and that the extension programs are a scam and only apply to those who were laid off before the larger groups of unemployed people were laid off when the economy took a nose dive.

    We should be very concerned that we live in a country where banks and wars are getting the big bucks while the average citizen is not getting any real help and then left to fend for themselves.

    If it gets worse, and it will get worse, heed what Ron Paul said recently -- he said we are heading into dangerous times.

  18. 2:44-accidently on purpose found this blog. HA HA HA HA...

    Barry brings "Real Change", FOR SURE!

  19. No extension on unemployment benefits.
    How about all the independent contractors who don't get jack shit when they are out of work?

  20. government antichristJanuary 27, 2010 at 10:21 PM

    2.44 That darn Government Troll again damm you motherf**k**.

  21. 2.44 Is that you JOE ..Stop it your killing me.

  22. 6:40 I hear you. They are REALLY hurting. I know lots of them. Remodeling contractors are getting clobbered.

    Basically anything that people used to do for vanity and not an essential project.

    No matter how bad it gets for a plumber or roofer they will always get SOME work. That is why a college brat taking 'Marketing' needs to stop that shit now and pick up an essential trade.

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