Mr. Harlan is to be commended for caring about this issue. But let's face it: All of these studies on poverty are just delaying tactics. The real issue is the degree to which all "wealth" created in the past decade--the majority of it generated from stock market manipulations, derivatives scams, and other exotic financial instruments (that are about as honest as the guy who hides the bean under 1 of 3 cups while beguiling a credulous betting crowd) --went to the top 1%. That meant far less trickled down.
Instead of so many discussions on poverty, what requires more than just discussion--but also massive legal redress--is why 200 families get to own almost half of the world's wealth.
All of these discussions about--where will the money come from to provide a modicum of decency to families living in cars and selling their blood--need to focus on the two monsters that cannibalize it all: the very rich through their corporate apparatus and the military industrial complex.
Today on Abby Martin's new show she offered statistics citing that 54% of this nation's discretionary income goes to the M.I.C. And she also showed what that money might instead have financed.
The riches exist. It's just that crooks and not yet convicted convicts and other serial killers run the show. At the rate they are going, those who learned to live on $2. a day will have a leg up on the rest of us.