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What Recovery? Report Reveals Rising Poverty for Children in America


What Recovery? Report Reveals Rising Poverty for Children in America

Sarah Lazare, staff writer

There are roughly three million more U.S. children living in poverty today than during the outbreak of the Great Recession in 2008, and the so-called economic recovery has bypassed children of color altogether, a harrowing new report reveals.

The 2015 Data Book, released Tuesday by the Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation, evaluates information from numerous federal agencies from 2008 to 2013 to determine child well-being nationwide.


This is one of those statistics that the right wing simply cannot hide from. Roughly one in five kids in poverty, and climbing. For all their evasive tactics since 1980, measurements of employment, all of it, the future is now here. There is no way we can sustain having this many children living this way. That along with the education and healthcare issues for the young. Affecting children of color and white children as well. The United States is so hardened as a country now starving, unhealthy kids of any race mean nothing to the upper tier. No other developed country would even think of living this way.


Well, yes, poverty has continued to quietly grow and deepen, and the great majority of poor are women and children. Even our liberal media have virtually disregarded our poverty crisis ever since the Clinton administration, and today’s middle class is shockingly ignorant about this issue. Think about what America did. We looked at the policies and programs implemented from FDR to Reagan, which had taken the country to its height of wealth and productivity, and decided to do the exact opposite. The US shipped out a huge share of our jobs since the 1980s, ended actual welfare in the 1990s, and pretends there are no consequences to the country. But there actually are tremendous consequences. When Reagan was first elected, launching the long campaign against America’s poor, the overall quality of life in the US was rated at #1. By the time Obama was elected, this had already plunged to #43, and we can no longer adequately compete in the modern world market. We already threw away the tools that are necessary to rebuild the economy/country. In short, we blew it.


Actually, we need to stress that the right-wingers who created the conditions that specifically harm families with children are Democrats – or at least , the Clinton “New Democrats,” many of whom remain in Congress. Today’s poverty crisis is the result of Bill Clinton’s NAFTA and his welfare “reform” – policies that the middle class support. (For those who fell behind, welfare was ended. For real. TANF is a short-term, marginally subsidized work program, exclusively for those with minor children.) Bill Clinton was also the first president to begin dismantling Social Security, targeting the disabled. In fact, by 2000, the disabled became the fastest-growing group of homeless Americans, and they did very poorly on the streets. This issue was largely ignored by liberal media, just as much as they ignored the consequences of welfare “reform” in an era of job shortages. Although President Obama was able to restore Social Security shortly after being elected, the Dems in Congress promptly resumed whittling at benefits again. And note that this year alone, Democrats agreed to virtually end food stamps to the elderly poor and the disabled.


But Wall Street Corporations and the corrupted Fed Gov elite are making and taking more than ever before, so who cares.


What you’ve said does ring true, DHFabian, but abject poverty here in the United States has always been a serious problem, which has been worsened by even more right-wing policies of even more right-wing politicians, be the Democrats or Republicans who’ve been elected into office. It also has to do with the fact that our government, for more than half a century, has spent far too much money beefing up our military and engaging in stupid, illegal and wrongheaded invasions of other countries abroad, in attempts to, or for toppling foreign governments that do not tally up with our government’s interests.

That’s money wasted that could be going towards helping poor people, spent on education, job-training, rebuilding our infrastructure…the list could go on.