So Rich, So Poor

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Common sense and our own personal experiences tell us that when you are hungry or dealing with an all-consuming crisis, you can not be on your A-game in order to learn or effectively deal with crises because you are mentally and physically weakened or distracted. Imagine what your life would be like if you were continuously hungry, thus malnourished, and dealing with the effects of poverty on a daily basis within your household and community?

Here is a recent study that quantifies what we already know Poverty Reduces Brain Power and have either internalized and set ourselves in action or have turned our backs on resulting in inaction and a silent vote for the further stigmatization of the poor.  Have you asked yourself if you contribute to the stigmatization of the poor and, if so, how and why? Then ask yourself what if you had lost in the lottery of birth and been born into the vicious poverty cycle. Ask yourself what are the real odds of escaping poverty in this country and in 2nd & 3rd world nations without the intervention of government programs, activist and charitable intervention and/or international aid?

Food stamps work, so why are we cutting them shows how effective and successful this  mass stigmatization has been and it is clearly reflected in the character of the people who have been sent to Congress to represent us and our interests. We, in this inordinately GDP rich nation, have not chosen wisely nor in our short- and long-term interests.

Facts About Poverty in America:

  • FACT:  Almost 80% of people receiving SNAP (food stamps) are children, elderly or disabled.
  • FACT:  The rise in SNAP participation has clearly tracked the rise in unemployment and poverty during the Great Recession.
  • FACT:  Families receiving SNAP get about $3 per person per day on which to survive.
  • FACT:  In 2011, 46.2 million people (15.0 percent) were in poverty in the U.S.*
  • FACT:  In 2011, 50.1 million Americans lived in food insecure households, 33.5 million adults and 16.7 million children.*
  • FACT:  In 2011, households with children reported food insecurity at a significantly higher rate than those without children, 20.6 percent compared to 12.2 percent.*

            *Stats provided by FeedingAmerica.org

Literature:

So Rich, So Poor: Why It’s So Hard to End Poverty in America

Professor Peter Edelman Discusses Poverty in the United States: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IC_dKf232H8

 

 

 

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