It was over a month ago when I had written a blog entitled, “Why are we so angry.” Today, I wish that I was writing that our fellow-man has gotten a little more polite. Unfortunately, that is not the case. I am writing today because I believe that I have discovered the source of our nation’s frustration.
On Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011, the U.S. Census Bureau released the annual report: Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2010. These data are astonishing: 46.2 million Americans were living below the official poverty line in 2010. This was the highest number in 52 years. That’s nearly one in six Americans who were living in poverty last year. But wait, the news gets worse.
About 28 million Americans, between ages 18 and 64, were unemployed last year, which can explain why nearly one million more Americans went without health insurance in 2010 than in 2009. If those statistics are not enough to make you gag; there’s more nauseating news.
The poverty rate for children last year was 22 percent — the highest level since 1993. The rate for black children climbed to nearly 40 percent, and more than a third of Hispanic children lived in poverty, the Census Bureau reported. The rate for white children was reported as above 12 percent.