There are plenty of poor and hungry Americans, and the trend indicates that the number is increasing. If it were not for Food Stamps, 4 million more persons would be classified as impoverished.
If you work 40 hours a week at minimum wage, the chances are you are impoverished.
The economy and numbers are stacked against a large percentage of the population; it can happen to you:
“Most Americans (58.5%) will spend at least one year below the poverty line at some point between ages 25 and 75.”
The story this afternoon is that Food Stamps help people get by, but barely. That is how some wealthy Americans believe that it should be. They blame impoverished people for their plight without considering who is responsible for creating good jobs with upward mobility.
When large numbers of people are living in poverty while a small percentage of people hoard the nation’s wealth, that spells trouble and something wrongful is happening.
Given the persistent needs for a sustainable economy that is developed around renewable energy, required is to align geniuses and entrepreneurs with idle or low performing capital to produce new products, new businesses, and to put Americans to work at full employment.
“Poverty is a state of privation, or a lack of the usual or socially acceptable amount of money or material possessions. The most common measure of poverty in the U.S. is the "poverty threshold" set by the U.S. government. This measure recognizes poverty as a lack of those goods and services commonly taken for granted by members of mainstream society. The official threshold is adjusted for inflation using the consumer price index. The government's definition of poverty is based on total income received. For example, the poverty level for 2012 was set at $23,050 (total yearly income) for a family of four. Most Americans (58.5%) will spend at least one year below the poverty line at some point between ages 25 and 75.Poverty rates are persistently higher in rural and inner city parts of the country as compared to suburban areas.”
"4 million more people would be poor if it weren’t for food stamps
By Lydia DePillis, Published: September 17 at 12:34 pmE-mail the writer
It's a particularly important statistic, given that House Republicans are moving a bill that would cut funding for the SNAP program by $39 billion over a 10-year period. Farmers and the elderly are mobilizing against it, hoping that conservatives from poorer districts won't have the stomach to cut their constituents' benefits by that much."