Poverty is Getting Worse

Poverty is getting much worse thanks to the policies of both parties. All indications are that poverty is not only getting worse, it is approaching third world status in many areas. We can ill afford to ignore these dangers.

To aggravate the problem actions and agencies which in the past alleviated the misery - such as unemployment insurance, medicare, access to higher education, and social security - are now being dismantled or diminished. The chances to climb out of poverty are diminishing and there is a sophisticated effort to portray poor people as lazy moochers off of society rather than hold policy makers of both parties accountable.

The reason I have so many references is to show this is a steadily increasing trend that I continuously update. It is not a vanishing blip on the radar. Failure to deal with this trend will have disastrous consequences for the future.

This is not the result of an accident or natural disaster. It is the result of decades of government policy by both democrats and republicans.

This will have disastrous consequences as we head towards a more and more unequal society.

2-Economic Graphs
3-Health Care
4-How Big Media Ignores the Poor
5-Poverty in America - It is Not What You Think
7-Inconvenient Income Inequality
8-Talking About Poverty With Greg Kaufmann
9-Graph Comparing Corporate Profits and Wages
10-The Great Social Security Robbery
11-Explaining the Pure Cruelty of Obama's Gimmick, "Chained CPI" in Simple Language
12-Obama’s Historic Assault on Social Security
13-Downward Mobility Haunts US Education
14-In your face: Homelessness in America
15-Number of U.S. “Working Poor” Is on the Increase
16-How Hard Is Poverty Hitting Your County?
A map of changes in poverty, county by county.

17-Low-Income Working Families: The Growing Economic Gap
18-2 Years in Jail for Sitting on a Milk Crate? The Shocking Ways America Punishes Poor People Living on the Street (Hard Times, USA)
19-Desperate US students seek “arrangements”
20-Hard Times, USA: Would You Consider Thinking Differently About Poverty and Poor and Homeless People?
21-Steve Fraser, Another Day Older and Deeper in Debt
22-Tax Cuts or Tax Reform? (and the Implications for Inequality)
23-The Poverty Trap, English Version
24-This Week in Poverty: An Antipoverty Contract for 2013?
25-Today’s Anti-Social Security Propaganda
26-Top CEOs plan to loot US social programmes
27-Obama’s Failed State
28-The Poverty Trap, English Version.
29-The Circle of The Vulnerable Is Much Larger Than They Thought.
30-Two New Films Address American Poverty
31-Austerity’s “War on the Poor”: U.K. Edition.
32-Letter from BO as a response to Chained CPI
33-This Week in Poverty: American Winter
34-This Is What Happens When You Rip a Hole in the Safety Net
35-American Poverty
36-Budget to Include Social Security Cuts
37-Documentary 'A Place At The Table' Is A Call To Action On Hunger
38-Going to Bed Hungry
39-Report: Ohio Is Illegally Throwing Poor People In Jail For Owing Money
40-The Circle of The Vulnerable Is Wider Than They Think
41-This Week in Poverty: Sequestration, Housing, Homelessness
42-America is Ignoring Homeless Families
43-Profiting From Human Misery
44-The U.S. ranks 2nd in child poverty
45-U.S. ranks near bottom of UNICEF report on child well-being
46-The Real Numbers: Half of America in Poverty -- and It's Creeping Upward
47-U.S. Poverty: By the Numbers
48-Sorry, There's Been No Economic Recovery for Poor and Minority Households
49-Let Them Eat…Nothing At All by Marlene Martin - New Report Finds 1 in 6 in U.S. are Going Hungry
50-Why is the Federal Poverty Line So Far Off?
51-As holidays near, food stamp recipients face cut

52-Five Things You Might Have Missed on ‘Poverty Day’

53-Huge Spike In Poverty Among Elderly Women Catches Analysts By Surprise

54-Slapping the poor just for the hell of it

55-McDowell County, USA Has Close to Haiti's Life Expectancy: Welcome to Third World America: Many Americans, especially in the South, can look forward to dying far younger than their counterparts in Japan, Australia, New Zealand and much of Europe

56-Poverty Is Digging Deep

57-More Americans struggle to afford food: Poll
58-Soaring number of elderly U.S. women live in extreme poverty

59-The Real Hunger Games: Waiting lists for food aid have been growing for years—now almost 15 percent of the nation's elderly don't have enough to eat.

60-US food stamp assistance to be slashed next week

61-Min. Wage Workers Worse Off Than Servants In 1910

62-‘Are There No Workhouses?’ 2014: The Continuing War on the Poor

63-Blaming the Poor for Poverty

64-City Defends Decision To Close Homeless Shelter On Coldest Day Of Season

65-Democrats Protest $5 Billion Food Stamp Cut They Voted For

66-Doctors Slam Proposed Food Stamp Cuts: ‘The Dumbest Thing You Can Do Is Cut Nutrition’

67-Food stamp cuts coming soon, sponsored by Democrats (You read that correctly)

68-Homelessness Increases in U.S.

Homelessness Increases in U.S.
Homelessness Increases in U.S.

69-How much are you willing to pay to take food from the malnourished?

70-How to Cut Poverty in Half in Ten Years

71-In the U.S. 49.7 Million Are Now Poor, and 80% of the Total Population Is Near Poverty

72-K-12 student homelessness in US hits record high - report

73-Life in the Safety Net

74-Los Angeles to join New York and 50 other U.S. cities with ban on feeding homeless people

75-More Than 1 In 10 Americans Who Work Full Time Are Still Poor

76-Noam Chomsky: America Hates Its Poor - Linguist and philosopher Noam Chomsky on our country's brutal class warfare -- and why it's ultimately so one-sided

77-Photo Slideshow: Poverty in Today’s America

78-Poverty Increasing

79-REPORT: The Food Stamp Cuts The Media Won't Tell You About

80-More people homeless in NYC, LA

81-Report: Ohio Is Illegally Throwing Poor People In Jail For Owing Money

82-Study: Almost Half of Public School Students Are Now Low-Income - A new study reminds us that poverty is the giant backpack dragging down American students. 

83-Texas school tosses 6th grader’s breakfast in trash after he can’t pay 30 cents

84-The 49 states of rising child poverty

85-The Real 21st-Century Problem in Public Education is Poverty

86-The Real Numbers: Half of America in Poverty -- and It's Creeping Upward

87-The Time Has Come for $15 Minimum Wage

88-Tide Thefts, Cargo Hijacking And Cattle Rustling: Why Is An Epidemic Of Thievery Sweeping America?

89-In jail for being in debt

90-St. Louis Church Ordered To Stop Handing Out Hot Meals To The Homeless

91-A Modern-Day Debtors' Prison? Judges Push Back Against the South's Privatization Wave

92-Baltimore Steals from Homeless

93-Baton Rouge’s Rich Want New Town to Keep Poor Pupils Out: Taxes

94-Child Poverty in Rich Countries

95-Percent of Low Income Students in States: Teachers were Never the Problem

96-Farm Bill Cuts $8 Billion in Food Stamps, Preserves Handouts to Koch Industries

97-Florida Couple Fined, Threatened with Jail for Feeding Homeless

98-GDOT Sends Bulldozers for 40 Homeless Camping Under I-75/85 and I-20

99-Homeless: The New Normal

100-Houston-area mentor pays delinquent lunch accounts for more than 60 kids

101-How We Won — and Lost — the War on Poverty, in 6 Charts

102-Los Angeles to join New York and 50 other U.S. cities with ban on feeding homeless people

103-More Evidence That Half of America Is in or Near Poverty

104-More US Cities Are Cracking Down on Feeding the Homeless

105-Obama signing farm bill that trims food stamps

106-Obama signs food stamp cuts into law

107-Our Neoliberal President: Obama wants to privatize the Tennessee Valley Authority.

108-Pastor Blocked From Feeding The Homeless Because He Doesn’t Have A $500 Permit

109-President Obama signs $8.7 billion food stamp cut into law

110-Principal stopped school’s shaming free lunch kids with hand stamps, says it got her fired

111-Six Ways America Is Like a Third-World Country - Our society lags behind the rest of the developed world in education, health care, violence and more

113-STUDY: Economic Hardship Makes People More Racially Biased - A new psychology paper finds that people's subconscious racial biases worsen when they are made to feel that economic resources are scarce.

114-The Three Biggest Right-Wing Lies About Poverty

115-There’s a Class War Going On and the Poor Are Getting Their Butts Kicked

116-VIDEO: To Prison For Poverty

117-Welcome Home: The Rise of Tent Cities in the United States

118-Detroit Cuts Off Water To Poor People BUT Not Delinquent Businesses!

119-Detroit Shuts Off Water to Residents but Not to Businesses Who Owe Millions

120-VIDEO: Detroit Water Crisis is a Prelude to the Privatization of Water

121-President Obama signs $8.7 billion food stamp cut into law

122-WTF? Our Tax Dollars Are Being Spent to Jail a Vet for Being Poor

123-By the Numbers: US Poverty

124-Criminalization of Homelessness in U.S. Criticized by United Nations

125-Poverty Unchanged By Wall Street Recovery

126-43 Million People Kicked Out of Their Homes

127-More Than Half Of American Public Schoolchildren Now Live In Poverty: Study

128-Poverty-stricken neighborhoods almost triple in US

129-The 6-Step Process to Wipe Out the Poor Half of America

130-The National War on the Homeless Continues: Mass Eviction in San Jose

131-These Are The States Where Poor Students Are Most Likely To Have Inexperienced Teachers

132-This 88-year-old doctor treats the poor out of his Toyota Camry. Mississippi wants to punish him for it.

133-“We Are Entering the Age of Infinite Examination”

134-69-year-old Vietnam vet with throat cancer freezes to death after company shuts off his gas

135-The Answer to Homelessness? Reliable Employment.

136-Employers Complain of Rising Premiums, But Workers’ Comp Is at 25-Year Low

137-The Demolition of Workers’ Comp - Over the past decade, states have slashed workers’ compensation benefits, denying injured workers help when they need it most and shifting the costs of workplace accidents to taxpayers.

138-Reducing Our Obscene Level of Child Poverty

139-Punishing schools for child poverty doesn't help students

140-The American Labor Movement, 2.0 by Anthony Noel

141-1 in 4 US renters must use half their pay for housing costs

142-4 Numbers That Prove America Is a Deeply Messed-Up Place - The mainstream media rarely publishes facts like these.

143-7 remarkably cruel instances of class warfare in America: Since the Great Recession, it has been open season on the country's poor. Here are just a few of the lowlights

144-A Foreclosure Conveyor Belt: The Continuing Depopulation of Detroit

145-America’s staggering child poverty: These numbers speak for themselves - For every two homeless children in 2006, there are now three -- and that's not the most frightening statistic

146-Brewing Human Rights Crisis In Baltimore As City Threatens Mass Water Shutoffs - Residents warn move is part of global trend 'towards the commodification of our basic needs'

147-Criminalizing Poverty: A Toxic and Growing Phenomenon

148-Detroit Just Had the Single Largest Tax Foreclosure in American History: As many as 100,000 of the city's residents—about a seventh of the total number—are now on track for what many are calling an eviction "conveyor belt."

149-Guilty of Being Poor - When a community issues arrest warrants for more offenses than it has residents, something's deeply wrong.

150-How the New Flexible Economy Is Making Workers’ Lives Hell

151-How The World Bank Broke Its Promise To Protect The Poor

152-Los Angeles Seeks to Ban Homeless People from Sleeping in Cars And RV’s

153-Noam Chomsky: America hates its poor - Linguist and philosopher Noam Chomsky on our country's brutal class war -- and why it's ultimately so one-sided

154-How Big Media Ignores the Poor

155-Putting Families First: Good Jobs for All

156-Significant pension cuts loom for retirees

157-Texas woman invokes ‘religious freedom’ argument to fight $2000 fine for feeding the homeless

158-The Demolition of Workers’ Comp - Over the past decade, states have slashed workers’ compensation benefits, denying injured workers help when they need it most and shifting the costs of workplace accidents to taxpayers.

159-The Numbers Are Staggering: U.S. Is 'World Leader' in Child Poverty: The callousness of America's political and business leaders is shocking once you start looking at the numbers.

160-The Reality of Surviving Exhausting, Desperation-Inducing Poverty

161-The Rise of the Working Poor and the Non-Working Rich

162-This City Could Become The Next Detroit

163-Tomgram: Laura Gottesdiener, Another Round of Detroit Refugees?

164-What Recovery? Los Angeles Homeless Population Rises by 12%

165-Why America hates its poor - Two bills targeting social services in Kansas and Missouri offer a window into our twisted pathology

166-5 Facts That Show Half of America Is Seriously Struggling - The media celebrates "economic growth," while new data shows most Americans are barely surviving.

167-America’s never-ending war on poor people: Why “The Briefcase” is just the latest assault - As a new study from the CDC and a new show from CBS expose, America's attacks on the impoverished are relentless

168-We Are All Greeks Now by Chris Hedges

169-In the U.S. 49.7 Million Are Now Poor, and 80% of the Total Population Is Near Poverty

170-It’s Time to Stop Discarding the Elderly

171-New Orleans Katrina Pain Index at Ten: Who Was Left Behind

172-Ohio Child Poverty Rate On Rise

173-The numbers are staggering: US is ‘world leader’ in child poverty

174-High rent is forcing Las Vegas families to take to the sewers

175-To Prison for Poverty - To Prison for Poverty documents the system that enables private probation companies to profit from charging excessive fees to low income people who can't pay small fines like traffic tickets. If they can't pay, they go to jail.

176-Trying to Survive in a Broken Economy

177-What an Anti-Poverty Movement Looks Like (It’s Not What You Think)

178-What Recovery? Report Reveals Rising Poverty for Children in America - Annie E. Casey Foundation study finds recovery from Great Recession has left out children of color altogether

179-37 Facts About How Cruel This Economy Has Been To Millions Of Desperate American Families

180-America's permanent, ubiquitous tent-cities

181-Got heat? If you're poor, you'll have less than last winter because austerity rulzzzzzzz

182-In the U.S. 49.7 Million Are Now Poor, and 80% of the Total Population Is Near Poverty

183-Lunch Lady Who Gave Free Meal to Hungry Child Fired for ‘Theft’ (VIDEO)

184-Only in America: Four years into life, poor kids are already an entire year behind

185-Washington Post Promotes Dickensian Marketing Experiment on Poor Children

186-Alarming Number of Homeless, Hungry Americans Flood Major US Cities - The US capital increased its homeless population by more than 60 percent in 2015.

187-Chris Hedges Pity the Children

188-Disparity in Life Spans of the Rich and the Poor Is Growing

189-John Kasich and the Clintons Collaborated on Law That Helped Double Extreme Poverty - In 1996, the Clinton administration and congressional Republicans worked hand in hand to pass what they called the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act, colloquially known as “welfare reform.”

190-Nickel and Dimed in 2016 - It's been 15 years since Barbara Ehrenreich published her seminal book about what it's like to work for the minimum wage in America. Unfortunately, not much has changed.

191-Tomgram: Peter Van Buren, Minimum Wage, Minimum Chance

192-Majority of U.S. public school students are in poverty

193-L.A. Government Destroying Tiny Houses To Keep People Homeless

194-Michigan's poverty rate soars as income drops even in economic rebound, census shows

195-More Than a Dozen US Cities Destroy Homeless Camps Days Before Christmas

196-New Data Says 49.7 Million Are Now Poor, With 80% of the Total Population Near Poverty

197-Noam Chomsky: America hates its poor - Linguist and philosopher Noam Chomsky on our country's brutal class war -- and why it's ultimately so one-sided

198-Obama Signs $8.7 Billion Food Stamp Cut Into Law { More Cuts Will Follow To Other Social Programs }

199-Rich Kids Stay Rich, Poor Kids Stay Poor

200-Tomgram: Ann Jones, Social Democracy for Dummies

201-Why many low-income families have Internet access, but remain 'under-connected'

202-L.A. is seizing tiny homes from the homeless

203-After Enacting Highest Minimum Wage, This State Leads Nation In Job & Wage Growth

204-10 Reasons Why Homelessness Is More Common Now Than Just 20 Years Ago - More Americans living in major cities are precariously close to homelessness.

205-40% of Detroit Will be Deprived of Life Sustaining Water: the UN Investigates Human Rights Violations

206-Producing Poverty: The Public Cost of Low-Wage Production Jobs in Manufacturing

207-Democrats silent as one million lose food stamp benefits in the US

208-Detroit hits residents on water shut-offs as businesses slide

209-Disposable Americans: The Numbers are Growing

210-The winners have taken all: Middle class incomes are plummeting — with no relief in sight - The staggering reality is that half of America is in financial distress and at risk of falling deeper into debt

211-There has never been a country that should have been so rich but ended up this poor

212-How global tax evasion keeps poor countries poor

213-HUD Wants To Make Living In A Tiny House Or RV Illegal

214-John Kasich and the Clintons Collaborated on Law That Helped Double Extreme Poverty

215-New Data Says 49.7 Million Are Now Poor, With 80% of the Total Population Near Poverty

216-Nickel and Dimed in 2016 - It's been 15 years since Barbara Ehrenreich published her seminal book about what it's like to work for the minimum wage in America. Unfortunately, not much has changed.

217-Obama's Anti-Populist Agenda

218-The numbers are staggering: US is ‘world leader’ in child poverty

219-There’s Nothing Fair About Detroit’s Massive Water Shut Offs

220-Understanding the Squeeze on Millennials

221-US Government Declaring All Out War on Tiny House Living

222-USA: The World's Newest Third World Nation

223-Who Are the ‘Legitimate’ Poor? Someone once told me: “You are probably a part of a small percentage of moms and dads who are legitimate in their need.”

224-Whose Recovery? Many Americans Remain in Critical Condition

225-Is America Engaged In A 'Vicious Circle' Of Jailing The Poor?

226-21st Century Detroit-style Power and Struggle: The Detroit Literacy Case

227-America has unofficially declared war on the homeless - Anti-homeless laws are cruel, unconstitutional, and create more hardship for those targeted, making it harder for them to get back on their feet.

228-Black Wealth Has Fallen Further Under Barack Obama Than Under Any President Since the Depression

229-Church facing $12,000 fine for letting homeless people sleep on property

230-Coal Will Not Cure Global Poverty

231-How Jails Extort the Poor  (TED Talks)

232-Democrats Accept More Cuts in Food Stamp Program

233-Katrina and Other Catastrophes

234-Musician Builds Tiny Homes for the Homeless — City Promptly Seizes and Destroys Them

235-Older Americans Pushed Into Poverty as Feds Garnish Social Security for Student Debt

236-Oregon woman evicted from senior housing for $328 in late rent freezes to death in parking garage

237-That’s rich: Poverty level under Obama breaks 50-year record

238-President Obama signs $8.7 billion food stamp cut into law

239-The Globalization of Poverty: Inside the New World Order

240-All Hollowed Out: The lonely poverty of America’s white working class

241-Tomgram: Judith Coburn, On the Mean Streets of America

242-Why is the Federal Poverty Line So Far Off?

243-Why Obama Won’t Help Foreclosure Victims

244-Debtors’ Prison For Kids: Poor Children Incarcerated When Families Can’t Pay Juvenile Court Fees

245-Report Reveals The Reality Of Childhood Hunger In The U.S. - These statistics are startling.

246-Being Poor Is More Expensive Than You'd Think - For giant corporations, there's big money to be made on the backs of those who have no money.

247-5 Ways The Government Keeps Native Americans In Poverty

248-6 Cruel Moves Made by Local Governments Against the Poor - Republicans in the federal government aren't the only ones who punish people for being poor.

249-A journey through a land of extreme poverty: welcome to America

250-Alabama Has The Worst Poverty In The Developed World, U.N. Official Says

251-Behind the minimum wage fight, a sweeping failure to enforce the law - Raising hourly pay is a rallying cry for 2018, but states often fail to get workers the money that’s owed them.

252-California city confiscates toilets from homeless residents – forcing them to use buckets

253-California Has a System That Punishes the Poor Through Traffic Violations—Civil Rights Groups Are Starting to Change That

254-The Human Carnage From Billionaires Trying to Carve Up the Planet to Build Their Empires Is Astounding

255-Study: Black People Are 75 Percent More Likely to Live Near Toxic Oil and Gas Facilities - And they face serious health risks.

256-Extreme poverty in America: read the UN special monitor's report

257-Goodbye Middle Class: 51 Percent Of All American Workers Make Less Than 30,000 Dollars A Year

258-In the U.S. 49.7 Million Are Now Poor, and 80% of the Total Population Is Near Poverty

259-US has regressed to developing nation status, MIT economist warns - Peter Temin says 80 per cent of the population is burdened with debt and anxious about job security 

260-L.A. is seizing tiny homes from the homeless

261-NAFTA, The Cross-Border Disaster

262-Raw sewage, hookworm and civil rights: UN official shocked at poverty in rural Alabama

263-Sometimes the Poor Make It Big; Usually They Stay Poor - We'd be a better country if we didn't rig the game against those whose only mistake was to be born to poor parents.

264-Study By MIT Economist: U.S. Has Regressed To A Third-World Nation For Most Of Its Citizens

265-The House just passed a $1.5 trillion tax bill that’s brutal for poor people

266-Tomgram: Nomi Prins, You, Sir, Are No Alexander Hamilton 

267-‘People just give up’: Low-income hurricane victims slam federal relief programs Nine months after Harvey, middle-class Houston has recovered, but low-income neighborhoods are in disarray.

268-Cheating workers out of wages is easier than ever

269-In 83 Million Eviction Records, a Sweeping and Intimate New Look at Housing in America

270-New evidence shows that our anti-poverty programs, especially Social Security, work well

271-Parents Didn’t Want Fracking Near Their School. So the Oil Company Chose a Poorer School, Instead.  The first school was 77-percent white. The second is 87-percent students of color.

272-The United Nations Just Published a Scathing Indictment of US Poverty

273-Tomgram: Beverly Gologorsky, What Does Poverty Feel Like? 

274-Tomgram: Rajan Menon, The Wages of Poverty in America 

275-Still scraping by while the bankers celebrate

276-When 43% of Americans Can’t Pay for Food and Rent, We Can Safely Say the Economic Collapse Is HERE

277-Austerity results in 'social murder' according to new research

278-What keeps families in one of the most polluted places in California?

279-Half of Americans Are Effectively Poor Now. What The?  America’s Collapsing Because it’s the World’s First Poor Rich Country

280-Linking Popular Movements And Unions Is A Winning Strategy For Workers

281-More Millennials Are Dying 'Deaths of Despair,' as Overdose and Suicide Rates Climb

282-NYT Presents Social Security Cuts as ‘Solution’ to Problem of Social Security Cuts

283-Privatizing Poverty - How the poor became an alien population

284-U.N. report: With 40M in poverty, U.S. most unequal developed nation

285-Employers are underpaying workers $1.8 billion a year

286-What I’ve Learned About Unemployment And Being Poor After Applying For 215 Jobs

287-Yes, Half of Americans Are In or Near Poverty: Here's More Evidence  Too many Americans have been cheated out of opportunities to share in our nation's prosperity. The proof is overwhelming.

















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