I have waited a few days to see what the MSM would say about this… but sadly Ukraine situation became hot and truckers were preparing to try and shutdown DC….so this report was of NO importance.
With the rise of inflation this problem will get worse.
The rise in child poverty is just not that worthy of a report….a problem that could have been resolved with needed funds given freely to a corrupt government to fight a war……
The number of children in America living in poverty jumped dramatically after just one month without the expanded child tax credit payments, according to a new study. Advocates fear the lapse in payments could unravel what they say were landmark achievements in poverty reduction, the AP reports. Columbia University’s Center on Poverty and Social Policy estimates 3.7 million more children were living in poverty by January—a 41% increase from December, when families received their last check. The federal aid started last July but ended after President Biden’s Build Back Better bill stalled in Congress. Payments of up to $300 per child were delivered directly to bank accounts monthly.
The Columbia study, which combines annual US Census data with information from the Census Bureau’s monthly Current Population Survey bulletins, found that the monthly child poverty rate increased from 12.1% in December to 17% in January. That’s the highest level since December 2020, when the US was grappling with high unemployment and a resurgence of COVID-19. Black and Latino children experienced the highest percentage point increases in poverty—5.9% and 7.1% respectively. Last week marked the second missed deposit of the year.
Megan Curran of the Center on Poverty and Social Policy said the sudden spike shows how quickly the payments became core to financial stability for millions of families. “It really had a huge impact right off the bat,” Curran said. “We saw food insecurity drop almost immediately as soon as the payments started … all of that progress that we made could now be lost.” Curran said the increase in children living in poverty could also partially reflect rising prices. The original goal of the child tax credit program was to cut nationwide child poverty in half.
The Pentagon budget is around $750 billion and little opposition politically….so that tells me that children and poverty in this country means NOTHING to the slugs in DC
For that matters means little to the American people….and that is the saddest part of this.
But let’s be honest….Russia, Ukraine and China are not the real problem they made out to be….but rather the rise in poverty here in this country….
Mainstream US media continues to celebrate the supposed strength of the US economy. Almost daily, headlines speak of hopeful numbers, sustainable growth, positive trends and constant gains. The reality on the ground, however, tells of something entirely different, which raises the questions: Are Americans being lied to? And for what purpose?
“US Economy Grew 1.7% in Fourth Quarter, Capping a Strong Year,” The New York Times reported. “US Economy Grew 5.7% in 2021, Fastest Full-Year Clip,” The Washington Post added. Reuters, Voice of America, The Financial Times, CNN, Market Watch and many others all concurred. But if that is the case, why then is US President Joe Biden’s approval rating at an all time low? And why are many Americans literally going hungry?
Here are some sobering numbers: 56% of all Americans cannot produce a meager $1,000 as an emergency expense from their existing savings, CNBC reported; 1 in 10 US adults have gone hungry last December as a result of poverty, Forbes.com reported; Columbia University Center on Poverty and Social Policy revealed that child poverty rate in the US stands at 17%, “one of the highest among developed countries”.
If American workers are studied separately from the larger population, the numbers are even more grim: three quarters of American workers said that “it was very or somewhat difficult to make ends meet,” according to a study conducted by Shift Project, and reported in NBC News online, 40% of the polled workers said that they are not able to come up with $400 in emergency money. But the most shocking of all, according to the same study, is that “around 20% said that they went hungry because they couldn’t afford enough to eat”.
Biden’s Real Challenge is Not Russia or China, but Poverty in America
If the MSM were truly the bringer of news then the focus should be on what is happening in our country….but then since corporate America owns the news….truth and accuracy is not their intent.
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Yes, the Main Stream News is corporate owned and therefore subject to corporate propaganda .. but what are you going to do when the alternative news sources are just as biased and just as bad at lying about things?
As to American Child poverty … I lived in poverty for the first 17 years of my life — and I somehow thrived. People can always find a way and necessity is still the mother of invention. There were no government programs to keep me afloat from the cradle to the grave when I was growing up and I managed to survive.
As to most American families not being able to scrape up a Thousand dollars for an emergency, I do not understand that because I have a reserve in excess of Forty Thousand in chump change for those small emergencies and “Most Americans” who chose to live within their means … not trying to outdo the Joneses … had every opportunity to do the same … unless they were the very rare exception. The very preponderance of American Government safety net programs and give aways is more than enough to float the average family comfortably through anything that might happen.
I disagree….your story may not be typical…..not everybody has the opportunity….chuq
There is no limit to opportunity in The United States. All it takes to get ahead is to have a burning desire. There are countless stories of people raising themselves out of poverty in The United States. Other than physical or mental limitations, perhaps, there is no excuse for anyone being poor in America.
I totally disagree….but that is why I am here. chuq
The welfare queens can always make a living. They are naturally equipped to do so… so no excuses.
is a construct by Reagan….that is only true in some minds. chuq
Construct by Reagan or not, the fact is there are a vast number of welfare recipients who are little more than drunks and dopers who have convinced the government to give them social security disability benefits (Using their addictions as the basis for receiving such benefits) and there are thousands of lazy idiots who wouldn’t work a job if you gave them one who have learned to game the system …I have lived in the midst of some of these at times … I have seen them trading the food they got at food distributions in exchange for a joint or some pills or cigarettes or booze …while their poor deprived little kids run around in dirty diapers …hollow eyed and hungry … being swept up by Child Sevices … There is too much of it. It needs to end.
I worked for 12 years for my regional housing authority and the average stay was 6-9 months before they moved on….now that may be different in other regions but all I can do is state what I saw here. chuq
Some politicians describe the United States as a nation unable (or unwilling) to address child poverty. One Presidential hopeful recently said that America has, “The moral obscenity of having the highest levels of child poverty in the industrialized world.” But in truth, child poverty in America has steadily declined for more than 50 years, and in 2018 (the most recent year of data we have), the child poverty rate was at an all-time low. When politicians and pundits suggest otherwise, not only do they mislead the American public, but they also make it harder to further America’s progress against child poverty.
In 2020 the child poverty went from 12.1% to 17%…that is not misleading…..and food insecurity is also rising…..chuq
A recent report here claimed that 30% of all children in Britain are living on or below what is considered to be the ‘poverty line’. The government ministers were asked about it, and declined to deny the fact. Instead, they made some unrelated comments about increasing benefit payments to cope with rising electricity prices. That makes me even more certain that it is their avowed policy to keep workers poor and needy.
Best wishes, Pete.
THey never have a good answer just more deflection and BS chuq