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Mon Dec 14, 2015, 10:09 PM

A Holiday Note to Congress: Half of Your Country is In or Near Poverty

A Holiday Note to Congress: Half of Your Country is In or Near Poverty
Published by Common Dreams, 12/14/2015
by Paul Buchheit



Recent reports have documented the growing rates of impoverishment in the U.S., and new information surfacing in the past 12 months shows that the trend is continuing, and probably worsening.

Congress should be filled with guilt -- and shame -- for failing to deal with the enormous wealth disparities that are turning our country into the equivalent of a 3rd-world nation.

Half of Americans Make Less than a Living Wage

According to the Social Security Administration, over half of Americans make less than $30,000 per year.

That's less than an appropriate average living wage of $16.87 per hour, as calculated by Alliance for a Just Society (AJS), and it's not enough -- even with two full-time workers -- to attain an "adequate but modest living standard" for a family of four, which at the median is over $60,000, according to the Economic Policy Institute.

AJS also found that there are 7 job seekers for every job opening that pays enough ($15/hr) for a single adult to make ends meet.

Half of Americans Have No Savings

A study by Go Banking Rates reveals that nearly 50 percent of Americans have no savings. Over 70 percent of us have less than $1,000. Pew Research supports this finding with survey results that show nearly half of American households spending more than they earn. The lack of savings is particularly evident with young adults, who went from a five-percent savings rate before the recession to a negative savings rate today.

Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman summarize: "Since the bottom half of the distribution always owns close to zero wealth on net, the bottom 90% wealth share is the same as the share of wealth owned by top 50-90% families."

Nearly Two-Thirds of Americans Can't Afford to Fix Their Cars

The Wall Street Journal reported on a Bankrate study, which found 62 percent of Americans without the available funds for a $500 brake job. A Federal Reserve survey found that nearly half of respondents could not cover a $400 emergency expense.

It's continually getting worse, even at upper-middle-class levels. The Wall Street Journal recently reported on a JP Morgan study's conclusion that "the bottom 80% of households by income lack sufficient savings to cover the type of volatility observed in income and spending." ....

But wait, there's more....Read the rest~
http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/12/14/holiday-note-congress-half-your-country-or-near-poverty

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....However, we ALL know the MOST important thing to concern ourselves with is that we are sure to say "Merry Christmas" and NOT "Happy Holidays."

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smirkymonkey Dec 2015 #1
daleanime Dec 2015 #2
TygrBright Dec 2015 #3
appalachiablue Dec 2015 #4
senz Dec 2015 #5
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Response to RiverLover (Original post)

Mon Dec 14, 2015, 10:30 PM

1. K&R

In a country as rich as ours, that is truly shameful! Sickening, really.

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Response to RiverLover (Original post)

Mon Dec 14, 2015, 10:41 PM

2. Amen.....

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Response to RiverLover (Original post)

Tue Dec 15, 2015, 12:39 AM

3. Okay, half the country...

...but it's not the IMPORTANT half.



wearily,
Bright

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Tue Dec 15, 2015, 12:55 AM

4. K & R. Paul Buchheit is always great. Shame on this corrupt system that has to end.

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Response to RiverLover (Original post)

Tue Dec 15, 2015, 01:25 AM

5. Only one candidate seems to care about it

 

and he's the one we need in the presidency.

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Response to senz (Reply #5)

Tue Dec 15, 2015, 06:00 PM

6. Amen.

Neither Republican, nor Wall Street Loving Republican-Lite is going to get us out of this mess.

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