Some Notes on Poverty and the Responsibility of Government

Published on political affairs pa, by Frank Chapman, 2-22-2010.

… The U.S. Census Bureau released in November, 2009 a report on poverty, healthcare insurance and unemployment. This report covers the period the period 2007-2008 and makes the following points:

That there are 39,108,422 people living in poverty in the United States. States with the largest cities are of course the hardest hit. E.g. California has 4,781,201, New York 2,595,816, Florida 2,375,225, Ohio 1,489,314, Pennsylvania 1,454,240, Michigan 1,402,738 and Georgia 1,388,959 people living in dire poverty. 

13,240,870 people who live in poverty are under 18. Also living in poverty are 8,549,526 who are five to 17 years old and 4,369,698 who are under the age of five. Many of those who live in poverty are without health insurance, and this is particularly true of the unemployed. From 2007-2008 health insurance increased to 10.8 percent and 21.3 million persons for non-Hispanic Whites from 10.4 percent and 20.5 million persons in 2007. There was 7.3 million uninsured African Americans in 2008 which was a decrease from 8.1 million in 2007. From 2007-2008 the number of Whites uninsured remained at about 14.6 million. This gives a total of 43.2 million uninsured men, women and children. It is estimated that about 46,000 will die this year because they can’t afford to buy health insurance …

… In the last eight years we have seen one of the most massive transfers of wealth from the working masses to the wealthy few in the history of our country, consequently economic reforms must be focused on jobs and job creation as well as instituting anti-trust measures and bringing an end to the rule of the Wall Street barons. (full text).

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