This morning's headlines in the Wilmington Star-News trumpeted a US Census report that over 43 million US citizens (and goodness knows how many non-citizens) are living at or below the federally defined poverty level.
Think of it this way: This is equivalent to everyone in these 23 states plus the District of Columbia living in poverty.
New Mexico 2,009,671
West Virginia 1,819,777
New Hamp 1,324,575
Rhode Island 1,053,209
South Dak 812,383
North Dak 646,844
District Col 599,657
I think this helps put a face to the impersonal "14.3%" of the population.
What a travesty...and some of the schmucks in Congress are saying "get a job?" What job? The local IHOP has a waiting list of over 80 people hoping to get a job as a waitress.
If this isn't a wake-up call, I don't know what is.