Economists predict that the official US poverty rate will rise from 15.1 percent in 2010 to 15.7 percent of the population for 2011, making it the highest in 50 years!
That’s the conclusion of an Associated Press survey just released. The official government figures probably won’t be announced until November, limiting the time presidential hopefuls have to discuss the issue. Homeless people, like the woman pictured above, don’t usually vote anyway, so why should a busy, goal-oriented politician like Obama or Romney be concerned?
The poverty rate is still less than 16 percent of the population, and homelessness is probably below that. “Too bad for them, but so far, that’s not our problem.”
That attitude reminds me of a poem written by German pastor, Martin Niemöller (1892–1984)
First They Came
First they came for the communists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew.
Then they came for me
and there was no one left to speak out for me.
This was written about consequences of limiting our self-interests to only what currently affects us personally.
An increasingly large percentage of the population is being totally disregarded – swept under the rug, not unlike what happened to a segments of the population in Germany during Hitler’s reign.
Ever since the 1960’s War on Poverty was replaced by more traditional wars, poverty rates have been rising. Shifting more of our resources from foreign aid (most of which goes toward military expenditures) to domestic aid is only one obvious solution.
There are some common sense sustainable measures that our communities and country should initiate to deal with the issues of poverty and unemployment. To find out what you need to know and what you can do to help, sign up for this FREE seminar series on transformational economics, beginning August 5th. http://www.earthrights.net/