Le peuple américain n’a jamais été aussi pauvre depuis 52 ans

Bravo ! M. les politiciens, beaux résultats.

Des politiciens qui travaillent :

·         Pour satisfaire les groupes d'intérêts, comme les gens de la finance et les multinationales.

·         Une mondialisation qui détruit plus d’emplois, qu’elle en crée.

·         Ajouter des bonbons empoisonnés que l'on donne aux peuples pour les calmés qui sont au-dessus de la capacité financière de l'État.

·         Ajouter du crédit facile, pour que le peuple puisse surconsommer, mais qui s’étouffe en même temps à cause de leur surendettement.

Constat, le peuple américain n’a jamais été aussi pauvre depuis 52 ans.


La pauvreté a gagné du terrain aux États-Unis en 2010 et touche désormais 46,2 millions de personnes alors que l'économie américaine peine à rebondir après la récession, selon des chiffres publiés mardi par le Bureau national des statistiques (Census).

Dans son rapport, le Census précise que le nombre de pauvres de la première économie mondiale a augmenté de 0,8 % l'année dernière pour atteindre 15,1% de la population nationale.

Il s'agit du plus haut taux de pauvreté jamais atteint depuis le
début de la publication de ce rapport,
il y a 52 ans.

Le revenu moyen d'une famille américaine a diminué de 2,3 % à 49 445 dollars annuels et le nombre d'Américains qui ne disposent d'aucune assurance maladie stagne autour des 50 millions de personnes.

La dégradation de la situation économique américaine devrait se poursuivre en 2011 au vu de la baisse de la croissance, du chômage qui se maintient à 9 % et de craintes entourant un retour en récession de l'économie.


Extrait de : US poverty reaches record levels, By Matt Kennard and Shannon Bond in New York, FT, September 13

More Americans are living in poverty than at any time since records began more than 50 years ago as a weak economic recovery has failed to lift incomes.

In 2010, 46.2m people fell below the poverty line, calculated as an annual income of $22,314 for a family of four and $11,139 for an individual, according to the Census Bureau

American poverty

The increase lifted the poverty rate to 15.1 per cent of the US population, the highest since 1993 and almost 1 percentage point higher than the year before, according to the US census bureau. It will add to pressure on Barack Obama to stimulate the jobs market, where unemployment stands at 9.1 per cent.

“To have hit 15.1 per cent is truly extraordinary,” said Alice O’Connor, a professor who studies poverty at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

We are entering territory which looks like the period before we even started fighting a ‘War on Poverty’ in the 1960s. It’s quite stunning. This is a terrible statement about the depths of the Great Recession but, even more, about the recovery, which has clearly left the poorest out completely.”

The aftermath of the recession has seen a “two-speed”

1.      recovery for Americans, as the wealthiest maintain their spending habits and lifestyles

2.      while a record number of their fellow citizens are mired in poverty.

The median household income of Americans dropped 2.3 per cent in 2010 from the previous year, hit by increasing long-term unemployment which has depressed wages and left many without income. Median wages peaked in 1999 and are still 7 per cent below that level, suggesting that incomes have never fully recovered from the downturn the followed the dotcom bust.

The number of Americans without health insurance also rose by nearly 1m people to 49.9m. “Income down, poverty up, health insurance coverage down or flat. The news on economic well-being in the US is not good,” said Ron Haskins, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.

Nearly a quarter of American children are living in poverty. Their number increased for the fourth year in a row to 22 per cent, the highest since 1993. Child poverty was the fourth highest in 2010 since the mid-1960s, when the federal “War on Poverty’ was launched by President Lyndon Johnson.

Analysts do not expect a turnround any time soon. “Given the widely accepted projections that both unemployment and, in particular, long-term unemployment will continue at high rates for the next several years, we can expect this pattern of continuing low income and high poverty rates for many years,” Mr Haskins added.

Meanwhile, on the same day as the poverty figures were announced, Ipsos Mendelsohn, the media research group, released figures that show things are apparently looking up for the top tier of US earners.

The group’s annual survey of affluent Americans found that the number of households making more than $100,000 a year was 44.2m in 2011, compared with 44.1m the previous year. Their spending held steady at $1,400bn after previously falling.

“Their life has stabilised,” said Bob Shullman, Ipsos Mendelsohn president. “Everyone feels it when their income falls but, when you have less discretionary income, you feel it more. It doesn’t hurt [the rich] as much.”

The survey, which polled 14,405 wealthy adults, found “almost all affluents are planning a wide range of activities in the next year, with travelling, remodelling, and investing topping this list”.

However, the latest census figures underscore the difficulties facing the US federal and state governments as they seek to reduce deficits and help growing numbers of the poor. Republicans in Washington have targeted programmes that subsidise healthcare for the poor and elderly, Medicaid and Medicare, as well as Social Security benefits for the elderly.

If planned cutbacks take effect and unemployment remains high, analysts predict that life for the poor and middle class will become even harder.

According to Brookings, the poverty rate will continue to rise and hit 16 per cent in 2014. If that happens, nearly 10m Americans will have sunk into poverty since the recession began in 2007. The latest figures showing the divergence between the recovery of the rich and poor come as Mr Obama pushes the $447bn jobs plan unveiled last week. The White House has said it wants to fund most of the package through curbing tax breaks for the richest.

At the same time, the growing income gap is worrying policymakers who are concerned about the effects on aggregate demand if wages continue to stagnate.

In 2009, the median full-time male worker aged 25-64
was earning $48,000 – roughly the same as in 1969 in real terms.

Incroyable, la mondialisation allait vous donnez prospérité et bonheur, belle arnaque, difficile de compétitionner un chinois qui fait dix fois moins que toi, et aussi brillant et entreprenant que toi.

Pas d’augmentation, et même réduction de ton salaire, sans cela on délocalise.

Meanwhile, in the same 40-year period, the income of the top 2 per cent of working age men has jumped 75 per cent.


Extrait de: 46.2 Million People in Poverty for 2010, Robert Oak The economic populist, 09/13/2011

The Census released a comprehensive report on poverty, income and health insurance coverage in the United States for 2010. There were 46.18 million people living in poverty, in the United States. The Census population for 2010 was 305,688,000. This means that 15.1% of people in the United States are below the poverty thresholds, or one in 6.6 people.

52 % poverty

This is the highest number of people living in poverty for 52 years. To really grasp how dire the situation is, one needs to know the United States poverty levels, shown in the table below.

The total number of households was 118,682,000 for 2010. The Census likes to group people by families instead of individuals.

Poverty Thresholds

As we can see from the above table, when one is an individual, the poverty rates are unbelievably, unrealistically low. That's $928.25 per month for one person. Think about it. How many places in the United States can you rent a studio, or 1 bedroom for that $928/month, never mind buy gas, clothing and even shampoo. Food stamp eligibility is based on the above poverty thresholds as well.

Women and single mother poverty levels are out of the stratosphere.

1.      46.9% of all kids living in poverty are with single mothers.

2.      31.6% of all female householders are in poverty. A householder is defined as the one who pays the rent or mortgage.

In other words, just being having a kid and an a dead-beat Dad gives you almost an almost 50-50 chance of ending up in poverty.

22% of all kids are living in poverty, or 1 in 4.5. Since you don't have fractional people (yet), basically one in 4 kids are living in poverty.

If you are disabled, between the ages of 16 and 64, the poverty rate is 27.9%. Literally being an independent female guarantees being poor more than being hit by a car or injured to the point of being disabled

27.4% of the 38,965,000 black people are in poverty, up 1.6% from 2009 and Hispanics are 26.6% of the 49,869,000 total. Bear in mind the Census refuses to categorize anyone by immigration status, so the Hispanic numbers have illegal immigrants in the tally. The Census also doesn't break down the Hispanics by real country of origin, but includes Mexico. 26.7% of 21,403,000 people who are not born in the United States and also not citizens are living in poverty.

Younger people with parents are in luck. The moving back in, or doubling up as the Census calls it, increased by 2 million from 2007 to Spring 2011.

Doubled-up households are defined as households that include at least one "additional" adult: a person 18 or older who is not enrolled in school and is not the householder, spouse or cohabiting partner of the householder. In spring 2007, prior to the recession, doubled-up households totaled 19.7 million. By spring 2011, the number of doubled-up households had increased by 2.0 million to 21.8 million and the percent rose by 1.3 percentage points from 17.0 percent to 18.3 percent.

14.2% of young adults, ages 25-34, are living with Mom and Dad. If Mom and Dad weren't around, the Census estimates an astounding 45.3% of this age group has an income below the poverty threshold for a single individual under the age of 65. That's almost half!

From this report, any one claiming the United States is sinking into 3rd world status hasn't done a statistical reality check. We're already there.