Poverty figures released last month by the US Census Bureau showed that in 2011 nearly one in six Americans were living in poverty (https://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/income_wealth/cb12-172.html; obtained on 10/1/2012). Here is an excerpt :
“FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 12, 2012
Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2011
Correction to Table A: The percent change in real median income for ‘not a citizen’ was originally incorrectly stated as a negative number. The correct percentage is 0.9.
The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that in 2011, median household income declined, the poverty rate was not statistically different from the previous year and the percentage of people without health insurance coverage decreased.
Real median household income in the United States in 2011 was $50,054, a 1.5 percent decline from the 2010 median and the second consecutive annual drop.
The nation’s official poverty rate in 2011 was 15.0 percent, with 46.2 million people in poverty. After three consecutive years of increases, neither the poverty rate nor the number of people in poverty were statistically different from the 2010 estimates.
The number of people without health insurance coverage declined from 50.0 million in 2010 to 48.6 million in 2011, as did the percentage without coverage – from 16.3 percent in 2010 to 15.7 percent in 2011.”
The US Presidential Candidates need to address Poverty and Hunger better — nationally and internationally.
With some exception such as the respective MSNBC television shows of Chris Hayes and Melissa Harris-Perry the mainstream media journalists and television hosts have appeared to generally neglect the needs of the poor based upon the wide sampling of print media, television media, and online internet media that the author has seen.
The US political system which can be classified as a Republic does appear to be beholden to those with power, those in leadership positions, and those who value material possessions and wealth and power. Empathy for others and especially those who suffer from poverty and hunger has not developed to a very high operational political level. The amount of money spent on specific types of lobbying as well as lobbying in general and the fact that politicians do often and overwhelmingly appear to be E (as the first or primary) Holland Codes are apparent symptoms of empathy not being developed well operationally. The Hygiology Post Six Part Series has addressed what does appear to be the causes of the past and current social conditions and has offered prescriptions to enhance empathy. The (copyrighted) Voter Scorecard can aid in addressing issues well all people believe are important.
The Hygiology Post article excerpt from 1-14-12 titled : “The Quest for Peace and Justice” : From Martin Luther King Jr. to the 2012 US Presidential Election does seem to address the current election needs well :
“All of the 2012 US Presidential Candidates apparently need to continue to address these three issues : Racial injustice, poverty, and war. The Hygiology Post challenges each 2012 US Presidential Candidate to address explicitly what he or she will do, if anything, to help ensure that all people have access to and can realistically obtain adequate nutritious food and health care independent of current and forecasted economic conditions.
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Louis DeCola, Jr. © 2012 The Hygiology Post