The number of Americans living at or below the poverty line will reach its highest point since President Johnson’s declaration of war on poverty in 1964. It’s estimated that the percentage of Americans living in poverty will increase to 15.7 percent this year. That statistic only represents the people who live below the official poverty level. There are twice that number of people who are living near poverty. One half of all jobs in the U.S. today now pay less than $35,000 a year. Adjusted for inflation, that’s one of the lowest rates in decades.
America is losing the war on poverty. To any politician who contends otherwise, I suggest a trip to the local library. He will find evidence of this losing battle not in the detailed words or outlined numbers in the books amongst the shelves, but seated. The public library’s most loyal patrons are the homeless.