More poor Americans?

That’s a surprise and not a surprise.

Surprise because the American government has announced economic expansion. But the thing is it is also expected to a certain extent — the trickle down did not happen, perhaps, isn’t.

Agence France Presse reported that the the gap between rich and poor in the United States is getting wider, and the number of “extremely impoverished” is at a three-decade high, a report out Saturday found.

Based on the latest available US census data from 2005, the McClatchy Newspapers analysis found that almost 16 million Americans live in “deep or severe poverty” defined as a family of four with two children earning less than $9,903 (Roughly about P500,000 at P49 = $1, which is already a fortune in the Philippines!)i — one half the federal poverty line figure.

For individuals the “deep poverty” threshold in the United States is income under $5,080 (A little more than P200,000 a year).

The report said they found that the number of severely poor Americans grew by 26 percent from 2000 to 2005,” the US newspaper chain reported, which 56 percent faster than the overall poverty population grew in the same period,” it noted.

The report added that the surge in poverty comes alongside an unusual economic expansion.

It just makes me think about the Philippine situation and looking at this western economy as a model..


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7 responses to “More poor Americans?”

  1. Jun P. says :

    Thats a fact,there are lots of poors and homeless in America just
    like the Philippines.But what makes it worst in the Philippines is that
    graft and corruption is rampant,particularly in the government agen-
    cies,lots of government officials were caught red-handed but still able
    to get away with it.

  2. San Juan says :

    I wish i could make $9,903 a year, my salary is only $4500 a year, well these ‘poor americans’ stop complaining and look at most people in Philippines who make just $1000 a year!

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  4. Brian says :

    Theres poor everywhere. I was in Davao for 2 weeks. I miss it. I live in the USA, but my fiancee is there. If I had the money to move there I would and try to open some businesses to help them. Atleast the poor here have agency’s and churches to help them. I don’t know what kind of support there is there. I have been praying for the people there. I don’t understand why a US friend in WW2 is so poor and the Japanese who killed both us and the filipino’s are so rich. We should have helped the Philippines and not Japan !!!

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