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GOP America: Eighty Percent Of U.S. Adults Facing Near-Poverty According To New Study

Whopping 4 out of 5 adults in the United States are battling poverty, joblessness, and the need for welfare at some point in their lives. The data collected by The Associated Press proves that our country’s economy is deteriorating, and the gap between rich and poor has reached a record-high.

President Obama has been pushing his administration to focus on this economic issue by saying in recent speeches that his biggest priority is to “rebuild ladders of opportunity” and fix the ever-growing issue of income inequality.

Nonwhite citizens make up the majority of our country; so one solution to this problem would be enhancing the public systems that help disadvantaged people. Racial barriers need to be broken in order for equality to be achieved in the workplace, and ultimately improve socioeconomic prestige for everyone.

Irene Salyers, a 52-year-old woman from Buchanan County, VA, who runs a fruit and vegetable stand with her boyfriend but relies primarily on government disability checks, spoke about this issue and how it has impacted her personally:

“If you do try to go apply for a job, they’re not hiring people, and they’re not paying that much to even go to work,” she said. She also stated that kids in the upcoming generations have “nothing better to do than to get on drugs.”

Our country is also seeing a universal economic insecurity for whites, with more than 76 percent of white adults facing poverty when they turn 60, according to a new gauge recorded by the Oxford University Press.

“Economic insecurity” is defined as a year or more a person goes without having a job and relying on government assistance and food stamps. This also relates to anyone with an income below 150 percent of the poverty line, according to the measurement. Seventy-nine percent of people are at risk for economic insecurity regardless of race.

William Julius Wilson, a race and poverty professor at Harvard, stated:

“It’s time that America comes to understand that many of the nation’s biggest disparities, from education and life expectancy to poverty, are increasingly due to economic class position.” He continued on to say, “There is the real possibility that white alienation will increase if steps are not taken to highlight and address inequality on a broad front.”

Wilson found that after Obama was elected, minorities were noted for having more optimism about their economic future than struggling whites. This could be due to the fact that, based on numbers, the prevalent race struggling with poverty is white. Forty-one percent of the nation’s poor are white families; 19 million of those people have fallen below the poverty line.

Demographers often times refer to these poor white people as “the invisible poor.” These low-income white families can be found mostly in Appalachia in the East, living in small suburbs and rural towns. Many of these people don’t have college degrees because labor jobs were easy to come by. Now, with jobs being so scarce, these people are relying on odd jobs, such as running a fruit and vegetable stand, or government checks and assistance.

Salyers was convicted a few years ago for abusing prescription pain pills, but she feels that shouldn’t be a reason for a company to not hire her when all she wants to do is provide for her family.

“It’s pretty hard,” she said. “Once the bills are paid, we might have $10 to our name.”

Something is going to have to give. The GOP cannot take away government assistance and refuse to raise minimum wage unless they want the deaths of thousands of American citizens on their hands. Oh wait, I guess that already happened.

About Erica King

Erica is from a small town in eastern Ohio where people think LGBT and HTML is basically the same thing, and ignorance is as common as gunshots and drug trafficking. Being immersed in this culture, or lack thereof, Erica has been left with a sour taste in her mouth for discrimination and unethical treatment of minorities that the Right Wing excuses because the Bible says so. Erica graduated with a Bachelors in English Writing from the University of Pittsburgh, but can't speak a lick of Pittsburghese.
  • Joe D

    The American people should realize that the GOP just wants SLAVES Only good that the 98% are is to be a market base and to serve to protect their assets overseas. I think on April 15th the 98% should plan a Massive Masada events around the nation and show the oppressors that the last act of a Free People is setting themselves Free

  • https://www.facebook.com/panx911 Pete Danger

    I think this article is total malarkey and the information not accurate. You’d see every car dealership out of business and Ford and the like shutting it’s doors for good. Are these people living in $300,00 homes and driving two BMW’s and then only have $10 left after bills…..well no kidding, imagine that. This is nothing more than sensationalism.

  • Jack King

    OMG! This sounds like something from FOX. Obama has been in charge for 6 years and this is the result?! Still, he and his minions will somehow blame others. But the finger pointing is wearing thin. People are tired of the excuses and want results. Sadly you’re going to have to wait a couple more years.

  • Susie Sotar

    What would help is if Obama focused on job creation instead of focusing on who needs welfare.

    • http://gravatar.com/mandersonn Mandy Andersonn

      Are you kidding? Focusing on those who NEED welfare IS a part of signaling the necessity of more job creation, something that the President has tried to steer the Congress into working on for years now. They’re more interested in voting on the repeal of “Obamacare” for the 60th time! Not one jobs bill has been able to get through the GOP controlled Congress, no matter how many times President Obama has tried to direct their attention to it. What more can he do?

    • Bob K

      He’s been trying for years. The Pelosi house passed 36 jobs creation bills and the Republicans, who had passed the tax cuts to help corporations outsource 56,000 factories and 3.5 million jobs filibustered every one of them. When you assign blame it helps if you nlame the guilty people.

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