Census shows 1 in 2 people are poor or low-income
"Squeezed by rising living costs, a record number of Americans nearly 1 in 2 have fallen into poverty or are scraping by on earnings that classify them as low income.
The latest census data depict a middle class that's shrinking as unemployment stays high and the government's safety net frays. The new numbers follow years of stagnating wages for the middle class that have hurt millions of workers and families."
What might be the reasons why 1 in 2 people are considered poor or low-income?
Is it the recession?
Is it inflation?
Is it unemployment?
Is it low wages because of lower job skills?
Is it a lack of education and job skills?
Is it a geographic issue?
Is it an aging issue?
Is it a population issue?
"There's no doubt the recession has thrown a lot of people out of work and incomes have fallen," Rector said. "As we come out of recession, it will be important that these programs promote self-sufficiency rather than dependence and encourage people to look for work."
Depending on the reasons listed above, can all of them be overcome by our citizenry in order to promote self-sufficiency rather than dependence on others and government? IMO I don't believe most of us can do this...