Growing Poverty in the "Richest" Country

September 16, 2003

Nearly 35 million Americans, including 12.2 million children, lived in poverty in 2002, according to the latest report of the Census Bureau.

The government classifies a family of 4 as below the poverty-line if their income is less than $18,000/year; for a single adult the poverty line is $9,200.

The Census Bureau report also revealed that the number of people living in poverty increased by 1.3 million last year even though the economy was officially "in recovery."

Twenty percent of Americans cannot even eke out a secure subsistence even while the government lavishes tax breaks and handouts on the billionaires, advertises American capitalism as the "best system in the world" and exports, by force of arms, this system of inequality and exploitation to the far corners of the globe.