The staff of GOP Presidential hopeful Herman Cain must be having a hard time shielding him from all the tales of woe here in the U.S. this week, what with reports of increasing poverty on the part of those who, somehow, haven’t been able to work hard enough and grow rich enough as every American should.
A Gallup poll showing that, as a percentage of the population, families in the U.S. are having more trouble putting food on the table than in China tops this week’s list of stories on the latest U.S. growth sector – poverty. Details are provide in this story at the Huffington Post.
Millions of Americans are currently weathering the effects of a slow economic recovery. Many Chinese, meanwhile, find themselves struggling less to keep their families fed, according to a recent Gallup report.
Nearly 20 percent of Americans say they’ve had trouble putting food on the table in the past 12 months, up from nine percent in 2008, the Gallup report found. That’s compared to six percent of Chinese respondents, down from 16 percent in 2008.
And while the Chinese middle class is growing, the ranks of the U.S. poor are swelling. The nation’s poverty rate jumped to 15.1 percent in 2010, the Cenus Bureau announced last month, as the total number of Americans in poverty grew to 46.2 million.
This similar report has been atop the main page at Yahoo! for the last hour or so, one more in a series of stories on this subject that make it hard for anyone to avoid.