Join today and you can easily save your favourite articles, join in the conversation and comment, plus select which news your want direct to your inbox. According to the census, in 2011, 15 per cent of all Americans lived below the poverty line. THERE were startling statistics out of the US Census Bureau during the week, yet they received little coverage. Pallets are specifically designed for transport and delivery – so cost is negligible when carrying shipments of food, medicine and other types of aid to refugees. About Off Grid WorldAll about off grid living, living off the grid, sustainable living, homesteading, prepping, survival, solar power, wind power, renewable energy, permaculture, hydroponics, recycling, DIY projects, and natural building. They reveal the enormous stakes in this year's presidential election, yet they're a minor story.
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Because sadly, no, shamefully, these figures are not new.I'm talking about poverty in the United States. According to the census folks, in 2011, 15 per cent of all Americans lived below the poverty line. I want that to sink in a moment - one in four American children live in poverty, and nearly three million of those kids are listed as being in ''deep poverty'', meaning their family's income is less than $US12,000 a year.Everything about these figures is outrageous. And the poverty line is a joke - for a family of four, it means earning less than $US23,021 ($A21,730) in 2011. If I told you six million kids in an obscure African country were facing hunger and an uncertain future, you'd feel an urge to donate to World Vision.
Yet this is happening in a country that calls itself a democratic, free and open superpower.The Census Bureau says government programs like food stamps and unemployment benefits are keeping millions from slipping into worse trouble.

But one of the few demographic groups where Mitt gets more support than Obama is white, working class folk - many of those very people fighting the poverty line on a weekly basis. But just like an alcoholic, nothing can happen until America takes a good hard look at itself, accepts there's a genuine crisis, right here, right now, and takes off the beer goggles. Don't get your hopes up.Tim Schildberger is a writer, TV producer and proud former Canberra resident who has lived in Los Angeles since 1997.

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