03 April 2013

Poverty on the Rise

Yes, I admit, I still rely upon the Drudge Report news aggregator (along with Twitter) to point me in newsworthy directions.  

This morning's front page was particularly disturbing:

First, from Yahoo! on the prospective decreases in federal funding for poverty programs:

Such success stories are in danger as $85 billion in federal government spending cuts begin squeezing services for the poor nationwide. The cuts started kicking in automatically on March 1 after feuding Democrats and Republicans failed to agree on a better plan for addressing the national deficit. They are hitting at a time of spiking poverty as the U.S. slowly climbs out of the deepest economic downturn since the Great Depression of the 1930s.
Read the rest here

And even more disturbingly (as if that were possible):

The U.S. Census Bureau determined that 25.1 percent of African-American households and 29.2 percent of households with children are food insecure. 
"While there are indicators that the economy is recovering, children and ethnic minorities that were disproportionately impacted during the recession continue to struggle and lag behind in the recovery," explained Leonetta Elaiho, director of Youth and Community Engagement, U.S. Programs at World Vision, in an email statement to The Christian Post.
Read the rest here.

Of course, there are a whole series of explanations for this.  Many Catholics will trumpet the "Ryan Budget" as displaying the best of Catholic Social Teaching; others will not.

Nevertheless the bare statistics are startling and may serve (one would hope) as a call to action.

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