15 Shocking Poverty Statistics That Are
Skyrocketing As The American Middle Class
Continues To Be Slowly Wiped Out

Published on 09-13-2010


The "America" that so many of us have taken for granted for so many decades is literally disintegrating right in front of our eyes. Most Americans are still operating under the delusion that the United States will always be "the wealthiest nation" in the world and that our economy will always produce large numbers of high paying jobs and that the U.S. will always have a very large middle class. But that is not what is happening. The very foundations of the U.S. economy have rotted away and we now find ourselves on the verge of an economic collapse. Already, millions upon millions of Americans are slipping out of the middle class and into the devastating grip of poverty. Statistic after statistic proves that the middle class in the United States is shrinking month after month after month. Meanwhile, millions of Americans are starting to wake up and are beginning to realize that we have very serious problems on our hands, but they have no idea what is causing our economic distress and they are unaware that most of our politicians have absolutely no idea how to fix the economic disaster that we have created.

On the mainstream news, the American people are treated to endless footage of leaders from both political parties proclaiming that the primary reason that we are in the midst of such an economic mess is because of what the other political party has done.

Republicans proclaim that we are experiencing all of this economic chaos because of the Democrats.

Democrats proclaim that we are experiencing all of this economic chaos because of the Republicans.

Even many readers of this column (who are generally more educated and more informed than most average Americans) leave comment after comment blaming either the Democrats of the Republicans for our current economic mess.

But do you really want to know who is to blame for our economic problems?

Both of them.

This economic nightmare has taken literally decades to develop, and both Democrats and Republicans have contributed greatly to this disaster.

Both parties have absolutely refused to stand up to the Federal Reserve and the horrific economic policies that they have been shoving down our throats for decades.

Both parties have stood idly by as the U.S. trade deficit has absolutely exploded in size and the United States has become significantly poorer month after month after month.

Both parties have refused to do anything as month after month after month large numbers of factories and good paying jobs leave the United States.

Both parties have shoved the spending accelerator to the floor when they have been in power and now we have the largest national debt in the history of the world.

Both parties have done essentially nothing as the health care industry, which was once the envy of the world, has degenerated into a cesspool of corruption and greed and now seems designed to do little more than to provide pharmaceutical companies and health insurance crooks with obscene profits.

If factories keep leaving the United States and jobs keep leaving the United States and the federal government keeps going into more debt and state governments keep going into more debt and local governments keep going into more debt, then things are going to keep getting worse.

It does not take a genius to figure that out.

The United States is continually getting poorer and is continually going into more debt.

Can anyone out there explain how that is a formula for economic prosperity?

Can anyone explain how that would work?

Please leave a comment and explain that to all of us if you can.

The truth is that as wealth continues to leave the United States and as the U.S. gets even deeper into debt, more Americans are going to become poor.

It really is that simple.

The following are 15 shocking poverty statistics that are skyrocketing as the American middle class continues to be slowly wiped out....

#1 Approximately 45 million Americans were living in poverty in 2009.
#1 2009年には約4千5百万人のアメリカ人が貧困層として暮していた。

#2 According to the Associated Press, experts believe that 2009 saw the largest single year increase in the U.S. poverty rate since the U.S. government began calculating poverty figures back in 1959.
#2 アソシエイテドプレスによると2009年は米合衆国政府が1959年に貧困統計を取り始めてから貧困率が最高の拡大を見せた年だと専門家達は信じているとの事である。

#3 The U.S. poverty rate is now the third worst among the developed nations tracked by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
#3 オーガニゼーション フォー エコノミック コワポレイション&デヴェロップメントによっての調査では米合衆国は先進諸国の中で貧困率が第三位である。

#4 According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, on a year-over-year basis, household participation in the food stamp program has increased 20.28%.
#4 米合衆国農務省によると前後した年を比較すると家族単位の生活保護者用の食券への参加は20,28%と言う事である。

#5 The number of Americans on food stamps surpassed 41 million for the first time ever in June.
#5 生活保護家庭用食品券を支給されている人口は此の6月で4千百万万人を超えた。

#6 As of June, the number of Americans on food stamps had set a new all-time record for 19 consecutive months.
#6 6月時点で生活保護家庭用食品券の支給を受けている人口は19ヶ月連続で歴史的記録を作った。

#7 One out of every six Americans is now being served by at least one government anti-poverty program.
#7 6人中1人のアメリカ人は何らかの政府による貧困対策の援助を受けている。

#8 More than 50 million Americans are now on Medicaid, the U.S. government health care program designed principally to help the poor.
#8 現在5千万人以上のアメリカ人が米合衆国政府によって主に低所得者支援の為に作られた医療保険制度であるメディケアに所属している。

#9 One out of every seven mortgages in the United States was either delinquent or in foreclosure during the first quarter of 2010.
#9 米合衆国内の2010年第1四半期の7件の住宅ローンの内1件は義務不履行か若しくは差し押さえられている。

#10 Nearly 10 million Americans now receive unemployment insurance, which is almost four times as many as were receiving it in 2007.
#10 殆ど1千万人のアメリカ人が現在失業保険を受け取っている。此れは2007年に失業保険を受け取っていた人口の4倍にも値する。

#11 The number of Americans receiving long-term unemployment benefits has risen over 60 percent in just the past year.
#11 長期間の失業手当を受けているアメリカ人の人口は昨年だけで60%増加した。

#12 According to one recent survey, 28% of all U.S. households have at least one member that is looking for a full-time job.
#12 最近の或る調査によると米合衆国の28%の家庭で少なくとも1人がフルタイムの仕事を探している。

#13 Nationwide, bankruptcy filings rose 20 percent in the 12 month period ending June 30th.
#13 6月30日までの12ヶ月間で全米での破産申告率は20%増加した。

#14 More than 25 percent of all Americans now have a credit score below 599.
#14 25%以上のアメリカ人口の25%以上はクレディットスコアーが599以下である。

Credit scoreクレディットスコアー個人の財政的信用度。FICOと言う民間企業が決める個人の財政的信用度!例えばアパートを借りる時等此のクレディットスコアーが低いと拒否される。スコアーは300点~850点で600点以下は経済的に信用出来ないと判断され。620点が評価の分かれ目で640点以上はマアマア良い。650以上が普通の評価とされ690~720点は優秀とされている。民間企業が国民の生活や人生を左右しているのです。

#15 One out of every five children in the United States is now living in poverty.
#15 現在米合衆国の5人中1人の児童が貧困生活を送っている。

As millions more Americans continue to climb on to the "safety net", how long is it going to be before it breaks?

The reality is that the system can only support so many people. We are now at a point where our anti-poverty programs are clearly unsustainable in the long-term, but nobody has a solution for how we are going to get all of these people off of these programs or how we are going to provide good jobs for all of them.

The cost of every U.S. government anti-poverty program is absolutely soaring. Meanwhile, the U.S. government is already running a budget deficit that is approaching 1.5 trillion dollars every year. If you cannot understand that we have a very serious problem on our hands then you are probably not awake.

The U.S. economic system is dying. Blaming the other political party is not a solution. Running around the country offering "hope" and "change" and giving people a vague sense that things will get "better" soon is not going to cut it either.

The American people need very real economic solutions to very real economic problems.

But nearly all of our politicians are way too busy either trying to get elected or trying to stay in office to tackle the very serious problems which are destroying our economy.

Unfortunately, the American people love to watch our politicians play politics. They love to watch the little ping-pong ball of blame go back and forth. They love to pick sides and to cheer for their "team".

None of that is doing any good. Right now millions of Americans are getting sucked into poverty each year and neither major political party is doing anything real to address the very real economic problems that are causing that to happen.

But most Americans have become so "dumbed down" that they don't even understand what the real problems are anymore.

All most Americans seem to want these days is to watch a good show.

So send in the clowns.

There are certainly enough of them in Washington D.C. to keep Americans entertained for quite a long time.

ejnews: 日本でもアメリカの経済的惨状は良く伝えられてると思いますが今回のリセッションではアメリカの社会機能、倫理の崩壊が顕著に現われていてThe Great Depressionグレイトディプレッションと呼ばれている1929年に始まり第二次世界大戦よって終結した世界的景気後退と同規模ではないかとも感じられます。1929年当時はアメリカは世界の工場として巨大な生産能力を有していたのですが現在のアメリカはレーガン大統領政権以来製品を生産する機能を殆ど海外に移してしまった為前回の大恐慌当時とは違い庶民の経済力回復は非常に困難では無いのか、又現在前の大恐慌時とは違って当時目に付いたホームレス等の存在が余り目に付かないのはフランクリンD.ルーズヴェルト政権下で設立された社会主義的思想に基づいて始められた社会保障政策が現在でも細々と機能していて当時の様に無職の市民は全く政府からの生活保護が無いと言う状態ではないと言う社会環境の相違によってであって若しルーズヴェルト政権下の政治改革が無ければ今回のリセッションは大恐慌時代と同様の惨状ではないのかと言う記事を良く読みます。
又恐慌時代は旱魃と農地管理の失敗で表土が土埃の嵐となって失われたダストボウルDust Bowlの時代と同時期で、恐慌とダストボウルによって多くの白人と主にチェロキーインデアンを先祖に持つ人々がOkieオキー(オクラホマ人の短縮した呼び方(軽蔑的)。実際はテキサス、アーカンソー、ミズーリ州などの住民が多く含まれていた)と呼ばれる集団となってカリフォルニア州等の西海岸諸州に移住した事は有名で彼等の中には後にフォークミュージックのシンボル的存在のWoody Guthrieウディーガスリーも含まれていたのです。
と言う事で今日のミュージックは大恐慌時代にフォークソングミュージッシャンとして有名になったオキーとしてカリフォルニアに移住したウディーガスリーWoody Guthrieの“ホーボーズ ララバイ(ホーボーの子守唄)”でありまする。ホーボーは19世紀末の景気後退時に貨物列車にただ乗りして町から町へと仕事を求めて移動した事で知られている人々の集団の事でウディーガスリーもオキーとしてカリフォルニアに移住した為此の曲を作ったのだと思います。ウディーガスリーはフォークソング時代を経験している日本人にフォークソングの伝説的存在として知られていて、息子のアルローガスリーArlo Guthrieもフォークミュージッシャンで彼のアルバムを映画化したAlice's Restaurant(アリスのレストラン)を覚えている方も多いと思います。--- 又昔の話---------。

Hobo's Lullaby
ホーボーズ ララバイ(ホーボーの子守唄)

Go to sleep you weary hobo
Let the towns drift slowly by
Listen to the steel rails hummin'
That's the hobo's lullaby
do not think 'bout tomorrow
Let tomorrow come and go
Tonight you got in a nice warm boxcar
Safe from all that wind and snow

I know the police cause you trouble
They cause trouble everywhere
But when you die and go to Heaven
You'll find no policemen there
So go to sleep you weary hobo
Let the towns drift slowly by
Listen to the steel rails hummin'
That's a hobo's lullaby

Hobo's Lullaby - Woody Guthrie

Woody Guthrie & Emmylou Harris - "Hobo's Lullaby "

エミールー ハリスのホーボーの子守唄ですが歌詞が一寸違っています

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Famed Stuntman Scales SF Skyscraper


Don’t call him Spiderman. Dan Goodwin is a man with his own nickname – and mission.
The daredevil known as Skyscraper Man has left his mark on towering buildings around the world and on Monday, made an appearance -- and caused quite a scene -- in San Francisco.
Goodwin was spotted climbing the Millennium Tower in the City’s Financial District at about 2 p.m. He was climbing the 58-story building with no ropes and did not have permission for the stunt.

Dozens of people watched from the ground. Cops shut down Mission Street between Fremont and Beale and the fire department’s heavy rescue team was called in as a precaution.

Goodwin ignored orders to stop climbing and instead steadily made his way up the side of the building with a series of suction cups. He was about halfway up by about 4 p.m.
Officers and firefighters were waiting at the top of the building for Goodwin and arrested him when he made a safe landing at just about 5:30 p.m.

Goodwin carried an American flag to hang at the very top of the building, something he’s been known to do as part of his mission of trying to draw attention to the safety of skyscrapers. Firefighters helped Goodwin hang an American flag on the top of the building, presumably to help speed up the process so cops could arrest him.

A known daredevil, Goodwin has been known to shut down downtown areas as he scales skyscrapers. He usually chooses a holiday – like Labor Day. He has made his way up the 110-story Sears Tower, The World Trade Center and John Hancock Center in Chicago. He’s also scaled Yosemite’s El Capitan numerous times.

El Capitan(エル カピタン) ヨセミテ国立公園にある岩山。ロッククライミングで知られている。
First Published: Sep 6, 2010 6:06 PM PDT on NBC Bay Area

ejnews: 此れはNBCのニュースですが----------プリントニュースに書かれてない事がNBCのテレビニュースでは放送されていたのです。其れは下--------

ejews:(此のビデオは私がテレビモニターを撮影した物ですが映像が思ったよりも明確で驚きました。)兎に角、グッドウイン氏が3回吸盤が外れて死ぬほど緊張したとか世紀が替わった頃彼は癌に苦しんでいたとかスパイダーマンの生みの親スタン リーが『若し何かあった時出来る様なら人助けをしなければならないと言っていたので私は其の言葉をモットーにして来たとかMGMホテルで多くの死者がでた1年後高層ビル火災の新しい救助方法を広める為に高層ビルをよじ登ったとかの後ビデオの1分26秒経った時点でグッドウインは2000年に特殊部隊の訓練をしてくれないかと米軍部から接触を受け、理由は軍部の情報機関がワールドトレードセンターに対してテロ攻撃があると言う情報を得ているからだと説明されたと言っているのです!!!此れが本当だとしたらやはり米政府はワールドトレードセンターへのテロ攻撃を知っていたが何もしなかったと言う事になるんじゃない!!!フ~ン!そうするとテロリズムに対する戦いと言う言い訳はやはり計画的に進められた陰謀と言う事に-------------------!!!

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foggy night in nob hill


foggy night in nob hill 2
ナブヒルの霧の夜 2


golden gate bridge
ゴールデン ゲイト ブリッジ

ejnews: 最近一寸仕事を多くこなさなくてはならなくなり翻訳の時間が取りづらくなっていますが又時間を見て興味深い翻訳を再開する心算です。唯、ニュースと言う物は人間が変らない限り常に同じ事件が繰り返される訳ですから長い間ニュースを読んでいると何だか同じ事が何回も違った場所、人物、時間で繰り返されている様に感じられる様にもなる訳です。其処で次回からは歴史的に重要な文章やパンフレット、著書の紹介も考えています。

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