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U.S. hunger problems worse than China

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What happened to the once robust America, what about the world-famous ‘American Dream’, in which the USA once promised the possibility of prosperity and success for both its citizens and immigrants from around the world? The Obama administration should explain such failures to the American public.
Hit by the global recession 2008-2009 and now the stock market meltdown and debt crisis, the number of Americans who lack access to necessities like food and health care is now higher than it was at the peak of the 1930s Great Recession, a survey released Thursday found.
The number of Americans who cannot afford basic necessities are rising
And in a finding that could worsen fears of U.S. decline, the share of Americans struggling to put food on the table is now three times as large as the share of the Chinese population in the same position.
The recession officially ended in June 2009, but the halting recovery has not given a sustained boost to the number of Americans able to provide for themselves.
The United States’ Basic Index Score, a Gallup measure of access to necessities, fell to 81.4 in September, even lower than the 81.5 mark it reached in February and March 2009.
The government reported last month that a record number of Americans is living in poverty.
What happened to America?
46.2 million Americans now lived in poverty – the highest total since record keeping began more than half a century ago, the Census Bureau reported.
Thanks to an unemployment rate that now averaged 9.6 percent, and anemic economic growth, the share of Americans who lived below the official poverty line rose to 15.1 percent, up from 14.3 percent in 2009. That marks the fourth straight year that the rate has climbed.
The figure for children was even higher – 22 percent.
US national debts.
The percentage of people living below the poverty line is now approaching levels not seen since President Johnson in 1965. In addition, the total would have been higher still by around 3.2 million people, were it not for the existence of unemployment benefits.
Between September 2008 and last month (September 2011), the share of Americans with access to a personal doctor plummeted from 82.5 percent to 78.3 percent.
The share with health insurance fell from 85.9 percent to 82.3 percent.
Moreover, the share saying they had enough money to buy food for themselves and their family dropped from 81.1 percent to 80.1 percent.
National debt, no action taken
Gallup found that in the past 12 months just 6 percent of Chinese said they worried about feeding for themselves or their family, compared to 19 percent of Americans.
This is a huge reversal in just three years ago. Three years ago, those results were almost reversed: 16 percent of Chinese said they lack money to put enough food on the table at times, compared to 9 percent of Americans.
On the housing front, Americans are better equipped to afford a place to live, with 11% of U.S. residents struggling to afford a house compared with 16% of Chinese.
This is due to the aftermath of the sub-prime mortgage crisis where US real estate prices has been severely depressed.

7 Comments on "U.S. hunger problems worse than China"

  1. DC on Wed, 19th Oct 2011 10:06 pm 

    Amerika is still increasing its population, legally and illegally by 1 million, every year.

    Amerika can no longer provide work for a 300,00,000+ population. Its a fantasy. At least not an economy built around Wall-mart, Wall Street, Target, Mcdonalds, and makeing overpriced useless weapons systems.

    The number of people liveing in poverty in the US will only go in one direction, upwards. That will not make the US a more peaceful for stable nation(like it is now?!). In a few decades at rate there going, there will be over 400million merikans. How many as both a % and raw numbers, do you think will live in poverty then? Hint: its gonnna be a LOT.

  2. Bloomer on Thu, 20th Oct 2011 2:32 am 

    As social security crumbles under the weight of the baby boomers, I wonder how many elderly will go hungry?

  3. jaki on Thu, 20th Oct 2011 6:50 am 

    USA, and it’s KARMA

  4. Eric on Thu, 20th Oct 2011 4:03 pm 

    Jaki the ones that deserve the Karma have no reason the worry. The US has not belonged to the citizens in a long time. They pretend we choose them but its a small fraction and they majority of them bet bought out as soon as they are in office. Then they hide it so that only a small % of us even know whats going on.

  5. Kenz300 on Thu, 20th Oct 2011 7:22 pm 

    We have a food crisis, an oil crisis, a water crisis, a financial crisis and a jobs crisis. Every problem is made harder to solve with an ever growing world population. The world adds a billion people every 12 years. This is not sustainable.

  6. hehe on Fri, 21st Oct 2011 5:19 am 

    …what, yoyos…yo thought u’d make it?…

  7. Windmills on Fri, 21st Oct 2011 10:41 pm 

    I have a kid, a wife, two old beater cars, and a manufactured home. When I start seeing more people driving crappier cars than I do and living in crappier housing, then I’ll start believing we might have a hunger problem in this overweight country. In the mean time, most are still zooming by me on the freeway, burning gas like there’s no tomorrow in their nice cars…trying to convince me that they’re hungry. Mm hm. It also looks like the poverty measures being cited here are not based on standardized international measures. A struggling American doesn’t look anything like a struggling Haitian, Somalian, or Ethiopian. Cry me a river, America.

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