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“Working Poor”

Nearly 30% of US Families Subsist on Poverty Wages

By Tom Eley
http://www.wsws.org/articles/2008/oct2008/work-o16.shtml

October 16, 2008 "WSWS" -- - A report released Tuesday by the Working Poor Families Project reveals that more than 28 percent of American families with one or both parents employed are living in poverty.

The report, “Still Working Hard, Still Falling Short,” is based on data for the period from 2004 through 2006 gathered from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey and the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey.

The report finds that 9.6 million households can be described as low-income or “working poor”—defined as families that earn less than 200 percent of the official poverty level. There were 350,000 more such families in 2006 than in 2002. More than 21 million children now live in low-income working families—an increase of 800,000 in four years.

In 2006 there were more than 29 million jobs in the US that paid below the official poverty level—defined as $9.91 an hour for full-time labor—an increase of nearly 5 million poverty-wage jobs from 2002.

Family income inequality also increased rapidly between 2002 and 2006, the report says. In 2006, the top 20 percent of US households earned on average 9.2 times as much as the bottom quintile.

The report notes that working poor families “lack the earnings necessary to meet their basic needs—a struggle exacerbated by soaring prices for food, gas, health and education.” About 60 percent of low-income working families are forced to spend more than one-third of their income on housing, and nearly 40 percent lack health insurance for one or both parents.

These families struggle under poverty conditions despite parents working long hours. According to the report, “Adults in low-income working families worked on average 2,552 hours per year in 2006, the equivalent of almost one-and-a-quarter full-time workers.”

This total is about one third of all the hours that pass in a year. It is nearly twice the total yearly work hours of the average German worker, who works 1,362 hours per week, and 162 hours more per year than the average South Korean worker, according to statistics from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

The report documents the sharp decline in living standards for wide layers of the working class, the result of decades of corporate downsizing and wage-cutting presided over by Democratic and well as Republican administrations. It shows that poverty-level jobs are increasingly common and are held by broad sections of the population. Contrary to certain stereotypes promoted by the media, the majority of families living on poverty wages are neither immigrants, minorities or families with a single parent.

Some 72 percent of poor families, according to the report, hold jobs. More than half are headed by married couples, 69 percent have only American-born parents, 89 percent have a parent between the ages of 25 and 54, and 43 percent have white non-Hispanic parents. Only 25 percent receive food stamp assistance.

The study breaks its statistics down to the state level. In general, the conditions of working families are worst in the South and the non-Pacific West. Texas, for example, has the fourth highest number of working families defined as low-income, the second lowest percentage of low-income families who have a high school diploma or its equivalent, the second highest number with no post-secondary school experience, the fewest with health insurance, and the third highest family income inequality.

New York has the highest family income inequality in the nation, California the fourth highest.

The impoverishment of ever-larger sections of the working class population is the outcome of a number of processes: the dismantling of large sections of basic industry, the wave of union-busting and strike-breaking in the 1980s, the gutting of social welfare programs, the betrayal of the working class by the trade union organizations.

The other side of this process is the vast enrichment of the top 10 percent of the US population and the ever-greater concentration of wealth in the hands of the financial elite.

A survey carried out in March by Equilar and reported by the New York Times revealed that the CEOs of the 200 largest publicly traded companies earned an average of $11.7 million in 2007.

In 2005, the top 1 percent of US households accounted for 21.8 percent of all pre-tax income, twice the figure in 1970s. This represented the greatest concentration of income since the year before the onset of the Great Depression, 1928, when about 24 percent of national income went to the top percentile.

It should be noted that the “Still Working Hard, Still Falling Short” report reflects conditions that existed prior to the eruption of the financial crisis in August of 2007 and the subsequent slide into recession.

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Re: “Working Poor” Nearly 30% of US Families Subsist on Poverty Wages
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2008, 08:28:36 am »
Hi Ron.

The poor have no recourse, in truth and shortly neither do the middle classes.

Unfortunely they will be the first to starve, perhaps resist, and then along comes our federal boys.

We could feed the world with the fortunes we have spent on war.

They have infested every aspect of honest and constitutional goverment.

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Re: “Working Poor” Nearly 30% of US Families Subsist on Poverty Wages
« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2008, 08:43:01 am »
Contrary to certain stereotypes promoted by the media, the majority of families living on poverty wages are neither immigrants, minorities or families with a single parent.

immigrants, minorities or families with a single parents get (take) stipends from the fed so they are above poor....

welfare??? its wrongfare... oooooo but welfares good for "Jackass Plumber"! f" em all right?

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Re: “Working Poor” Nearly 30% of US Families Subsist on Poverty Wages
« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2008, 10:01:52 am »
Contrary to certain stereotypes promoted by the media, the majority of families living on poverty wages are neither immigrants, minorities or families with a single parent.

immigrants, minorities or families with a single parents get (take) stipends from the fed so they are above poor....

welfare??? its wrongfare... oooooo but welfares good for "Jackass Plumber"! f" em all right?

f*K america im moving to a country that hates saudi arabia.

Right, the majority of American poor are the hard working honest Joes who simply want to care for their families.
Mother and father of 3, father a laborer, mother can't work not with 3 toddlers in arms. Dad takes two jobs, ok the family gets fed, then their mortage rate goes up, no house any more, dad can't handle 3 jobs.
Welfare for some was a given, a necessary assistance in some cases. What began as a helper, tuned into a nightmare.
Welfare mentallity is dependent on the state and gov. Generation after generation depend on this and are accustomed to this way of life.  The wely trap.
Years ago I as a cop for a short while, worked the Mission Hill area, categorized as a high risk  area of Boston, an all black neighborhood. I was about the only white face around. The welfare station was my main area, in truth, the people got along well with me, even discussed their abject oppinions on welly. I will never forget the kids, why their mothers and fathers had lost their dignity to the trap and crime was the answer, drugs, booze. The game became socialy acceptable, a way of life.
I wasn't well liked by the force, only made one arrest and that was casue a guy tried to kill a girl. The kids, shit, I caught them with dope and flushed it and brought them to their familys, Took away their knives, gave them that one chance at a clean record and let  them know it. No wonder the other cops didn't get along well with me, the corruption in the force was equal to the coruption in the street. Did I ramble again, sorry. Turned in my badge and walked out of headquarters.
Welly, its a deception, and they know it, it keeps them down, keeps them dependent on the system and they eventualy loose their pride and their dignity, this way of life was injected, not procured by these people.

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Re: “Working Poor” Nearly 30% of US Families Subsist on Poverty Wages
« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2008, 10:04:25 am »
Only a matter of time before the robberies, looting and riots start. Then it's martial law.
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Re: “Working Poor” Nearly 30% of US Families Subsist on Poverty Wages
« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2008, 04:49:12 pm »
Hi Ron.

The poor have no recourse, in truth and shortly neither do the middle classes.

Unfortunely they will be the first to starve, perhaps resist, and then along comes our federal boys.

We could feed the world with the fortunes we have spent on war.

They have infested every aspect of honest and constitutional goverment.



In this case, I'd say the poor will be the first to go along with their shenanigans.
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Re: “Working Poor” Nearly 30% of US Families Subsist on Poverty Wages
« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2008, 05:06:09 pm »
I just want to add my 2 cents here.
In 2000 I moved to the capital of my state to find a better job and a better life.
Thats been eight years ago and they are still paying people the wage I was making now in the capital city as the wage from my small college town I moved from.
Now here I am in an illegal immigrant flooded city and I am making the same wage now that I was 5 years ago.
Just like Alex has said a million times, the NWO is taking our country down to third world status so they can give us the solution called the North American Union.

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Re: “Working Poor” Nearly 30% of US Families Subsist on Poverty Wages
« Reply #7 on: October 19, 2008, 09:47:32 am »

In this case, I'd say the poor will be the first to go along with their shenanigans.

Starvation and homlessness, easy prey my friend, I do not think its a matterr of going along as much as a matter of survival for them and their families,
The beasties have given this coinsiderable planning.

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Re: “Working Poor” Nearly 30% of US Families Subsist on Poverty Wages
« Reply #8 on: October 19, 2008, 12:19:35 pm »


  Pat Carmack, who was one of the creators of MONEY MASTERS said on the AJ Show Friday, 10-17-08,  that the top 50 highest private investment fund managers made $588 million EACH in 2007.  That is 19,000 times more than the average worker in the USA.  It is time that we the peasants storm the gates of their mansions with our pitchforks!  There should be no homeless or starving people in America. 
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Re: “Working Poor” Nearly 30% of US Families Subsist on Poverty Wages
« Reply #9 on: October 19, 2008, 12:39:03 pm »
Historically, when income inequality reaches the level it is now, revolution/collapse has ensued.
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Re: “Working Poor” Nearly 30% of US Families Subsist on Poverty Wages
« Reply #10 on: October 19, 2008, 03:06:31 pm »
Years ago I as a cop for a short while, worked the Mission Hill area, categorized as a high risk  area of Boston, an all black neighborhood. I was about the only white face around. The welfare station was my main area, in truth, the people got along well with me, even discussed their abject oppinions on welly. I will never forget the kids, why their mothers and fathers had lost their dignity to the trap and crime was the answer, drugs, booze. The game became socialy acceptable, a way of life.

I wasn't well liked by the force, only made one arrest and that was casue a guy tried to kill a girl. The kids, shit, I caught them with dope and flushed it and brought them to their familys, Took away their knives, gave them that one chance at a clean record and let  them know it.

I'd be interested to know if the Mission Hill area crime rate went down, if only slightly, during the time you worked there, only to go right back up again (upon your departure) to its previous level. I would be somewhat surprised if that's not how things played out.

If that sounds like I'm overestimating the degree of influence that one honorable authority figure can have on an entire community, consider what happened (or rather what didn't happen) in Indianapolis after RFK gave his extemporaneous speech about the assassination of Martin Luther King:

    "Kennedy was the only white public official in America who could have addressed a crowd in a black neighborhood that tragic night and not encounter violence. He spoke as a recognized champion of the disadvantaged, and he carried the credibility of his family's tragedy; in fact, this night marked the first time he had referred publicly to his brother's shooting.

    "Whether Kennedy's appearance was a factor -- and it seemed surely to have been -- Indianapolis remained quiet while rioting broke out in 110 cities across the land, causing thirty-nine deaths, twenty-five hundred injuries, and tens of millions of dollars of property damage."

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Re: “Working Poor” Nearly 30% of US Families Subsist on Poverty Wages
« Reply #11 on: October 19, 2008, 06:44:54 pm »
I'd be interested to know if the Mission Hill area crime rate went down, if only slightly, during the time you worked there, only to go right back up again (upon your departure) to its previous level. I would be somewhat surprised if that's not how things played out.

If that sounds like I'm overestimating the degree of influence that one honorable authority figure can have on an entire community, consider what happened (or rather what didn't happen) in Indianapolis after RFK gave his extemporaneous speech about the assassination of Martin Luther King:

    "Kennedy was the only white public official in America who could have addressed a crowd in a black neighborhood that tragic night and not encounter violence. He spoke as a recognized champion of the disadvantaged, and he carried the credibility of his family's tragedy; in fact, this night marked the first time he had referred publicly to his brother's shooting.

    "Whether Kennedy's appearance was a factor -- and it seemed surely to have been -- Indianapolis remained quiet while rioting broke out in 110 cities across the land, causing thirty-nine deaths, twenty-five hundred injuries, and tens of millions of dollars of property damage."



I had heard horor stories about Mission Hill befre I was assigned there, they could have been bullshiite or truth, I can not give you a definite answer.
I can tell you that when I walked about the neighborhood, spoke to the people, had lunch in their homes, brought kids home rather than lock them up for  petty bullshiite, they got to know me and in truth I felt fairly safe. Crimes vary of course, my call was to prevent  street violence, I worked this area about 10 months, and had only 3 hassles. Poeple are people, for crying out loud, if you give real people respect, you will most often times get respect in return.
I'm not a racist, just never was nor will be, black, white, green or blue, doesn't matter to me, what does is honor and respect, People pick up on it, even in hardcore areas. The cops with years on, use to call me Mr. Lucky, I got a feeling that they had sent in tactical cops before they posted  me, they may have made a difrrence, t cops were head breaking arshoolhes