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What does it mean when 1.5 million American families live on less than $2 a day per person?
March 14th, 2012
02:47 PM ET

What does it mean when 1.5 million American families live on less than $2 a day per person?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Here's something that should make you count your blessings:

Nearly 1.5 million American families live on $2 a day - or less - per person. $2 a day.

The numbers include some 2.8 million children.

We should be ashamed of ourselves.

The national poverty center reports that households living in "extreme poverty" surged by 130% in the last 15 years.

It's estimated that more than half of these families are run by a single woman. More than a third are headed by a married couple.

Almost half were headed by whites, one-quarter by blacks, and less than a quarter by hispanics.

The center used the $2 a day measure since that's one of the world bank's main indicators of poverty in developing countries. Pretty sad commentary on the state of affairs in our own developed country.

Researchers didn't include food stamps in this measure. Once you factor in food stamps as income, the number of households in extreme poverty drops by almost half to 800,000.

Overall, a record 46.2 million Americans are living below the poverty line.

The federal government spends hundreds of billions of dollars on programs to feed, shelter and house the poor.

It's estimated 1 in 6 Americans rely on public programs - with food stamps and Medicaid being the largest.

Mitt Romney recently came under fire for saying he's not concerned about the "very poor," saying: "There's a safety net there."

Not exactly the voice of a compassionate conservative.

Here’s my question to you: What does it mean when 1.5 million American families live on less than $2 a day per person?

Tune in to the Situation Room at 5pm to see if Jack reads your answer on air.

And, we love to know where you’re writing from, so please include your city and state with your comment.

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  1. Pete in Florida

    Obviously It means that we need more tax cuts for the rich. Patience, poor folks, it will trickle down to you some day.

    March 14, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
  2. George in PA

    It means we've forgotten the old saying, "charity begins at home". Money can be sent to help people in other parts of the world, and it should, but only when the people living below the poverty line in this country are fed and clothed first.

    March 14, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
  3. jk in MN

    The GOP's upward redistribution of wealth has succeeded. The unchecked greed is disgusting to me. A number of these people claim to be Christian. I just don't see Jesus being OK with this.

    March 14, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
  4. pat in michigan

    It means that there are some out there who make 1000 times that much and some of them may think $2 a day is about right as long as it ain't them.

    March 14, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
  5. MNResident

    For the Obama administration, it means that they are off to a good start at getting EVERYONE to live like that while the people look to the government for sustinance. Meanwhile, that governemnt lives high on the hog and only fakes its' concern for those who live like that.....

    March 14, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
  6. THEO

    It means our SPACE PROGRAM,Come on lets start a colony on MARS, AND our MiIIitary ,come on lets build another Aircraft Carrier, are depriving our children and seniors of bare necessities while the Contractors suck up more and more Tax dollars for nonsensical, egomaniac projects!!!!
    Theo Virginia

    March 14, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
  7. Pete in Georgia

    It probably means we have people compiling statistics with an agenda.......................and I can assure you it's only to help poor downtrodden folks survive till the next election.
    I would take issue with the number being 1.5 million, the same as with the current unemployment rate, which is realistically 18 to 22%.
    Real honest TRUTHS are nowhere to be discovered in today's deceitful world. The prime job of our socialist dictator now in power is to be certain they don't EVER see the light of day.
    Job No.1.

    March 14, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
  8. JD in NH

    It means that as a nation we should be ashamed. We've allowed the social safety nets to be shredded, all the while shipping the jobs so desperately needed here overseas. Education is constantly under attack of late and that is probably the single most thing that will improve the lives of the people struggling just to stay alive.

    March 14, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  9. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    It means that because of budget cuts there is a group of people who are forgotten and will not be helped. It means that billionaires are more interested in putting money into super packs then they are in helping their fellow man. It means that we should get out of Afghanistan where we are spending 2 billion a week and start helping our own people here at home. It also means that we are becoming a nation of rich and poor with more people likely to join this group.

    March 14, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
  10. Tom Bulger, Canandaigua, NY

    It means President Eisenhower was right, "Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed."

    There was a time when Republican leadership was worthy of the term.

    March 14, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
  11. Ed from California

    It either means there's some great deals at Walmart, or, John Boehner's Job package isn't as cracked up as it should be..... Mr. Boehner....Where are the jobs??

    March 14, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
  12. Jenna Roseville CA

    What does it mean when 1.5 million American families live on less than $2 a day per person?

    It means that Reagan's trickle down economic policy is a complete and utter failure.

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    March 14, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
  13. Bill of New Mexico

    At $2 per day–that is not surviving.

    Are they illegal aliens.

    America has not been minding its own business.

    America has been too busy into other countries' business.

    America is in deep trouble.

    Wait until there are 15 million families in this shape.

    It is high time to cut defense spending.

    Not many Republican votes from this group.

    March 14, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
  14. John from Alabama

    Jack: The statistic you use is sad, if true. The 1.5 million families are the homeless in this nation, but to some people these people are invisible to our society. To some people they are just bums or low lifes of society. The wealthy only see their own wealth and the wealth of their friends. They do not believe there are homeless, and they do not believe there are working poor in this nation. The wealthy sometime compllain about people on food stamps, but never give the Salvation Army or their local mission to help these people. Someone once said, "do this for the least of mine."

    March 14, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
  15. Lisa P from NE Illinois

    It means that something most of us know is being discussed by the media. It means that the company that makes Top Ramen will make money on us. If the republicans win the next election, it will mean that in hindsight we are living high on the hog right now.

    March 14, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
  16. Jim, Denver CO

    Jack,

    It means things are screwed up. Get rid of the Bush Tax bresks (for everyone), get rid of Tax loopholes, stop the Wall Street and corporate greed by bringing back jobs from offshore, and get Citizens United reversed so we can really have an electoral process so we can remove the idiots in Congress.

    March 14, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
  17. Floyd- California

    It means he richest country in the world can't come up with 1.5 million more low paying jobs.

    March 14, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
  18. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    It means that the social safety net is broken. So much for Romney not needing to care about poor people. What is even worse is that we try to involve poor parents in their schools educations when we can muster the political will to pay them adequately to learn to read themselves.

    March 14, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
  19. Noel Sivertson New Mexico

    It means poverty; and a government and a society that cares little about them. We are going to have to give up some of the selfishness and greed so prevelant in our society. Especially Republicans who say, "I've got mine, too bad about you."

    Perhaps if Republicans and evangelicals paid more attention to Christ's teachings instead of reducing taxes, eliminating social programs, and the transfer of wealth from the bottom up life could be better for all of us.

    March 14, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
  20. Taj

    It means that there is a lack of opportunity In this country. The after high school factory job is gone. Minor criminal records such as marijuana possession may hinder a person when looking for good paying job. When I was younger the Union halls would recruit you to work. Instead of construction we are flipping burgers and pouring 5 dollar lattes.

    March 14, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
  21. Susan-NJ

    I'm not sure where that figure comes from. The cities in Essex county are predominately welfare cities. $50 acyrlic nails, $160 leather boots, travel by taxi are the norm. Those of us who can't afford the bascis pay for it out of our paychecks. No doubt becuase once not so long ago our beautiful city of Newark that competed with NYc was burned to the ground on the thought we would rebuild it. We had built two beautiful welfare apartment buildings and in 5 short years they were completely destroyed. We did not want to do that again so the destruciton of Newark NJ. Now the rest of us live on $2 a day.

    March 14, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
  22. MYSTEROIUS

    It means the coveted "free market" needs to get busy and hire people at a decent wage, since the job providers aren't being taxed anyway.

    March 14, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
  23. Peg in NY

    It means that something is seriously wrong in this country.

    March 14, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
  24. Michael

    It means Jack" Is that we need jobs that pay a living wage. Not minimum wage.

    Michael Largo Florida

    March 14, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
  25. Annie, Atlanta

    Hey, but the rich are getting richer and corporations are sitting on more money than ever before, so it's all good, right? And we have Republican candidates who want to make sure that they cut taxes for the wealthy and corporations even more, so if one of them wins, it will be even better. They only need us to vote, then they can discard us until the next election. Who doesn't love that?

    March 14, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
  26. Leta

    AWFUL! Seems like living in a third-world country.
    Shameful and ironic that America has more billionaires and millionaires in the world.

    March 14, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
  27. Loren

    Just another meaningless statistic. Who came up with the statistic? What were they measuring and how did they measure it? Who was measured and were they being honest? I no longer trust statistics offered to prove a point, statistics are too easily manipulated.

    March 14, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
  28. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    This is very disturbing, yet not a big surprise. This is about 1% of the total population which is the opposite end of the scale in big money folks. I wonder if the GOP wants them to pay their fair share of taxes? This is just the tip of the iceberg of things to come in the next 20 years.

    March 14, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
  29. Doug Ericson

    You don't say how many in a family on average so I am going to guess 4 people. 2 dollars a day is about 730 dollars per year. OK, then it means these folks are not getting any assistance at all basically. 730 a year sounds like a bottle return income. I just throw the cans out, but my wife saves them, not for the money, but because she is a horder. She keeps two trash cans full of them in the garage year round piling over most of the time. There was a time when she started filling trash bags full of them and hiding them on top of the garage, but I had to put a stop to that. You have me stumped here. Do we have that many homeless families in the USA? Doug, Pepperell, MA.

    March 14, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
  30. MERV

    Jack, this simply mean America is slowly becoming a third world country. "who knew".

    March 14, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
  31. Terri from Blountville, TN

    We may be among the richest nations, but the "riches" are limited to fewer. There is also an unwillingness to help the least of them, even though the far right wants to speak of this being a nation built on Christianity. Weabsolutely should be ashamed to allow hunger in our own backyard.

    March 14, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
  32. Steve, Clifton, Virginia

    It means that we need to identify these people; find out where they live; figure out why their circumstances are what they are and why they slipped through the so called safety net and then throw them a life line. When we look at the resources that are wasted every day in waste, fraud, and abuse, it is down right shameful and even sinful to have this kind of poverty exist in one of the richest countries on the globe.

    March 14, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
  33. Kim , Dodge City, Ks

    We will always have a certain level of poverty in this country, and that's a reality that won't go away. How we treat and care for those in poverty, that is the demonstration of our national character and soul. Of course, Republicans believe our "safety net" will take care of them, not unlike the multi-trillion dollar safety net wealthy corporate CEOs enjoy.

    March 14, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
  34. Dave Laguna Niguel, CA

    It says Jack that the trillions of dollars we have spent on the "Great Society" and other entitlement programs hasn't worked. So rather than continue to waste money doing the same thing it is time to take a hard look as to WHY these people live below the poverty level. Forget the personal opinions of the left and/or the right. Is it lack of job skills or something else? Either way let's determine the facts before we throw more money at the problem.

    March 14, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
  35. David of Alexandria, VA

    Jack, I'm not "ashamed of ourselves." We have a lot of programs in place to help the very poor. We have a deep and long history of helping those most in need, if we can find them – through public and private charities. As Romeny said, (and I'll finish the paraphrase) if it needs fixing we can do that. I'm more concerned that we don't do enough to get people who are very poor into jobs which begin to end their cycle of poverty. I'm very worried about the "institutional poor" who have given up and that our response it to treat the symptoms and not the cause.

    March 14, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
  36. Karl in Flint, MI

    Jack, it means we are already a third world country and those of us who are lucky enough to be above extreme poverty, but not much, will be there soon, particularly if the god-fearing elephants take over. Puerto Vallarta sounds pretty good. Better weather and the Cartels can't be any more threatening then the Second Amendment Militia here.

    March 14, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
  37. TomInRochNY

    It means the economic system we have in this country now, corporatism, isn't working. The executive who just resigned from Lehmann Brothers can tell you all about it. It also means we're seeing into the near future for even more Americans. Start picking out your cardboard box before they're gone.

    Tom, Rochester, NY

    March 14, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
  38. Ed from MD

    It wouldn't be so bad if a dollar had not become so worthless or if trickle down economics did more trickling down.

    March 14, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
  39. Steve

    When I was a child , I lived on $0.25 a week. Makes you want to work harder to survive when your hungry. I didn't get anything for free. I worked 2 jobs at a time to get ahead. Guess what, I made it. If I did it so can anybody else. If weverything was given to me for free, I would still be poor today. There is plenty of jobs out there; picking nightwalkers at night, looking for golf balls, picking empty soda bottles off the streets, picking beans, grapes, apples, oranges or other harvest produce like the illegals are doing.
    Most people are lazy or feel they'rre too good for the jb. ptoo tan.roheren

    March 14, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
  40. Andre R. Newcomb

    What does it mean when you have to ask?

    March 14, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
  41. Janie

    I recently started getting disability. I get $643 per month and $103 in Food Stamps. I am divorced and live alone. After paying rent, utilities, insurance, gasoline, cable etc... I have 0 $'s left for any unexpected expenses. I don't understand how the politicians come up with those formulas about food stamps or the amount of disability a person gets per month. I have to go to food banks once a month just to have food to eat towards the end of the month. What can be done to change things? I will be 59 this July and am a white woman.

    March 14, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
  42. Sandstone.

    "It's just the same all over the world, and has been for the past thousand years! if you dish out all the wealth on this planet to a single individual, they would each have a dime."

    March 14, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
  43. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    It means if those 1.5 million American families vote for any of the Republican presidential candidates, they shouldn't expect any help.

    March 14, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
  44. David-cascadia

    It Means we need South american trade boats to get some herbs before the 3rd world disturbs with chemicals.Prohibition Malt liqour fortified wine

    March 14, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
  45. Paul From Austin Texas

    It means we all should just be so ashamed that it hurts. All the clowns running for President on the republican side except for Rick S. knows what it is lke to live from day to day and not know if you can feed your family because of the "company store". It is hard to be an average person I can no longer say guy because there are so many women tryihng to make ends meet. I think Romney needs to worry about just what is going on in America even in "Right " america. All of us are in need for of someone that cares for all and if that is not the Republicans then whoever can care can win and win big.

    March 14, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
  46. David

    $2 per person per day – it means "disgraceful." We should be ashamed as Americans! This is what happens when 1% keep 80% of the economic growth for themselves.

    March 14, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
  47. Eve of London, TX

    It means that our churches, who should care about this statistic, are ignoring the problem. The anti-abortionists, claim they have saved so many lives (meaning embryos/zygotes) by passing the trans-vaginal sonograms; the fundies talk about how much they love children, etc., but few churches are doing much to solve the real problem. That would mean churches would have to address poverty, domestic violence, discrimination against gays, African Americans, immigrants, and other issues. That is NOT what their main contributors want to hear!!! Thus, few churches will help solve the problem.

    Eve of London

    March 14, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
  48. RickFromDetroit

    1.5 million Americans living on less than $2 bucks a day shows how fortunate we Americans are. This is why we are constantly condemning countries like Iraq, Iran, Egypt, Libya, etc., for "Human Rights Violations." We have some real talent in Washington!

    March 14, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
  49. Jeff In Minnesota

    It's not a good thing Jack, but lets put your numbers in perspective. 1.5M people is less than one-half of one percent of the total population based on 311.6M as of 2010. These are the people that fall through the cracks due to one reason or another. Can we do better, maybe, but at what cost? There is this nasty little thing called the law of diminishing returns that indicates that the closer you try to get to zero, the exponentially higher the cost. As a result, it would very likely cost us 1,000 to 10,000 times today's costs to get that 1.5M down to zero. Given our other ills, while I appreciate your concern, do we allocate most of our free capital for 1.5M in extreme poverty or the 12.8M to 16M unemployed? This is why sometimes your little diatribes drive me nuts, because life is not as simple as you portray it. However, as someone who has traveled extensively, I can say without a doubt, people in the US have not seen true poverty as it exists elsewhere in the world.

    March 14, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
  50. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: It is called "poverty," and society moves forward, it is seeminlgly increasing. It is a frontier that we have been unable to conquer.

    March 14, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
  51. Dan from Stewartstown PA

    It means that consultants, lobbiests, politicians, speculators, bankers and greedy corporate leaders have loaded the deck so much, that we now do not have a free market system. We have a bought and paid for system that rewards those who have with ever incresing wealth, as tehy sell America's future to the highest bidder and leave millions of would be hard working Americans without jobs or the resources neccessary to succeed.

    March 14, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
  52. Jeffrey

    It says to me that we are long overdue for a redistribution of wealth. Adam Smith, the founder of capitalism himself, said that a massive concentration of wealth, such as we're experiencing now, would destroy capitalism. If republicans truly cared about their precious free market, maybe they would listen to the man who invented it. If they don't, then I hope the people of this nation listen to Marx and revolt against these vile wealth-hoarders.

    March 14, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  53. Peter, Tarrytown, N.Y.

    1.5M represents .05% of the population. It means the 1% need to focus more on the rest of us as there are too many getting by.

    March 14, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  54. Sean Palm Desert, CA

    It means our nation as a whole finds domestic poverty socially acceptable.

    March 14, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  55. Martha Brooks

    To answer this one adequately will require a doctoral thesis! Start with Reaganomics, go through two costly and futile wars draining our resources, to the colossal greed of Wall Street and the financiers. The average American has been sliding into the abyss of poverty for 30+ years, and there's no real chance of affecting change at present. We continue to see the biggies get bigger. And if we get a Republican President and Congress, there will be an even greater disparity...

    Martha, Rew, PA

    March 14, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  56. Paul - North Carolina

    It means that supply side, or "trickle down", economic policy has been a total failure. This wrong headed theory was introduced during the Reagan adminstration and with the exception of the Clinton years stayed in effect entil 2009. Since Obama took office he has been trying to change direction but the tea party has fought him every step of the way. While extreme poverty has surged the ultra rich, predictably, have become ultra richer. Not much trickling going on there. Unless the millions of voters out there who continue to vote Republican against their own best interest wake up the US is on its way to becoming a third world country. The November election may be our last chance to prevent that.

    March 14, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  57. John Lake Charles, LA

    "....half of these families were run by a single woman." means that the traditional family is being replaced by kids that have sex for pleasure then get stuck with a baby they don't want and a father the kids can't have. .

    March 14, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  58. Wilhelm von Nord Bach - Las Vegas

    it means we are getting closer to an American 21st Century version of the French Revolution complete with a guillotine on Wall Street and another one on K Street, Jack.

    March 14, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  59. Emma in Baltimore

    It means we've learned to turn a blind eye and a deaf ear towards the impoverished in our nation and the paths that led them there. We all know that the chasm between the wealthy 1% and everybody else is ever increasing, but what we may not realize is that it's getting a lot easier to slip into poverty and that, once there, it is virtually impossible to climb out of it. It's become the norm to simply criticize those who are sinking or drowning in financial ruin rather try to determine the circumstance that generated the consequences. But changing the circumstances will undoubtedly hurt somebodies' profit margin, and so the inequities within our business models will continue to exist and ensnare the naive and the uninstructed.

    March 14, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  60. Rich in Gainesville FL

    It means that millions of us still have a long long way to fall before we hit bottom.

    March 14, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  61. Brad, Portland, OR

    It means that income inequality in this country has become a yawning gulf.

    To Republicans, who think that the unemployed and underemployed are drug addicts and must be tested for illegal substances, it means the poor should put down the crack pipe and get a job.

    March 14, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  62. Gary in San Jose, California

    I don't think it means anything. There will always be a bottom 1% for many reasons. The shrinking of the middle class is a much bigger issue.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  63. Ray E. (Georgia)

    I don't recall any of the Regular News Services reporting this fact. So who has covered this story???

    March 14, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  64. Greg in Arkansas

    I guess giving all those tax breaks to companies that shipped jobs overseas wasn't such a good idea after all not to mention the "FREE TRADE" policies that allowed cheaper imports to destroy the rest of the good paying jobs.
    We have been sending good paying jobs to other countries in the name of higher profits for over 30 years and it has finally gotten to the point that we no longer have any money to "pass around" in this country because it is all either in the bank accounts of the 1% ers

    March 14, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  65. Ray in Knoxville

    What does it mean, Jack? It means that 30 years of Republican economic policies have failed this country. Sadly, Republicans not only want to continue putting people into poverty, but they want to accelerate the trend by removing more regulations. Oh, and that "safety net" that Romney is talking about, that's the one the Tea Party pledges to do away with if they win the election.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  66. Mitoosense

    If we tracked the poverty rate the same way we track the Dow Jones Main Street would matter.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  67. andy Lynn, MA

    The uber-rich and the Republicans have succeeded. Their, "Let them eat cake," attitude is destroying this country. The Republican's and their uber-rich master's also need to do a little research and find out what happened to the person who declared that phrase. We're watching. One man. One vote (unless you are in Cook Country.)

    March 14, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  68. Jim Bailey

    It means that the oligarchs are almost on schedule in driving the entire country into such a desperate condition that the middle class and working poor (and their children) will do piece work at home by candle light for 1890 wages.
    Jim Bailey
    Cripple Creek CO

    March 14, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  69. Phyllis G. Williams

    What does it mean when 1.5 million American families live on less than $2 a day per person?

    Because American system is to make individuals (who only benefit themselves) wealthy.
    The Lord Jesus says "distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven,
    and come, follow me" (Luke 18: 22).
    "Charge them that are rich in this world..don't 'trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God...
    that they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate..
    .that they may lay hold on eternal life" (1st Timothy 6: 19).

    March 14, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  70. Cy Gardner

    All the money goes somewhere doesn't it? It goes to China and the middle east in the form of trade deficits, it goes to bankers and foreign countries in the form of interest on the national debt. It goes to well connected "defense" contractors. It goes to the banks in the form of dirty deals and it goes to the top of corporate monopolies. So it means our democracy has, for some time, made it a priority to send huge sums of money away from humans living in America. It means we have a pretty stupid electorate. America is getting dumber every day. This is just another example of how electing stupid corporate prostitutes on platforms built of lies and smears allows us to reap just what we have sown. cy from arlington ,va

    March 14, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  71. Randy

    The same thing it means when a billionaire and his wife can write five million dollar checks to a presidential candidate they know can't win. Too much at the top, too little at the bottom.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  72. the_dude

    It means even if those families voted for Obama the rich wall st bankers continue to rake in millions upon millions.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  73. Frances

    It means that the Republican tea party, and the super wealthy have taken over our Country. Tax breaks for the rich, lower wages for the working people..bust the unions, take away women's rights, get rid of social security, and medicare. Outsource jobs but keep really low wage jobs without benefits so the fat cats can get richer. Oh, and give millions in tax subsidies for the oil companies even though they are making record profits, in the billions. That's just a few reasons.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  74. Clay

    Jacksonville

    Why don't you see how far you can get on $2.00 per day, Jack. I'll even be gracious and double it to four just for you. Be interested to see just how long you last, or if you even make it in to work the first day.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  75. bob may

    Hey Romney makes about 70K per day on his investment! Two bucks per day....just a satistic unless you live it or understand it. 70K people don't even hear or see real poverty....not at that allitude.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  76. Joe - US citizen in Toronto

    There's no way around public assistance. It's not optional. Mitt and Newt and company aren't living in the real world.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  77. nocarenomore

    You can live on $2 a day. People don't need nearly half the junk they have.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  78. deborah ballweg Seibert, co

    Why should we be ashamed of ourselves? People who do drugs and choose not to work should be ahsamed of themselves. Put down the crack pipe and get a job. I am sick of supporting deadbeats and I refuse to take responsibility for them. Nor should anyone else. If you feel ashamed, give a donation.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  79. roy

    The US would rather meddle in other countries affairs spend trillions on unfunded wars and military hardware then take care of its own people.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  80. Ed in California

    With all due respect Jack, that seems like one of those statistics from which a bogus conclusion is drawn. 1.5 million families would equal 7 million or more people living on 2 bucks a day...just ain't so. Most likely there are is a growing number of families which misreport their income, as in they are working under the table not reporting that income nor paying taxes on it. It's all the rage in a certain super large Southern California city, check it out!

    March 14, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  81. David K. Leclerc

    It means that the American Dream is really just something that wealthy people talk about to assuage their conscience.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  82. Matt Richmond

    It means that millions of Americans are living in communities where, if they were in Africa, we would declare our disgust with their ineffective governments and thieving oligarchies. We would have their children on tv with an older white gentleman/lady telling us about how we could change their lives with just *some small monetary figure*.

    Meanwhile, Republicans are deciding between guys who accuse each other of wanting the government to alleviate poverty – like it's a bad thing.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  83. Bob in NC

    Jeff in Minnesota nailed it. I too have seen true poverty in other countries, and there is nothing in America close to it. And I would defy you to produce some "$2 a day" live examples. While you may not have liked Mitt Romney's response regarding the poor, his statement regarding the social safety net remains valid. Given that there are more people receiving food stamps than ever before in our country's history, I can't help but believe that the vast majority of your 1.5 million living on $2 a day due so either our of ignorance of available assistance or out of choice.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  84. Robb

    It means we should stop spending money we don't have overseas and spend the money we don't have instead here. No one in America should go hungry or without shelter. It's a crime against our citizens and it makes our country a mockery to the world. Who wants to be a democracy when the greatest democracy in the world can't even cover its citizen's most basic needs.. Most powerful and wealthy indeed. Not when people are struggling, starving and freezing to death.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  85. Trisha D Mitchell

    It means that American families have been in austerity for awhile and the wealthy are forever whining that their families' futures are being hurt. They even want to cut the hourly minimum wage to less than the current $7.25. In the meantime, most Americans are more concerned with helping their children through poverty in the here, now & future.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  86. aj

    Maybe CNN should do a bigger story on it. Nobody really knows or cares until the media keeps the light on it. I'm sure if you do you'll either get "well lets give gov't money to christian faith based food charities" or "it's socialist to feed starving people."
    Bottom line is why do we have poor starving people here and at the same time funnelling hundreds of billions to other countries as "foreign aid" and over 300 military bases worldwide. We're just making a mockery of "freedom" and "democracy."

    March 14, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  87. Bill

    This "business" of the thinking that we can't and shouldn't tax the more affluent in America, lest they stop providing jobs is pure piffle. As any rich person knows, it takes money to make money. The well-to-do need to be taxed more heavily and you can count on them continuing to invest regardless. In fact, MORE jobs may well be created rather than less.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  88. Larry in Houston

    What does it mean when 1.5 million American families live on less than $2 a day per person?
    Answer: It means that the middle class is shrinking – or has shrunk to the point where they are Now in the "barely making it" Class, or even possibly Poor now days. I used to be in the middle class – until the factory shut it's doors – and sold out to another country – But it was either "move" or be on welfare.I chose the first one. Now, I'm back in the middle class.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  89. mcp123

    "For the Obama administration, it means that they are off to a good start at getting EVERYONE to live like that while the people look to the government for sustinance"

    Your fantasies and republican propaganda fall flat... the recession started under Bush and poverty increased greatly under Bush. Instead of being obstructionist why don't republicans come up with a way to solve the problem? oh wait they already did...its called brush them off.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  90. JC in SC

    George W. Bush should be ashamed of himself. He left the White House 3 years ago with a deadly wake behind his getaway car. He's the criminal in this scenario.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  91. D. YOUNG

    Get a job, any job; if it doesn't pay a lot or many hours....Solution: make food stamps and other programs required you are enrolled in job training services!

    March 14, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  92. Jyothi, St.Louis,MO

    It means that America does not want anyone who is not concerned about "the very poor" !

    March 14, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  93. Ivan - New York City / Ner Jersey

    All I would be able to think about is how hungry I would be every day. Even a homeless person can't survive on that!

    March 14, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  94. Mike in Minneapolis

    It means the GOP doctrine "trickle down" is an apt term. Ironically most of those people in in red states.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  95. Allen

    It means Reaganomics don't work and is really hard to turn around once instituted. It means our nation is no longer great in my opinion. It's sad and disturbing.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  96. Pam from Texas

    Jack-
    Thank you for bringing this horrible stat to everyone's attention. It makes me think of the 3 monkeys – if you don't see it, hear it or have to talk about it – it's not real. But it is SO real. And if a Republican is elected in November it will only be worse. My family donates what it can but it's only a drop in the bucket to what's needed. Good grief, we live in the good old US of A. What a shame.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  97. Randy in Minnesota

    Maybe its time to look at yourself and see if there is anything you could have done differently in live. Did you graduate from High School. Did you apply yourself in school to get the best grades possible. Good grades with low family income go to college for free. Yes, there are a few silver spoons, but a majority of successful people do it on their own through hard work and determination.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  98. latuya83

    I don't mean to sound heartless, but I'm sorry if you live in the US and you are making under $2 a day that's your own damn problem, please go back to school and finish highschool or get your GED , anyone who lives in this extreme poverty should not be having kids, why would anyone have a child when they can't even support themselves. Anyone can get a job at McDonalds and make way more the $2 a day, this is rediculous.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  99. Michelle Minney

    Maybe if our government would have increased education spending by hundreds of billions of dollars, k-12 as well as public universities, there would not be such a high number of families living in poverty. Our government has no problem spending billions of food and shelter for the poor, instead of education, because a poor society is easier to control!

    March 14, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  100. Ann

    I wonder how many of these people are students. My husband is in medical school, and I stay home to care for our two kids, so we have no income and qualify for Medicaid and foodstamps. We have access to ample student loans and are definitely not living in poverty, even though we were probably included in this statistic. Ironic that we are in "extreme poverty" even though we will likely be in the highest tax bracket in a few years.
    Phoenix, AZ

    March 14, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  101. Leslie

    Jack, we should spend money on our own people instead of sending our resources overseas.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  102. Guy Jones

    As a country, we track overly-simplified indicators for the economy and state of the country: DJIA, S&P, Consumer Confidence Index, Inflation, Consumer Price Index, etc. These indices are often misleading without additional data. For example, if the rate of new unemployment claims fell by 2%, it could be because 2% more people just stopped looking, or their benefits expired, or that a bunch of people took lower-paying jobs.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  103. Michael Chapel Hill

    It sounds like people want the rich to me made poor. It is the word of every politician including Obama. These PCs do not worry about single mothers, divorced familes, illegals etc. Bringing the rich down may not help. Help the poor to go up the ladder. No welfare state can lift the standard of living of the people. The desire for progress should come from within. Entitlements kill the individual initiative towards progress.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  104. Steve

    Jack,
    $2/day is the opinion of your Conservative-based network who brought us the daily soap of Showdown With Iraq. The candidate who sets goals on ridding Wall Street of the mentally-challenged morons who live for speculation alone...will win a Presidential election in a landslide.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  105. Mike In Pekin

    Jack, over 60% of our federal budget is entitlement spending. Defense is only 17%. With our government spending nearly 50% more than it takes in, exactly how much more money do you want to put into these programs? Isn't it curious that the more we put into entitlement programs, the more people end up on them, and fewer are left to actually pay the taxes for all of this? There is compassion, and then there is stupidity. I make a good living, and support my family well. I pay my taxes. I am willing to pay more, but not to create more free money programs. I will pay for infrastructure, education, defense, and other core government functions. But our core government is now a minor fraction of our overall government, and that will soon lead us the way of Greece, Spain, Italy, Ireland, and Portugal. The idea that you can wipe out poverty is ridiculous. There will always be the very poor, just as there will always be the very rich. To many people forget that you are guaranteed equality of opportunity, not condition.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  106. Rich

    It is obvious... don't think about what one can do personally about it, but rather, complain about the system, or demand the government do more. Or, if don't like the idea of the government doing more, just say that those in that state are there because of their own making, and say it is needed, because it is supposed to deter people from being lazy.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  107. Cary

    Jack,

    I always enjoy your show but lets be honest, why should Mitt Romney care anyways? Isn't his main priority go reduce taxes by 20% for everyone including his rich "elite pals" that only pay 14% like he does? That means, the American people will be giving them +6% if he's elected. That smells like "Cheezy Grit" to me!

    Anyways, its not the Government's function to create jobs. The private sector should create jobs. Our President is on the right track and I'm glad he's on topic of solving this economic crisis he inherited on his first day on the job. I trust our President will improve things for the middle class and the poor. This country has given enough to the rich! Its time they pay back and contribute.

    Thank you for a great show Jack!

    March 14, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  108. John

    I wonder how many conservatives will read this and call you a "commie" or a socialist?

    It's a sad situation we're in, Jack. I just don't see it getting any better.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  109. GG in WI

    Another issue here is the point you made that over half of these "families" are headed by single women. That indicates to me that many receive inadequate, if any at all, child support from the fathers of thier children. Greater focus on both creating a child support system that actually supports children and enforcement of child support orders would help. Providing an option for fathers who are unable to find work to make thier support payments, at least temporarliy, would also help keep those families from falling into a hole so deep they can never get out.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  110. Cres from Florida

    Jack, this one is easy.

    It means the the expression "the rich get richer and the poor get poorer at the expense of the dwindling middle class"
    has worked so well and for so long that it's no longer an expression but rather a fact of life in the good ol' U. S. of A.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  111. James Wilson

    It means it's time for a revolution.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  112. Martin

    This is what happens when CEOs and boards of directors send millions of jobs overseas to what are effectively slave labor factories so they can increase their pay massively and do nothing but service their own greed. Last year the average pay increases for CEOs and boards was 33%. 33%. Rise. In one year. Many of those companies were downsizing and firing thousands of people at a time. Did they pass the revenue to shareholders like they should have ? No, they just stole the revenue for themselves.

    By driving so many people to so desperate a survival level, it means those people are too busy surviving to worry about the corruption of the corporations.

    Simple solution. Pass a law that says any country making goods for import into the US must pay at least US minimum wage and meet OSHA standards. Jobs will flood back to this country if we do that.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  113. Eric Hatch (Loveland OH)

    It means that when charity and schooling fall short, government must act. It is atrocious for the richest nation the world has ever known to be so mean-spirited in the name of "freedom from government intrusion."

    March 14, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  114. TTH

    @THEO look up the cost of the space program. It will surprise you how small the budget is, they have accomplished so much with so little. Less than half a penny of every dollar goes to NASA. That's nothing.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  115. Dee from WA

    I am permanently disabled and unable to work. I receive 760 dollars a month from Social Security, and 200 a month in food stamps. Yes, this may seem like a lot of money to some people, but I live in a state where minimum wage is over 9 dollars an hour, and "affordable housing" costs 700+ a month.

    There aren't enough subsidized housing units, and the housing authority holds a lottery once every few years to add more people to the wait-list for those units. This past lottery there were 2500 spots available on the wait-list, and nearly 30,000 people applied for the chance at them. If I had a section 8 subsidized unit, my rent would only be 1/3 of my income. Instead, I am forced to live on less than 2 dollars a day once housing and utilities are paid for.

    We need to re-evaluate our safety nets. It's not fair to those of us who need the support that there isn't enough there to support us.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  116. Joe

    Mitt: Have those 2.8 million children tried looking for a job? Seems to me like some of these children are catching that lazy bug affecting so many impoverished families today...
    Seriously, I love how we think people living in extreme poverty are lazy. Really? You think they'd turn down a job that pays them a human living if it were out there?

    March 14, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  117. kevin

    If santorum was elected, he'd do NOTHING about this.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  118. Tony from Southport

    It means that although Democrats have stated year after year that they are "for the poor," they have been able to keep the poor, poor. The more "poor folks' the more Democrat voters.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  119. Paul P.

    This is proof that the wealth income gap thats been spreading for the past 30 years has come home to roost. This should be a signal for significant policy changes, but the politicians and their lobbyist buddies will continue to spoon feed the public their pablum of American exceptionalism and trickle down economics, or divert our attention with unrelated social issues, in an effort to get us to silence the conscience in our heads that tell us that something big needs to be done.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  120. Jacob

    Good job Jack on cherry picking select words from Romney's speech while ignoring its entire content and the meaning behind it. I bet I can guess which way you vote. It's a shame you start off by talking about a serious issue and then try to end it with a spin and a political jab. I'd expect more from you.

    North Carolina

    March 14, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  121. Zack

    It means we need to cut the ten billion we give to Israel for slaughtering the poor and give our tax dollars to the poor here. My plan is revenue nuetral. Plus we will people less reasons to hate us.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  122. John in WNY

    Or course this doesn't count Food Stamps, free housing, free medical/dental/vision care, free utilities, free transportation, free day care, free pre-school, free school lunches, free school breakfasts, and tax credits (yep, even people who never paid a penny in taxes can get refunds for thousands of dollars) all while being classified as "poor."

    So, the question is, with all the handouts listed above, how much extra per day would you really need to live?

    March 14, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  123. Paul - Portland, Oregon

    Sadly, it means they're not living. Sixty dollars a month makes for an impossible existence, a slow death, a slide into oblivion. "Let them eat cake," French queen, Marie Antoinette flippantly remarked about starving protesters outside her palace walls. Today, two-hundred-some years later, it seems little has changed in the world and little changed states-side. Our leaders seem just as intent upon naking the rich richer and the poor poorer.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  124. Tom from Mississippi

    Whenever a country comes to the decision to classify corporations as "people"...that country needs to be placed in a mental institute. Or at least place everybody that agrees with it into one.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  125. Nicole in Michigan

    Living on $2 a day is reality for many people I know personally. They are good hardworking people, they are not system abusers, they are people who look for jobs every single day, some parents I know even go without meals so their children can eat and keep their heat turned up to a point to where their pipes won't freeze and they cuddle up with blankets and supplement with firewood they cut or people have donated to them. Maybe the government just plans on the $2 a day people getting sick enough that they just die off and like magic the system has less of a burden put on it by so called "system users". Shame on us. What has happened to American Pride and taking care of our own at home first?????

    March 14, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  126. Donald

    It means that Jack needs to read the whole report. The $2 figure doesn't include any in-kind assistance (SNAP, Section 8 vouchers, etc.), it is listed a per person in the household (I know that doesn't change the number greatly but facts are facts and Jack should know better). This is a systemic problem in the country and both parties are to blame. Those partisans amongst you should be ashamed whether you are an R or D.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  127. Claudia

    It means that Republican Governors are cold-hearted, because most of them, like Rick Perry of Texas, are cutting programs for the poor in order to balance their budgets. Perry has decided that it is better to cut out free healthcare for poor women & children rather than accept dollars from the government which would pay over 3/4 of the price for that healthcare. Perry does not want to kick in a measly 1/4 of the price to help his own Texans. Meanwhile, the wealthy Republicans in congress continue to fight to get even more money for defense while cutting programs that help the poor. It's shameful!

    March 14, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  128. Happy in Auburn, AL

    It means that we do not help efficiently our fellow Americans, it means we infantilized many of our fellow Americans.
    Come on, of course we could double this to $4 or $8 or $20..... but unfortunately this will not help (for most of them).

    March 14, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  129. Kellie

    The wealthy and politicians tend to say that we have no poor in this country, I recently read where it was pointed out that there aren't "poor" here, because those "poor" have refrigerators and televisions. They also love to say that the social programs aren't working, the so-called 'entitlements' and people should just let the church, or charities, or other people help these downtrodden folks. As Mitt said "I'm not worried about the poor because they have a safety net". This is a safety net? 2 dollars a day? Obviously that isn't working, nor is the so-called safety net. Nor is leaving it up to politicians who don't hear the poor, but only the wealthy/corporations...it means it's time to scrap what we have, it obviously isn't working, and start over – maybe with some honest politicians? (is there such a thing?) – Indiana

    March 14, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  130. Tom

    How was the number obtained? Is this another statistical manipulation to drum up support for more social programs.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  131. Badly-Bent

    It shows how much blood money can be squeezed from the poor if you really try.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  132. Greg

    It means the very rich (0.01%) should really think what they would have to spend to protect themselves against these 1.5M of truly angry people with nothing to lose. And when they add up all the security spending they will need to stay alive and wealthy they will quickly realize that 40% tax is not that bad. It is that simple.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  133. Steve

    There are a few actions which could help fix this immediately. Cap exec salaries at 100k annually including bonuses for any company that is public. Make it unlawful to ship jobs out of the country, or tax the companies that do so at 10 times what they save which should have the same effect. Stop subsidizing big oil and put that money into free solar panels for everyone, ensuring that they give everyone 25% more than they need to meet their energy requirements, then force utility companies to buy the excess energy from the homeowners/renters. The surplus energy alone will put an extra $250 or more monthly in the pockets of families. Add that to the savings from not having an energy bill and we're talking about close to $500 in savings monthly per household. And the maintenance and installation of the solar panels will create hundreds of thousands of new jobs. The reason people aren't hopping on the solar panel bandwagon now is cost. People can't afford $35k for the outlay costs. But if the federal gov't were to provide these as a service, it would reduce our dependence on oil and supply people with free energy as long as it were to remain free, except for maintenance fees, which should be about $25/month, and could come off the top of the profits from the surplus energy produced. The grid would be fed from every rooftop and people who need jobs would have them from this new industry. Right now there are corporations which try to lease you the same idea but charge you prevailing energy rates, which is great for the corporations but horrible for the consumers.
    Consumers need and deserve free energy from the sun and our taxes should be providing it.

    Next, we need to get rid of every government official that has screwed up our country by allowing corporations to run it. They should be put in prison, but will likely just get to leave their office. Change the laws to help our citizens, allow our citizens to grow marijuana without penalty – it's a ridiculous law based on corporate greed, and allow them to sell hemp for profit at Farmer's market type places. Hemp can be used for everything from paper to oil and is renewable, safe and will allow us to rebuild our forests, which have been decimated by corporate greed.

    Finally, force any corporation with more than 75 employees to provide free health insurance, pension plans and job protection to their employees. Unions need to be prevalent again in order to help employees maintain their job security and feel safe in their jobs. If companies like Walmart and McDonalds can't afford to treat their employees right, they shouldn't be allowed to be in existence.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  134. renjenn

    Why does everyone assume that people on government assistance are homeless and drug addicts. I am (or used to be) a middle class citizen. My husband lost his job 2 years ago, can't find another so he stays home with the kids. I work full time as an insurance agent, and business is not booming. We are on food stamps, can't get by without it. And I am still buying top ramen and tuna to make it last all month. More and more middle class are falling below the poverty level, it is not just the bums anymore!!

    March 14, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  135. JoltinJoe

    The tons of government programs assisting the $2/day group aren't factored into the $2/day number, and we're talking way more than food stamps. Changing taxes on the rich and/or changing government programs won't impact this study. If I receive $5000/month non-cash benefits from the government but don't work all year, then I'll be counted in a survey like this too.

    What we need are jobs. Not government jobs, but private sector jobs. That's only going to happen when the government stops tinkering with the private sector.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  136. Deb in MT

    Jack, it means that the GOP hasn't figured out yet how to siphon that $2 per day per person into another tax cut for the top 1%!

    They're working on it.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  137. Lisa

    It means we have too many uneducated morons running around feeling like they are "owed" something. Bad choices lead to consequences. Choosing to not further their education, choosing to put yourself in a position to accidentally become a parent; the list could go on and on. But the point is that those situations are a DIRECT result of choices someone has made. Let them be accountable for their own choices, and I'll be accountable to mine. Survival of the fittest.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  138. Burbank from CA

    Hell, I lived on less than that during the last downturn in the early 2000's. Went without enought to eat for over a year and lost a tooth to scurvy! You don't bounce back from starving when you are in your 50's. It aged me terribly and now that I am in my 60's and have been getting proper nutrition for long enough, my looks finally match my age again. This country has made it a crime to be white and middle class,. Most "help" programs don't apply to me, but I sure have to pay to support every one else!

    March 14, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  139. UtahProf

    Guess what? If the Federal Reserve had not devalued our currency to the point of oblivion over the past 100 years, that $2 per person per day would be $20+ per day. Additionally, without government interference, we would be in a true free market capitalism system and wages would be significantly higher for low and middle class workers. Although it is nice that the "safety net" is in place for those with low incomes, it would not be needed if the government would simply quit trying to justify it's own grotesque existence with entitlement programs and just BUTT OUT!

    March 14, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  140. hooverguide

    1 Timothy 6:17-19 “Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.” (NIV)

    March 14, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  141. David in Little Rock, Arkansas

    It means that leadership is lacking and we are in trouble.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  142. Berylene in Los Alamos NM

    Shame on America. And shame on Mitt Romney.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  143. Lisa U.

    It means that I have not done anything to demand change. I have not taken the seat at the front of the bus, I have not stopped buying gas and walked, I have not gotten together with my neighbors and bypassed the bank. I have accepted lower wages and more hours.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  144. Wm in PA

    Jack;
    Since the Regan era the well-being of the American 99% has been getting worse: higher taxes, higher costs, lower wages, more debt. Today the top 1% share 94+% of the income increases while us 99%ers share the dregs and the corporate persons want 100%, tax cuts, more wars etc. China, India, and Brazil are ready to pick up the tatters after our fall.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  145. Ann

    It means more people should donate to charities, if they can. It doesn't mean that the government should force people to give up money they've earned.Itmeans those who are less fortunate should get off their butts and do something about it rather than living dependently upon the government. Anyone who is able-bodied can knock on doors and mow lawns, paint, etc. Go out there and do something about it instead of waiting for the government to hand it to you.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  146. Jarrod Rager

    It means we are falling into step with common human experience. For the majority of people, past and present, subsistance living is the reality. Whether good or bad, the normal is to struggle through this life with just barely enough to survive. Anyone with more than they need should appreciate their prosperity and give long consideration to helping those less fortunate.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  147. John Altanta

    It means even the richest among us can nol longer afford Republicans in our government.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  148. Sharon in Arkansas

    Jack, it means that our leaders have lost sight of what made this Country the greatest in the world. The the last four years have been intentionally wasted by a Republican Congress who could have been heroes. Unfortunately their only goal was to create and allow economic warfare against the very people who hired them to serve. They thought we would be too busy trying to survive to notice. They were wrong. It's time to pay. It's never been the government that made the United States of America great – it's WE THE PEOPLE. WE are going to take back our Country! WE WILL feed the hungry, give a hand up to those in need, and come November WE WILL vote out those who have been at the government trough too long.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  149. Samuel of Maine

    It means that people are lazy

    March 14, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  150. Nancy, Tennessee

    It's time to take a look at where we came from and where we are headed. A third world country doesn't have jobs so that their people can make a living wage. The writing is on the wall and the people in Washington haven't got a clue what it says.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  151. sathya

    There should'nt be any Tax deduction for charity.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
  152. ted

    Executives pay them self to much , nothing left for anyone else. My ? is how much money do they live on per day?

    $2.00 a day ,that is just my transport to work one why. Know i am starving with no way home.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
  153. KindaSorta in Nashville

    1.5 million American families live on less that $2 a day per person? That's not living. that's not even lifesupport! That means the're getting maybe one meal a day at the local overcrowded shelter.

    One huge hole in the so called safety net for the poor is the abilitiy for a parent to walk away from their financial responsibilities toward their own children. Court cases can take years and penalties are minor in comparison to their own children becoming homeless and hungry. People should be ashamed for such abandonment of their children and then later in life of the parents.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
  154. Patricia Madison

    It mean that today's Republican Party is winning.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
  155. Ron WPAFB

    It's the gOP Jack, They're whole platform is based on taking away from the Middle Class and poor! With plans to cut Medicare, Medicaid, Education, Social Security, come on Jack! President Obama says the difference between Democrats and Republicans is a difference in philosophy, I disagree! The Religious Right are far from religious, or Christian! They are evil, really. There is no respect left for the GOP, they have made it clear this last two years that the Poor and middle class do not rate! And you and wolf just give their venom more air time as they drive to destroy the people of the United States for greed. Even Bheoner is guilty of insider trading, come on Jack, wake up! And shake Wolf too!

    March 14, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
  156. Nofah Kingweigh

    It means that trickle down economics is a farce. it means that the republicans you shill for Jack are winning the war against democracy. It means that there are people who stil have money to be taken from them.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
  157. gclaheh

    I don't really trust these statistics. I live in CA and a person who on food stamps can get $200 a month for food stamp benefits. By shopping at three different grocery stores and buying beans, meat, frozen veggies, and pasta in bulk I am able to spend $100 a month on grcoeries and I feed myself and a little girl too. This writer obviously has an agenda to write such an article. Since he feels that the government doesn't do enough to help the poor I wonder what he does for the poor. Do you ever notice that people like that always complain that the govenment doesn't do enough for the poor yet won't ever give money to charities to help the poor?

    March 14, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
  158. Vic

    Don't worry, Obama promised that the stimulus will trickle down to you. But he doesn't know when. So, hang in there.
    Also, the report showed that our economy has been hyperinflated too much for the last 20 years to make things unaffordable to common people. You can buy a value meal at Mickey D for $3 just ten years ago. But now it is $6. Our country needs to have a major deflation. Isn't it better to do this than taxing the rich? Deflation means rich has less money but the poor will be able to buy more with their money. I think it's a win-win. But, however, instead, too bad, politicians will not allow it because the rich has invested too much on them (right and left).

    March 14, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
  159. marybeth, massachusetts

    It means that the US is a 3rd world country, Jack. It also means that the Reagan revolution, continued by Bush the elder and Bush the younger, with help from Wall Street, big corporations, an increasingly radical Republican party, organized religion, have succeeded. They've taken the most successful country in the world and turned it into a 3rd world country. It means that what is left of the social safety nets isn't enough to help all those in need. It means that wages for the middle and working poor haven't kept up with the sky-high increases in housing, gas, food, insurance. I could live on 1970's wages if my costs of living were 1970's costs of living.

    It means that CEOs and corporations and billionaires are wondering what they did wrong and will demand more tax cuts and corporate welfare from the government, which the republicans will be happy to give to them–$2.00 per day per person is too generous. They won't be satisfied until we are forced to live in cardboard boxes under bridges on less than 50 cents per day.

    In 1780's France there was massive suffering–people were starving, the aristocracy and Catholic Church had all of the wealth and power. In 1789 there was a revolution, and by the end of 1793 the King and Queen had been guillotined, along with many of the aristocracy and the church. Property and wealth was confiscated and redistributed.

    There's such greed in the US now, and no one who is wealthy cares about anyone or anything else–I got mine, I don't care about you is the attitude.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
  160. Go Mitt Go

    It's OK, these are PRECISELY the people Mitt Romney doesn't care about. There are safety nets in place, remember? Maybe under his presidency the superrich can adopt a poor family, or two, or 1,000.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
  161. frank

    Thank divorce on demand and a culture that devalues men.

    Don't think a single person (male or female) can raise children as well as both biological parents. THAT'S the TRUE cause in the rise in poverty for children.

    That's not very PC, is it? Oh well... the truth hurts!

    March 14, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
  162. Jack In Silicon Valley

    Romney donates his tithe to the Mormon Church, which has a substantial program in place to help their poor members. I wish that other organizations did as much. But our government has to be the "safety net", because the US is becoming more and more a secularized nation, and pocketing money they would otherwise give to charity for the purchase of a lift ticket or a flat screen.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
  163. THOR

    "...Almost half were headed by whites, one-quarter by blacks, and less than a quarter by hispanics. ..." What about Asians (Indians, Chinese, Japanese, Bangladeshis, Koreans, Arabs, ....) ?

    March 14, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
  164. jon

    It means we should try to find out why they are living in poverty and try to help them get themselves out of it.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
  165. edward smith

    I would really like to understand how the $2 per day was determined. You indicated it does not include food stamps? What else does it not include? If social services pays directly for housing does that count? I am sure there are some unfortunates with this $2 level, but for most of the individuals there are significant other in-kind payments for support. Yet you set all the bleeding and non-thinking hearts off on their rants above.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
  166. Mike in Seattle

    Does everyone commenting on this article really believe that if we were just to dump more money into the "safety nets" that we would resolve this crisis?

    That seems very naive and short sighted. The article lends itself to an "easy answer" approach when in fact there are a lot of other problems that all play a role in the poverty issue in our nation. I believe that we need to address the problems and not just throw more money into a failing system.

    Let's increase the oversight and requirements to receive "safety net" funding and prevent fraud. CNN just recently reported an article of a millionaire lottery winner that is still collecting money for food stamps.

    Let's highlight some of the many real world success stories that are happening each week and focus on actions that are making a difference. If we focus our attention on what's working it'll receive greater funding and increased support. We have a lot of wasteful programs that eat away the attention and financial resources of our country.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
  167. Jim

    Hey Jack,

    How much of your hefty paychecks do you and Wolf donate to charity? I suspect not much if any at all, you just want to see the average tax pay foot a bigger tax bill.

    Where are the fathers that brought these kids into the world? Oh no, let's not go there, they are now the responsibility of the tax payer.

    Sick of it, it is time for personal responsibility, try doing a report on how many tax payers lose their homes because they cannot afford their taxes.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
  168. Ron (Denver)

    It means that most people do not know or want to know about this, and worse, most will not care. Shameful! Hopefully, we can get some more tax cuts to the uber rich. That should about take care of it.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
  169. frank

    It means that Dan Qualye was right. Murphy Brown was a bad role model and single mothers are forcing their children into poverty.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
  170. David

    Not sure about that, but the woman in line in front of me using foodstamps is talking on a iPhone 4S.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
  171. Mike

    It means the government needs to get out of the business of helping poor people. People do not help others because they assume the government is doing it. There was a vote for a radio station in Baltimore for donating a lump sum of money to a nonprofit. The homeless shelter won second place...first place? The Animal Shelter. People assume the government is taking care of others so they don't have to. It's a disgrace.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
  172. Vic

    One more point, deflation means money does not need to be redistributed by the government. You know what would happen if government can lay her hands on money.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
  173. Ken Cramer

    In 2010, U.S. millionaires had a combined wealth of 11.6 trillion dollars. The annual income of the households you describe is about $3,000. You could more than TRIPLE the wealth of those 1.5 million (even the ones lucky enough to have food stamps) with a 1% tax on the wealth of millionaires. But I suppose that would be socialism, and we can't have that!

    March 14, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
  174. Kent

    It means that if some people can do it, the Republicans will make sure that all of us can do it.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
  175. sathya

    I am from India. When I use to go to work, I see kids sleeping in streets, eating from trash. Even though the oppurtunities of High tech worker in India is growing better, one of the main reason I dont want to go back to India is because it is hard for me to pass those people and to go to westernized shopping mall. It is hard not to pass them in India. But fortuanately in US, we could be easily isolated with the so called neighbourhoods and localized shopping centers, freeways that easily bypass such views. In future if the Gap becomes bigger it would be more challenging. Life is inherently greedy. Please dont Mix up progress and greedyness.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
  176. Linda

    It's shameful. Immediately cease all foreign aid and use that money to help Americans here at home.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
  177. Marie

    Too bad this article failed to mention personal responsibility. I know plenty of people who continue to breed while on welfare...There are plenty using their tax refunds on new TV's or down payments on new cars...Using foodstamps on things like Cheetos and Coca Cola...I don't have much sympathy...We are barely middle class...barely, but we certainly CHOOSE to NOT live beyond our means...Some people are poor due to POOR choices. If anything this country needs more abortions...

    March 14, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
  178. Gigi Oregon

    Yes we should be very ashamed that we have voted in these rich thieves in office to tax the lower class and take for them selves great riches. Write laws to protect them from their theft and call the poor lazy. What about the families that live on 20 dollars per person are they supposed to be comfortable rich. Let the occupiers continue...

    NO MORE WARS
    In my opinion, Government service should not be a place to get rich. God and will never Bless America until we act Godly.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
  179. Fernando from dallas tx

    Here is americas biggest mistake allowing millions of americans to recieve food stamps. I can understand medicad but food stamps i cannot. If we cut food stamps out of the picture we will be saving millions of dollars that would go to something else than to LAZY people. Make them get jobs and stop stealing from the pockets of hard working americans. Wake up america ,wake up!

    March 14, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
  180. chris from chicago

    Hmm. how is it most poor people smoke and drink , eat fast food, and snack at the 7-11 on 2 bucks a day? Bogus figures Jack. Get off Romneys case; his comment was accurate.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
  181. ThePastaSauce

    Not to sound callous, but every nation is going to have a percentage of the population that either chooses not to work, tries to just get by on the system or simply lives in an economically non-viable area. Jobs are not a birth right nor are they handed out like door prizes at a party – in today's economic environment you have to work hard to find a job and even harder to keep it once you have one.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
  182. cak

    It means we have to stop giving tax breaks to companies who ship jobs overseas. There will never be enough high paying jobs available in this country if we continue to let US corporations seek a cheaper labor force elsewhere and keep incenting them to do so.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
  183. Benjamin Bard

    It means we need to study opportunity. Why are some people getting opportunity while others are not and how can we change this in an acceptable way. Say you have two groups of people. What is the difference between the group that has great jobs, and the group that lives off $2 per day. Well I know a guy who went to live with the $2 a day. I think he could tell you exactly why and what should be done that would make sense to both sides. Unfortunately, the group who has good jobs may not care if the other group gets good jobs. They probably don't think about them and don't care. In fact, I am sure they blame them 100% and say not everyone can win.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  184. Ellen- Virginia

    It is a shame, but every time the President want to increase wages, the GOP, Fox news network, and any white male who controls the media is against the increase. Since it is more white women who lives on $2 a day now we are hearing about this. Note: since this is on CNN; now we may can get the poor an increase of hourly wages. The wage should be $10 an hour.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  185. Jon in Tempe, Arizona

    It means that the American Dream is dead. The one percent have changed America so that it is no longer a democracy but a plutonomy.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  186. Carol, Washington

    It means that the GOP/social conservatives have too much of a hold on our society.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  187. simon

    So much for "trickle down" economics.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  188. Charlene Terry

    obviously...trickle down is not working.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  189. Robert in Louisvill

    It means we have at least 1.5 million adults who are doing the best they can with next to nothing. And, it means we are not looking out for each other as we were taught to do. Why don't you ask what should be done for these people on tomorrow's show but only allow the top 1 percent to send responses.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  190. Renee

    Conservative and compassionate are two words that DO NOT go together. We're seeing the natural result of catering to the rich at the expense of everyone else. Want to see things get even worse? Elect someone like Romney to the W.H.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  191. Josh

    It means a few things. Some don't want to work, some are picky about the work they want remaining unemployed, and those who really want to work can't find a job because of the selfishness and greediness of Corporate America. Oh and HEY ROMNEY! WHAT SAFETY NET??? Get a clue!

    Josh in Phoenix, AZ

    March 14, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  192. Noonetoblame

    Why is a political party to blame? Why can't there be personal responsibility?

    March 14, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  193. Bob, in Florida

    What does it mean:
    Democrats - "WE" need to have more safety nets in place to help the poor EVEN IF we go deeper in debt.
    Republicans - THERE ARE 1.5 MILLION PEOPLE WHO ARE """NOT""" PAYING INCOME TAXES. (Baley-Hutcheson – EVERYONE should pay a minimum income tax)

    March 14, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  194. DT - Saint Paul, MN

    Can we seriously just figure this out? How do people not get it? When you put all the money in the nation in one bucket, and keep it there without it being able to reach the majority of the people, all those people have less money... WHO doesn't understand this??? Its also COMMEN SENSE when you compete for jobs with 3rd world countries, your working class has to compete with THIRD WORLD WAGES!!! When being successful went from flying first class to owning an airport, it actually WASN'T a good thing.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  195. George

    Only 1.5M? Of course that is families. What about individuals? How many homeless did they not count? How many homeless veterans did they not count?

    March 14, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  196. Tom H - Seattle

    It means that the Reagan Revolution has succeeded, aided and abetted by every president and Congress since. Now we hear the Republican candidates playing the same funeral dirge urging us to put them back in power. Canada may be too dangerous for Dick Cheney, but it isn't for me. Strongly considering it.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  197. Jama

    It means that we are failing as a society. It DOES NOT mean that our government is failing, but that too many of us think that someone else will take care of those less fortunate. It means that each and every one of us needs to personally step out and help those in our community who so desperately need it, rather than waiting for government or charity organizations to do what we should be doing ourselves – taking care of our fellow man.
    Jama Oliver
    Jonesborough, TN

    March 14, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  198. Mike Smith

    a women who has children but no job will get housing, heating, electric, gas, and food stamps. this adds up to more then two dollars a day

    March 14, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  199. Janet, Georgia

    It marks the inevitable progression of the 1% toward complete control of the entire wealth of this country. What is so discouraging is that by using their wealth and power, they can manipulate people into acting against their own interest and that surely going on now. My friend says democracy would be a good idea if it were not for television.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  200. JDS

    Jack, I know your heart's in the right place, but really $2/day/person? I simply don't believe that number on its face. There is more to this story which you're not telling or those who compiled the stats left out.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  201. Dan Creamer

    We obviously have not cut taxes on the rich enough, because not enough is trickling down to the rest of us yet. Right, right, I’m right aren’t I?

    March 14, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  202. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    It means over the last 30 years American businesses have created a promising middle class in China, while replacing our middle class with the income of the poorest Chinese. All with the help of kowtowing politicians, welcome to America.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  203. mike

    Wow, $2 a day is only $1.33 after taxes.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  204. Steve

    It means the corporatist republicans have yet to completed their mission. There is still somewhere in the neighborhood of $2 left on the table.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  205. david

    It means the status quo rules. Rich keep getting richer...the poor keep getting poorer.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  206. Jacob

    It means that our government and politicians care only about the big companies and the rich and could care less about th e individuals who live in poverty.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  207. Dave Hopkins MN

    To paraphrase the story of Emperor Nero, Congress fiddles while America burns

    March 14, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  208. George

    How about a new foundation: adopt an American family or homeless vet for only $2 a day?

    March 14, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  209. Bill from Maine

    It means the Haves took too much!

    March 14, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  210. Tom from Des Moines

    It means we have lost our way and have allowed the social Darwinist crowd of the right (survival of the fittest/let them eat cake) to corrupt what used to be a compassionate country.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  211. Jim In Pittsburgh

    Poor does not necessarily mean lazy or stupid. But the conservatives of this country have been painting that false picture for at least two decades. This is the result: tax cuts for the rich and a weaker social safety net for the poor - and fewer tools for them to improve their lot in life. See, Mitt, you SHOULD worry about the very poor!

    March 14, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  212. tom weaver

    It means we are more willing to spend a billion dollars a month killing people half way around the world than feeding our own children.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  213. Linda Colford

    It means that all of our elected officials need to live on less than 2 dollars a day for one month. No cell phones, no staff, no bank accounts or credit cards. Instead of concentrating all efforts on running for the next election, let them run through the red tape that is necessary to access the "safety net" for the poor and working poor of this great country we call America. Pack a few items in a backpack and throw a bible in if they wish, because they are going to be praying a lot for the next month.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  214. GARYHALLENTERTAINMENT

    So, what do you want jack, the rich have the political power the poor have nothing, this have been the standard in America since its inception, this should not come as a surprise to anyone, what is a surprise is that CNN is actually mentioning it, the gap between the rich and the poor is wider than ever, and if anyone of the moronic republicans is elected president, its just gonna get worst for the minorities, and the poor, that's a fact, and the republicans wouldn't have it any other way.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  215. jaymie from Roseville, Ca

    ..It means we need to start taking care of the citizens of this country before we spend any more money on foreign countries.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  216. Francis Caporale

    It shows that capitalism needs to be controlled so that the country can take care of Americans. Food for the poor wouldn't hurt, and maybe health care as well. The rest of the civilized world doesn't let this happen. It makes me feel ashamed.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  217. Olivia Fite

    It means the problem is real!

    March 14, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  218. Brian Wickremasinghe - Woodland Hills

    How accurate are the statistics? A bit far fetched, but if it is correct we are getting closer to the third world levels. Shocking.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  219. Frank

    It means that there is some unreasonably high compensation on the other end of the bell curve. Shareholders, boards of directors and compensation comities should consider that a $3 Million dollar salary to one person could instead represent $50,000 salaries to 60 people – who would probably also consume / "job create" more than the single $3M earner.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  220. Tamara in Daly City, CA

    That 1.5 million Americans live on $2 per day says that President Obama's economic policies are failing. Mitt Romney is rightly concerned about the needs of the millions of Americans who don't qualify for public assistance programs, whose incomes are not keeping pace with inflation, whose savings are being depleted to pay for necessities, who will soon join the 1.5 million impoverished Americans for whom there is no hope of upward mobility. Mitt Romney can turn things around. Barack Obama has demonstrated that he cannot.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  221. Jesika Hollywood

    It makes the GOP candidates and their Super Pacs look completely out of touch with the majority of Americans, and just down right greedy! Romney's Super Pac alone spent $2.7 million in negative TV ads against Rick Santorum – and that was just from the most recent primaries in Alabama, Mississippi, Illinois and Louisiana! And then, he wants to get rid of Planned Parenthood so mother's have to spend their $2 a day on birth control instead? Honestly, how does he sleep at night?

    March 14, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  222. Larry R

    It means our priorities are very messed up, Jack. And it means too many people have been drinking the economic witch's brew the GOP has been foisting on the gullible. It also means the Democrats can't get their act together either. Finally, it means we are a deeply divided country, unable to come together to solve our problems, with leaders who only perpetuate the division. And that brings us back to our messed up priorities.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  223. Bill in Colorado Springs

    Jack, how can you be so superised about so many people living in ultrapoverty. When the top 1% acqire 93% of the revinue, someone has to lose. Perhaps the Kock brothers and Mitt Romney can be convinced that they should give up 50% of their increased this year to help these in such great need. Wait, I am sorry, an event like that would only happen in a coutry where the rich really cared about what happens to the poor. I say bring back the 70 % tax bracket.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  224. JD in WI

    Comments like this make me crazy:
    ""latuya83
    I don't mean to sound heartless, but I'm sorry if you live in the US and you are making under $2 a day that's your own damn problem, please go back to school and finish highschool or get your GED , anyone who lives in this extreme poverty should not be having kids, why would anyone have a child when they can't even support themselves. Anyone can get a job at McDonalds and make way more the $2 a day, this is ridiculous.""

    This commenter decides that he/she is doesn't want to sound heartless, but suggests that if you are that poor you should get your GED or high-school education. Did anyone else notice the many many spelling and grammar errors? Lack of correct punctuation?

    Seems to me "latuya83" is the one that needs to further their education.

    Though this is likely a very sensationalist statistic, it brings a worthy question to the table yet again: Trickle-Down Economics DOES NOT WORK!

    March 14, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  225. Bill in SE MN

    It's not what the government is spending or even what they are spending it on.

    It's simply that we've allowed our economy to shift from one based on manufacturing and industry to one based on low-paying services. We've gone from being producers to being servants. Middle class families that used to make money for the retail industry can no longer afford to buy anything at retail, because their high wage jobs have been replaced by low wage ones.

    Instead of throwing money at the problem, we need to find sensible ways to encourage the growth of new industries – industries that aren't based on shuffling paper on Wall Street.. One big problem is that our business community has become accustomed to waiting for the government to bribe them to get them to do things that are good for the country, with disastrous results.

    We need to start by eliminating corporate welfare – particularly the subsidies and tax breaks for energy companies, to force them to make changes to become more competitive. Want to see cheap gas? Break up the oil companies so they don't own refineries, and make them actually compete with each other. Want to see cheaper gas? Encourage alternative fuels by helping to build infrastructure to replace it – trains, natural gas refueling stations, battery swap stations to make electric cars more practical. Use the revenue from eliminating the subsidies to accomplish these things and reduce the national debt, too.

    Instead, we will cut more government services to the middle class with the excuse that money is needed to feed the poor, which shoveling it into the pockets of the wealthy as fast as we can.

    Class warfare? Yes, someone has been pursuing class warfare against the middle class for about 30 years now, and the war is almost over. The middle class is getting wiped out.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  226. gg

    means the republican master plan is working

    March 14, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  227. JC in Pa

    Don't confuse conservatism with being compassionate. If it's not clear they aren't related by now it will never be. Look around you. Not necessarily bad or good, just not part of the bargain.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  228. Cassandra

    Calabasas, CA
    This $2/day fact is more proof that unbridled capitalism does exactly what the uber rich designed it to do, make the rich richer while the poor (and dare I say the shrinking middle class) are getting poorer. Time to redesign our capitalist oligarchy back into a system that works for all. Where do we start? Get big money out of our campaign system.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  229. Nina Fox

    It means, Jack, that the “Blow Back” from the nefarious 1% obscene wealth is creating a 2 class population resulting in America being a 3rd world country. How more obvious can this be!!!

    ~Nina
    So. California

    March 14, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  230. Linda Hachey

    unfortunately, to some people, it means absolutely nothing.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  231. Mike

    It means that Capitalism has won

    March 14, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  232. Mark, Clinton, Iowa

    It obviously means we need more government and more programs and more taxes and more money and more.....
    This is 0.4% of the population. There will ALWAYS be those on the low end of the scale – for whatever reason.
    So has anyone determined why those 800,000 don't get food stamps?

    March 14, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  233. Peg

    Jack, it causes me to wonder, how many cheesy grits can be had for two bucks a day!!!

    March 14, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  234. Chuck, Georgia

    It means that there are more at $3, $4, etc. Get the whole picture on the screen and keep it there with the nausiating regularity that we are faced with the 'news' of the drivel we get about the clueless four. It is not a tax problem, it is an income inequality problem that has existed for decades and keeps getting ignored by all of these leaders with small crosses and flags on their lapels. Add to those on the bottom of the income list, those unemployed and those young people we keep putting in countries whose leaders are even better than ours at ignoring those at the bottom and you have the pretty picture that has been getting worse for my 75 years.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  235. Kabel

    We should be ashamed of ourselves? Absolutely!

    Think about it people $2 a day. A taco bell taco costs 99 cents. So what does that mean for these people, these children? A taco and a tent maybe?

    My family is Christian and as a pillar to our faith and just of personal beliefs we try to donate to people on the streets, but honestly it's not as much as we should. The really funny thing is, and it's not really funny at all, is how many Christian friends we have who care more about their personal wealth and "financial freedom" than their Christian beliefs. Financial freedom? Since when does financial freedom mean, "Hey we have a few hundred thousand in the bank!". Actually it means , "Me Me Me". Better yet, those same friends support the GOP and talk about how they are the hope for our future as Christians, especially tax cuts and tax breaks for business owners. One of our friends owns a small business which works on programming computer software. They are always talking about how they deserve breaks on their taxes or should not have to pay taxes at all since they give back to the community and the public by generating jobs. Funny thing is the only people they employ are family members and all of their business comes from government contracts. Yes, I could see how you deserve those tax breaks.

    My point is, as Christians we are suppose to be setting an example, we are suppose to be a light in the darkness, but we aren't, we are continually asking for more and expecting more for ourselves than ranting about how righteous we are. Than we turn around and criticize non-Christians for not doing more. Well it's time to start doing more ourselves. It's time we start being that light in the darkness and I am not just saying that, I will put my money where my mouth is and lead by example.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  236. ryan

    No one has put this number out there........ this is less than HALF of 1 percent of the population. Period.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  237. Vonnie Peterson

    If certain people cared as much for the 2.8 million children in this country living at poverty level as they do women's reproductive rights, then this country would be a better place.
    Lawrence, ks

    March 14, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  238. Robbie

    It means that we, as a country, have dropped the ball. We pay a lot of attention to who wins our favorite reality show. We pay a lot of attention to the plight of various celebrity marriages and families. We pay a lot of attention to the morals of elected officials...

    but we don't seem to pay much attention to our neighbors.

    Ours is the richest country in the history of the world. every one of our citizens should have food, shelter and clothing. every single one. before we send the military to X or increase our border patrol in Y or fund the rebels in Z, we should make sure that everyone.. EVERYONE... has food to eat, clean water to drink, clothing to wear and a warm and dry place to sleep. I don't think that's too much to ask, and shame on us if we continue to let this happen.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  239. DeeNYC

    That's some slow trickling.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  240. Alan NYC

    Hey Jack if you're going to quote Mitt Romney, why not be fair and include his full statement. Regarding the safety net he said if there are holes in it we would close them. Your edited version was only meant to hurt Romney, make him seem heartless & it seems all too often you single him out.So why was there NO comment regarding the Obama's failures on this issue, after all they're running the Gov't not Mitt. How about some fairness.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  241. Thinkforyourself, OK

    It means that Progressives have stolen all the wealth from Americans by growing the government with all it's entitlements and printing, printing, printing money..

    March 14, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  242. Saboth

    "We should be ashamed of ourselves."
    "The national poverty center reports that households living in "extreme poverty" surged by 130% in the last 15 years."
    Why should I be ashamed of myself? My tax dollars are the reason they have welfare and food stamps to begin with. I'm doing my part. Now...if you want to berate someone, go focus on these billion dollar corporations paying their employees minimum wage with no benefits while their CEOs make 315X more than the average in their company. The rich have all the money while the middle class struggle. Poor people have medicaid, welfare, food stamps to fall back on. The middle class makes a lot more money, but they have to pay full price for their insurance, medicine, food. So no...the rich should be ashamed, but many of us are simply barely keeping our head above water too since we don't get bailouts or safety nets to help us.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  243. OCCUPY WALLSTREET 2016 FOR CONGRESS

    Well, if I were one of those unlucky few living on 2$ a day, I'd do one of two things.

    My first option would be to join some kind of anti-america militia movement, pick up a gun, and fight for my livlihood. My second option would be to walk into a supermarket and tell the manager to call the cops because I'm gonna rob some food from the store. You can live better in jail than out on the street for 2$ a day.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  244. steve from michigan

    it means that, like all our other "wars," we lost the war on poverty too. add it to the list of failures; vietnam, iraq, afghanistan, the war on drugs. just another in along list of lost "wars"

    March 14, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  245. Dan Creamer

    The fact is that the government and major international corporations have entered into a partnership that has agreed to dispense with any vestige of a public conscience they might have once had. If you think it is bad now just wait until BOA finally fails and all of the local and state governments teetering on the verge of bankruptcy follow them over the cliff. Two dollars a day will be a windfall once that happens and it is going to happen.

    Mountain West

    March 14, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  246. Jacob

    It means that our government simply doesn't care about the individuals living in poverty and is being controlled by the big companies and rich.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  247. Jenny Gibbons

    It doesn't mean anything - because you haven't explained how this number was calculated, what it does and does not include. You're just trying to shock people. Throw out a scary number like this and any number of people are happy to start emoting, wildly.

    You admit that this figure doesn't include food stamps. What about other forms of public assistance? It's rather disingenuous to claim that the safety net "isn't working" when you explicitly remove the net from your calculations. Maybe it isn't as exciting/upsetting to say "1.5 million Americans live on $2 a day plus public assistance." But isn't that the truth? I've been in Third World nations, and in very poor regions of America. They aren't the same.

    I'm a liberal and I'm happy to pay for public assistance. However I don't think that this kind of hype and false drama helps the poor. It just encourages people to bloviate.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  248. JC

    It means America is no way as great as it thinks it is.
    Free Education for all who desire it. Not for profit!
    Free (and REAL) Health Care for all who need it. No more Health Care Industry and causing suffering, instead of healing, for profits.
    It's what taxes should pay for. Not endless war, colonization, and empire building.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  249. Disgusted in Bend.........

    Simply DISGUSTING ..... Just hard to believe that there will be $8 billion spent on the Presidential election this year and we have so many living on a few bucks a day.... Oh I am so not proud to be an American!!!! Sickening this will not be on the political radar... At least MITT knows they are all taken care of.... Wonder if the poor know that?

    March 14, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  250. GivingALittleHelpsALot

    Larry from Georgetown, Tx, 42.6 million Americans living under the poverty line represents more than 10% of the population, not 1%.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  251. Donaldo in ATL

    It means all of the money we have spent on educational and funding social help programs have left many behind. Our solution to throw money at problems is a failed one, we now see it in the faces of those it failed. It also means that we have failed to teach people accountability, we have a generation or so of people the product of The Great Society. We all should learn a lesson from these stats.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  252. Ralph Nelson

    It means supply-side economics doesn't work. Republicans have been using the tax system to transfer wealth from the middle class to the rich since 1980 (check the Census). Result: Poverty. We are now fourth in the world in income inequality, only behind #3 Mexico where 16 families own almost everything. The rich have so much money now they buy our politicians and elections. When are we going to bust up Big Business, bust up the big banks, tax the rich, and drive the economy by restoring the middle class? FDR where are you. .

    March 14, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  253. Michael in Albuquerque, NM

    Ramen noodles have become a main dietary staple across the nation. I shows that the wallstreet has sucked us dry, and thrown us out with the trash. We have to put people above profit.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  254. George

    Little wonder crime is so high: it pays. We spend about $100 a day to incarcerate petty criminals. How about incarcerating these Wall Street chumps who don't care who they step on instead?

    March 14, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  255. Blake

    I live on $50/month, sure I'm single but it's all about cooking in bulk. Top ramen, macaroni, 99 cent salads. Stuff like that.

    Eitherway I don't consider myself poor or poverty level, and it's probably the reason why people living on $2/day get none of my pity. Except the children, they need better than that.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  256. Michael, Springfield VA

    It means that all of those obscene profits posted by Exxon is the money these people had to spend on food after they bought the minimum amount of gas they needed. It means that the corporations that got taxpayer bailouts used the money to ship jobs overseas. It means that corporate America has been successful in convincing Congress to sell out the middle class. Millions achieve poverty while the 1% continues to buy this democracy right out from under us from a complicit and corrupt Congress. ENOUGH!

    March 14, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  257. mt45

    I'm assuming the number doesn't include welfare or any other government benefits, so its a little misleading. Basically, 1.5 million families didn't have any employed members last year. That doesn't mean they were all eating roadkill. Depending on the state they live in, many received government assistance, had help from families, lived off savings, etc. I'm not saying its a pretty picture, but this information like that is left out just to rile you up. And I'm all for higher taxes, but taking a more money from people with jobs isn't going to increase anyone's income – though it might allow for more government benefits, which again, probably aren't included in this number anyway.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  258. Susan in Pennsylvania

    It means that people are having way more children than they can support without any sense of personal responsibility. It means that families and schools have failed in their efforts to educate the children in personal responsibility and its close association with graduating from high school to break the cycle of government assistance dependence; and it means that the government continues to reward irresponsible behavior by handing out so-called "safety nets" to people who have not paid anything into the system that supports them for an unlimited timeframe. Unless someone is disabled or elderly, ALL GOVERNMENT BENEFITS SHOULD HAVE TIME LIMITS.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  259. OCCUPY WALLSTREET 2016 FOR CONGRESS

    And to all the people yelling for more personal responsibility, I sort of agree.

    One one hand I have one of those welfare stepbrothers who loafs around with a mild mental illness collecting food stamps and wasting whatever money he earns on the side from "odd under the table jobs" on cigarettes and other stupid crap.

    On the other hand I see laws being lobbied for by people who want to accumulate wealth in the hands of the 1%. You can't blame people for being cynical and uncaring when they see such disparity in wealth that does not come from hard work.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
  260. TRH

    The poverty rate and especially the child poverty rate is nearly the highest in the world among the industrialized nations. I've known these stats for months.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
  261. Donald, Toronto Canada

    Hi Jack as a Canadian reading your article I cringe. Yes there is poverty even in Canada but when I hear people like John McCain and the Republican presidential candidates calling for the President to authorize military action against Syria and Iran, I am at a lost. These are the same people saying the country's debt and the resulting deficit is ballooning so you should cut social services to the people who needs it the most, do not provide health care to the needy who through no fault of many cannot find work and that the rich should be given a tax break but the middle class and low income should pay through their noses. I wonder if the American electorates are taking note of those facts. Now Jack, I am not a fan of welfare for lazy fat or skinny people who do not want to work but acting as leaches on society. I am a black man who was told by my mother and father that it is honourable to work even if it is to clean the toilet or sweep the floor but I should not sit down a wait for a handout if I can find work any legal and morally scrupulous work from which I pay my taxes. So, I am not surprise by the statistic but still I cringed because I heard Gov. Santorum say President Obama was a snob for saying every young person should seek for a college education. Yes that may be trade college or a diploma or degree program. If Americans are not educated, the jobs will keep on going to India and China where they are out educating Americans and willing to work for much less. The wealthy who the Republicans say should be given more tax breaks do not care about the middle class or the poor. They have a mandate as stewards of companis that are beholden to shareholders to maximize profit at any cost. So they will always seek for the nearest jurisdiction for the people who are educated and willing to work for less. That therefore means that Americans are going to have to bite the bullet and work for a little less if they have the education and want the jobs to stay onshore. The only way to get those wealthy weazels to change tatics is if there goods are banned from American shores. That also would be another problem for the service sector. So Americans need to see who will provide the best oportunity for them to have a job. Reward the companies that keep jobs in America and enable them to send their children to college. Do not get GREEDY by asking for too much benefits. Work with those companies that are helping out. Yes Apple is America's highest valued company but where are the i-Phones and i-Pads are mainly manufactured. Not in America. It is in China but mostly sold in America. See the picture Jack.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
  262. Georgiawoman59

    It is very sad that we can send billions to other countries to help their poverty and thus are left with minimal funds to help our own people, First and foremost, can any one tell how many of those that are getting welfare, foodstamps, medicaid acutally need or deserve them? If we would stop sending money overseas, get those off the government aid that are fully capable of working and do not truly need the help except maybe a quick kick in the rearend to get up, get out and get a job, then we might actually be able to take care of our own.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
  263. Sheryl Gaffket

    Jack, I am one of those 1.5 million people with a family of 4. We have never been on vacation, bought new clothes we go to Goodwill, we use food pantries when we need to. I do not get food stamps because I make 6 dollars too much to qualify, thank goodness for school breakfast and lunch programs. I think most of Congress, President and the GOP have left the poor in the dust. It is not our fault we are trying to dig out but just can't when prices keep going up. Soon we will be even in worse shape when prices go up. Believe me the Electric co or Natural gas co do not care they want to be paid or off with your utlities. I have no credit cards so that helps. I am at bare bones now, we are even selling our blood to make ends meet.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
  264. Tyler

    Jack – These statistics seem highly skeptical. If we are talking about the bottom 1.5 million Americans, it would point to strictly the homeless. If that's the case, how exactly did they go about asking the homeless how much they live on in a single day? Also, I work in a heavy homeless area population and any homeless person panhandling makes well more than $2 a day...

    And to Janie – If you are struggling to put food on the table at the end of the month, I would highly suggest cutting out the cable bill you mentioned you had to pay. I dont think the government intends for you to watch reality tv shows with the disability money.

    To the

    March 14, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
  265. Big Lebowski

    It means we are all absolutely screwed!

    March 14, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
  266. Bobby

    It means we can do what we do best in this country and place blame. It was only 50 years ago we had no social programs. How did we make it then? We were all poor. Folks took responsibility. They lived within their means because that was the only way. We built, and farmed, and neighbors helped neighbors. Everyone helped, not just some. Today we blame and play me, me, me. We did have a great run in the US though.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
  267. Liz

    It means that if you'd take a look around and take the time to see the world from someone else's perspective, you'd learn something. For instance, the cabinets aren't always going to be full. What if you had to send your kids to school without supper or breakfast and tell them to eat as much as they can at school because it's free and you have nothing, or, what if they were forced to make that conclusion on their own when they looked for food every night to no prevail? These are our kids. They're supposed to have a childhood, not be forced to grow up early and worry. In my opinion, it's the parent's job to care for their kids. To not be able to would seem like failure as a parent. It should seem like a failure as a government to not provide the opportunities to succeed at parenthood.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
  268. Sunbow

    Unfortunately there are a lot of people in our country who simply do to want to work!

    March 14, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
  269. Ryan in North Carolina

    It means that it is time to stop pointing fingers at each other and get down to the business of defining and acting upon our priorities. Would we prefer to live in a heavily fortified and militarized nation at the expense of feeding our own people? I think (or at least, I hope) that most of us, Republican or Democrat or Independent, would answer that question the same way. We cannot help others if we are unable to help ourselves. At the same time, we need to end the national sense of entitlement by requiring service of those who benefit from government programs (and I'm talking about corporations as well as individuals). There is plenty of work to be done to renovate our great nation and restore our reputation and sense of national pride, and those who are subsidized should be required to contribute something back to the system which supports them.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
  270. Craig

    $2/day is a common wage in many countries. As goods and services are produced elsewhere, and cheaper elsewhere, wages here will invariably decline. As the process continues - and as the 1% continues to shift labor and production outside the US - poverty will become the "new normal" for many Americans, unfortunately. And with our prodigious government spending, our social safety protections - foodstamps, for example - will eventually be curtailed or disappear under "no tax" strictures. Welcome to the 21st century!!! -

    March 14, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
  271. diridi

    GOP Greed....that's it. Ban all tax deductions to CHARITY.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
  272. ActiveDuty in SoCal

    @ sheryl....but you have money to access the internet? And not at the local library because if that was the case you wouldn't be commenting on a CNN op-ed. Spare me your whining and get off the couch.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
  273. Alex

    How many of these are farmers that grow their own food and barter rather than dealing in cash? We need more data before jumping to conclusions.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
  274. JR

    What does it mean? Big Corporation and their Greedy Partners, do not pay their rightful share of taxes. Also, they support slavery work; so they can be big Pigs! It is not the government faults, unless they are giving these tax breaks for taking jobs off shore. When the workers try to protect themselves, some government leaders and corporations, bust them and states it is the Workers Rights to Unionize that is to fault.
    Union breaking is the insults to the working class individuals, just that! And if people vote for politicians who do not support to protect the working class. Well, they deserve to live on less than $2 a day!

    March 14, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
  275. coloradom

    It means we, as a country, need to do more to help those families. So, instead of taking personal responsibility and helping out our own, we're relying on the government to do it for us. To be honest, that's the easy way out. Regardless of what the government does, the people of this country need to be giving more. If you aren't in poverty, and you aren't giving, then you are part of the problem.

    Has anyone even stopped to think that how a lot of us view the Republican Party is the same way that the rest of the world views the United States? We complain about the 1% and yet we do the very same things.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
  276. Jay Brown

    Jack,
    We Americans rely on the Government way to much. Folks need to work harder to more independent of of government and take care of themselves. If you depend on someone else for your living and your future and put all your eggs in one basket, be prepared when the basket is taken away.
    Jay

    March 14, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
  277. Linda King

    It means we as a society should be ashamed of our wealthy.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
  278. BD70

    It means you better fill up at school because home meals are going to be sparce. It means that we should continue to provide food for our own citizens aka foodstamps. After all we are the bread basket of the world. Feed our own and then feed others. By the way...I blame it on mega farms and cities. People are losing the skills to grow their own. Not entirely...but we are getting there. I bet quite a few don't realize where that food comes from when they buy at the local grocer.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
  279. Cindy

    Americans are not ashamed, they are just greedy. This is why almost half of the school children qualify for free lunches. Probably the only meal they get each day. This is all the result of Republicans refusing to raise the minimum wages. This keeps all wages at the bottom low. Republicans think these people should work for less so rich Republicans can make more.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
  280. DBLA

    50% of them are white? 25% are black? I drive by home depot and see laborers waiting for work that day. One of the local towns even has a designated place where you can pick them up! I'VE NEVER SEEN A WHITE OR BLACK PERSON THERE! If you are living on less than $2 a day and can't get your rear to Home Depot to look for work then you are seriously lazy. Seriously.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
  281. Alicia from Kansas

    In truth, it doesn't matter who the candidate for President, senator or governor is because America is going downhill regardless. They say it takes two parents to work to support the household. How can they when daycare costs are so high but you can't qualify for assisted programs because you make just over the income limit. Shelters are overflowing because people cannot afford to live. Food prices, housing prices, daycare costs, education costs, etc all adds up and nothing is helping. People are becoming criminals just to have housing, medical and food provided for them. Anyone think that's crazy? We have programs helping out immigrants and not our own citizens. Education is going down the drain due to budget cuts yet we tell citizens that they need an education. Go to college and get a better job some say. But don't guarantee that you will get a good job. Oh and by the way payback all of the loans you needed to go to school. And they wonder why more and more Americans are poor. For once I would love a candidate for any political office to just say, "things are screwed up. I can't guarantee anything but I can at least promise that I will try". I would vote for that candidate anyday.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
  282. JR

    Stop supporting American Companies who take jobs off shore, then sell it to the consumer. Buy only unionize products, and protest against those Big Corporations who shove China, Vietnam, India, and all others – where American Companies are producing the products. Think – Look – and research where products are made. When the consumers stops buying off shore products, maybe just maybe, the hurt will go up to the 1%!

    March 14, 2012 at 5:55 pm |