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    1 in 7  living below the poverty line, a time when we need safety nets more than ever, not cuts.....

    According to the Census Bureau, the nation's poverty rate is at its highest level in decades. More than 46 million people -- one in seven Americans -- are living below the poverty line, 16.4 million of them children.

    Another 30 million Americans are just a lost job or serious illness away from joining them. And in the last six years alone, more than 20 million people have joined the ranks of those relying on food stamps to get by.

    Meanwhile, the rich are only getting richer. Income inequality in the United States is greater now than at any time since 1929.

    It has gotten so severe that, according to a report by the nonpartisan Economic Policy Institute, low-earning workers in the United States are actually worse off than low-earning workers in all but seven similarly developed countries.

    "Who are these men who really run this land? And why do they run it with such a thoughtless hand?" David Crosby

    by allenjo on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 02:01:20 PM PDT

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