Image by Brookings InstitutionOn February 9, the Center for Effective Public Management at Brookings hosted Senator Sanders, the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, to discuss his economic policy ideas to spur growth and rebuild America’s middle class. ©Paul Morigi Photography
“America’s wealth grew by 60 percent in the past six years, by over $30 trillion. In approximately the same time, the number of homeless children has also grown by 60 percent”
More disturbing is that the United States achieved a ranking of 26 out of 29 developed countries based on the material well-being of its children. That’s according to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).
In the United States, and globally, we have a substantial disparity between rich and poor that has produced huge increases in income inequality and poverty.
Many even believe that poverty is desirable to keep the system in balance.
Because of capitalism’s essential nature, which is to serve the self-interest of capitalist, wealth in the United States continues to grow while income inequality, poverty and the number of homeless children increases. Accordingly, more and more of those who once considered themselves middle-class are now joining the ranks of the poor.
The dismal fact is the United States hates its poor.
It doesn’t speak highly of the richest country in the world that brags about being a human rights leader, who criticizes other countries for their human rights abuses, and lays claims to American exceptionalism.
Moreover, we are not only a country that deprives so many of its citizens some hope of breaking free from the destitution but also the violence that runs rampant in underprivileged communities. And, it seems the political right will do anything in their power to retain certain levels of poverty and gun violence..
The United States, prodded by its citizens, must make a serious commitment to end poverty. But it requires all of us “to face the fact that capitalism has always reproduced widespread poverty as the other side of profits for a relative few.”
“Many small people in small places doing many small things can change the world.” If we put our hearts and minds to the challenge, we can bring about change and make our country what it historically has claimed itself to be.
Copyright © 2015 Horatio Green