Record Breaking Poverty in America:
52.8 Million and Growing; 46 Million on Food Stamps;
34 Million in Need of Work; Over 1 Million Deaths Annually;
World's Largest Prison Population
The attitude of many wealthy Christians today reveals the
miserable condition of their hearts, and not only their
hearts, but the hearts of all those who refuse to "come
clean" with regard to what the "End of Days" are really
all about. They completely misunderstand what the Gospel
of the Kingdom is - and that is because they have no eyes
with which to see, and no ears with which to hear. They
are like those about whom Jesus said:
"For this people's heart is waxed gross, and
their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they
have closed; lest at any time they should see with their
eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand
with their heart, and should be converted, and I should
heal them." (Matthew 13:15) [We urge you to read this article for yourself, "Liberation
Theology: The Vatican and the CIA; Ghosts and Phantoms."]
As I have indicated over and over again on the pages
of this website, the plain fact of the matter is, the
New Testament clearly evinces a bias AGAINST the rich;
indeed, Jesus Himself plainly expressed this bias when
The rich attempting to get through the eye of a sewing needle
"It is easier for a camel to go through the
eye of a [sewing] needle, than for a rich man to enter
into the kingdom of God." (Mark 10:25)
And He went on to say,
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, BECAUSE
HE HATH ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL [OF THE KINGDOM
OF HEAVEN] TO THE POOR
..." (Luke 4:18)
Luke 4:18 is substantiated in Luke 6:20 where Jesus
"BLESSED BE YE POOR:
FOR YOURS IS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN." (Luke 6:20)
This same verse is rendered "Blessed are the
POOR IN SPIRIT: FOR THEIRS IS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN"
in Matthew 5:3 - "poor in spirit" being but
the natural outcome of the condition of poverty, WHICH
IN THIS LIFE IS ALMOST ALWAYS THE RESULT OF THE OPPRESSION
OF THE RICH OVER THE POOR.
It is to precisely these people — the poor in
spirit — that we in Antipas have been led of the
Lord to carry the Gospel of the Kingdom in the old motor-home
that He has given us through the gracious giving of so
many of you.
And just how widespread poverty is becoming in the
United States today is clearly detailed in the following
article. [Please see our article, "Going
Outside the Camp."]
Snapshot: According to most recent Census
Bureau data, from 2005 — 2009, average US household wealth
declined by 28%. This represents a loss of $27,000 per household.
Currently, at least 62 million Americans, 20% of US households,
have zero or negative net worth.
The Census figures cited above are based on statistics that
have been consistently proven to be lowball estimates. The
government and corporate media spread propaganda on vital economic
statistics that mask the severity of our economic crisis.
Deceptive inflation, unemployment, poverty and GDP measures,
which cast the illusion of recovery, are easily exposed with
some research and a closer look at the data. Throughout this
report, we will explore significant examples of government economic
propaganda. In several cases, the government has been forced
to revise their numbers due to proven inaccuracies. The government's
"revisions" are most always for the worse, and are usually just
a footnote correction that the public is rarely ever aware of.
All that being said, for many statistics we are forced to use
government data, as there are not any other extensive data sets
available from alternative sources.
Record Breaking Poverty
The Census Bureau poverty rate is a horribly flawed measurement
that uses outdated methodology. The Census measures poverty
based on costs of living metrics established in 1955 —
56 years ago. They ignore many key factors, such as the increased
costs of medical care, child care, education, transportation,
and many other basic costs. They also don't factor geographically-based
costs of living. The National Academy of Science measure, which
gets little if any corporate media coverage, gives a much more
accurate account of poverty, as they factor in these vital cost
of living variables.
The most current Census data revealed that 43.6 million
Americans, 14.3% of the population, lived in poverty in
2009. While that is a staggering number that represents the
highest number of American people to ever live in poverty, and
a dramatic increase of four million people since 2008, it significantly
under-counted the total. Last year, in my analysis, extrapolating
data from 2008 National Academy of Science findings, I
estimated that the number of Americans living in poverty in
2009 was at least 52 million. Recently, the National
Academy of Science released their latest findings, backing up
my claim by revealing that 52,765,000 Americans, 17.3% of the
population, lived in poverty in 2009.
The poverty rate for children is even worse. According to
Census data, a total of 15.5 million American children lived
in poverty in 2009, which is 20% of all children. The number
of children in poverty increased 28% since 2000, and jumped
10% from 2008 to 2009. Extrapolating data from the 2009 National
Academy of Science poverty rate, in relation to the Census childhood
poverty data, the number of American children
living in poverty in 2009 is more accurately 18.8 million, which
is 24%, or nearly one in four.
Other than this rapidly increasing number children who are
in families that have recently fallen into poverty, "every
day in America 2,573 babies are born into poverty."
As the chart to the right shows, even with the lower Census
numbers, nine major American cities have a poverty rate over
It is important to note, based on many key indicators, as you
will see throughout this report, the overall poverty totals
have increased since 2009. Also consider that the recent deficit
reduction plan is going to cut "anti-poverty" programs that
currently assist tens of millions of Americans. A
study by the National Bureau of Economic Research estimates
that "the poverty rate would double without these programs."
It is predicted that the new deficit deal will cut the funding
for these programs in half, which, based on these estimates,
would bring the total number of Americans living in poverty
up to 80 million people, 26% of the population.
Record Breaking Food Insecurity
For another revealing statistic, which has been quickly increasing,
we can look at the number of Americans currently surviving off
of food stamps. In 2005, 25.7 million Americans needed food
stamps, currently 45.8 million people
rely on them. As the chart to the right shows, the
number of people in need of food stamps has been rapidly increasing
Meanwhile, Congress is cutting the funding for the food stamp
program at a time when the Department of Agriculture estimates
that an additional 22.5 million people will need them, bringing
the total number of Americans in need of food assistance to
a stunning 68.3 million people.
Record Breaking Unemployment
While the "official" unemployment rate hovers around 9%,
14 million people, the government's numbers are deceptively
low once again. The only reason unemployment has stayed below
10% for the past few months is because millions of long-term
unemployed, and part-time workers who are looking for full-time
work, are not included in the baseline government unemployment
rate. John Williams, from ShadowStats.com, has a consistently
proven method of tracking unemployment that provides a much
more accurate view of the overall situation. As shocking as
it may sound, when you apply his SGS method, counting the total
number people in need of employment, you
get a current unemployment rate of 22.5%, which is an all-time
record total of 34 million people currently in need of work.
Here is how the SGS rate is calculated:
"The seasonally-adjusted SGS Alternate Unemployment Rate
reflects current unemployment reporting methodology adjusted
for SGS-estimated long-term discouraged workers, who were
defined out of official existence in 1994. That estimate is
added to the BLS estimate of U-6 unemployment, which includes
short-term discouraged workers.
"The U-3 unemployment rate is the monthly headline number.
The U-6 unemployment rate is the Bureau of Labor Statistics'
(BLS) broadest unemployment measure, including short-term
discouraged and other marginally-attached workers as well
as those forced to work part-time because they cannot find
On top of these shocking figures, the labor force participation
rate, which measures the percentage of the total population
currently working, has fallen to a 27-year low of 63.9%.
Currently, an all-time record 6.3 million people have been
unemployed for over six months. As the chart to the right
shows, the average time it takes for a person to find a job
has also just hit an all-time high of 40.4 weeks.
As companies continue to downsize and shift jobs overseas,
unemployment is once again accelerating. Private-sector job
cuts in July surged 60% to a 16-month high. When accounting
for population growth within the total labor force, from December
2007 to present, we have lost 10.6 million jobs.
With the implementation of state and federal budget cuts, public-sector
unemployment is accelerating as well. According to the Center
on Budget and Policy Priorities, since August 2008, state and
local governments have cut 577,000 jobs. The Economic Policy
Institute estimates that cuts in the new deficit deal will lead
to an additional 1.8 million job losses.
Of the new jobs that have been added in 2010, 60% of them
are in low-wage fields. Since December 2007, the official
unemployment rate has masked the fact that 2.8 million of the
news jobs created have been part-time jobs.
Breaking down the data, over the last 12 months, the National
Employment Law Project found that well-paying jobs are rapidly
decreasing, while low-paying jobs are helping to mask an increasingly
dire employment crisis:
While the cost of living from 1990 — 2010 increased by
67%, worker income has declined. According to the most recent
available IRS data, covering the year of 2009, average income
fell 6.1%, a loss of $3,516 per worker, that year alone. Average
income has declined 13.7% from 2007 — 2009, representing
a $8,588 loss per worker.
The decline in worker income is due
to the dramatic increase in CEO pay. CEO pay has
consistently increased year-over-year since the mid-1970s. From
1975 — 2010, worker productivity increased 80%. Over this
time frame, CEO pay and the income of the economic top 0.1%
(one-tenth of one percent) of the population quadrupled. The
income of the top 0.01% (one-hundredth of one percent) quintupled.
To understand the affect CEO pay increases have had on workers'
declining share of income on an annual basis, after analyzing
2008 tax data, leading tax reporter David Cay Johnston summed
up the situation with these revealing statistics:
"Had income growth from 1950 to 1980 continued at the same
rate for the next 28 years, the average income of the bottom
90 percent in 2008 would have been 68 percent higher.... That
would have meant an average income for the vast majority of
$52,051, or $21,110 more than actual 2008 incomes. How different
America would be today if the typical family had $406 more
As shocking as that is, over the last two years, workers have
lost an even higher share of income to CEOs. In the last year
alone, CEO pay skyrocketed by 28%. Looking at 2009, according
to a recent Dollars & Sense report, workers lost nearly
$2 trillion in wages that year alone:
"In 2009, stock owners, bankers, brokers, hedge-fund wizards,
highly paid corporate executives, corporations, and mid-ranking
managers pocketed—as either income, benefits, or perks such
as corporate jets—an estimated $1.91 trillion that 40 years
ago would have collectively gone to non-supervisory and production
workers in the form of higher wages and benefits."
As bad as these numbers are, consider that the attack on American
workers has increased significantly since 2009. From 2009 to
the fourth-quarter of 2010, 88% of income growth went to
corporate profits (i.e. CEOs), while just 1% went to workers.
As the NY Times reported in an article entitled, "Our
Banana Republic," from 1980 — 2005, "more than four-fifths
of the total increase in American incomes went to the richest
1 percent." Again, as bad as that was, since 2005 it has gotten
even worse, as Zero Hedge recently reported, labor's current
"share of national income has fallen to its lowest level in
modern history." This chart shows how workers' percentage of
income has been rapidly declining:
The bottom line, as statistics clearly demonstrate, these trends
are getting worse and the attacks against us, as severe as they
have been over the past four years, are dramatically escalating.
Modern Day Slavery
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is a group
of corporate executives who literally write government legislation.
They have gone as far as setting up a system that imprisons
the poor and then puts them to work, instead of paying living
wages to non-imprisoned workers. Make
no mistake, this is a modern day system of slavery unfolding
before our eyes.
At the leadership of ALEC and various other Economic Elite
organizations, poverty has essentially become a crime. To demonstrate
these attacks against the poor, there was $17 billion cut from
public housing programs, while there was an increase of $19
billion in programs for building prisons, "effectively
making the construction of prisons the nation's main housing
program for the poor." Before laws began to be rewritten
in 1980, with direct input from ALEC, we had a prison population
of 500,000 citizens. After laws were rewritten to target poor
inner city citizens with much more severe penalties, the US
prison population skyrocketed to 2.4 million people.
We now have the largest prison population in the world.
With only 4% of the world's population, we have 25% of the world's
prison population. As I reported previously, in a report
entitled, "American Gulag: World's Largest Prison Complex":
"The US, by far, has more of its citizens in prison than
any other nation on earth. China, with a billion citizens,
doesn't imprison as many people as the US, with only 308 million
American citizens. The US per capita statistics are 700
per 100,000 citizens. In comparison, China has 110 per 100,000.
In the Middle East, the repressive regime in Saudi Arabia
imprisons 45 per 100,000. US per
capita levels are equivalent to the darkest days of the Soviet
The Death Toll
The dramatic increase in poverty has obviously torn many families
apart and caused a devastating psychological toll, but consider
the increase in deaths as a result of poverty and severe wealth
inequalities. This is a very difficult statistic to accurately
measure, but Columbia University's School of Public Health conducted
an intensive examination of mortality and medical data and estimated
that "875,000 deaths in the US in 2000 could be attributed
to a cluster of social factors bound up with poverty and income
As a report by Debra Watson sums up the study, "There is no
reason to believe, after a decade that has seen sustained attacks
on social programs and consistently high unemployment rates,
that the social mortality rate has declined. On the contrary,
it has likely risen." Indeed, poverty and income inequality
have skyrocketed since 2000.
Now, let's consider the fact that, according to the Census
Bureau, 31.1 million people lived in poverty in 2000, and according
to Columbia's study 875,000 deaths came as a result. This means
that 1 out of every 35.5 people living in poverty die annually
as a result of their impoverishment. If you extrapolate this
data to the 2009 total of 52.8 million people living in poverty,
you get an estimate of 1,486,338 deaths within that year. Even
if you use the lower poverty totals from the Census Bureau,
43.6 million people, you get an estimate of 1,228,169 deaths
Deliberate Systemic Attacks
The dramatic increase in economic
inequality and poverty, along with the unprecedented rise in
wealth within the top one-tenth of one percent of the population
has not happened by mistake. It is the designed
result of deliberate governmental and economic policy. It is
the result of the richest people in the world, and the "too
big to fail" banks, using the campaign finance and lobbying
system to buy off politicians who implement policies designed
to exploit 99.9% of the population for their financial gain.
To call what is happening a "financial terrorist attack"
on the United States, is not using hyperbole, it is the technical
term for what is currently occurring.
Compare the million people who die annually as a result
of these economic attacks, to the 2,977 that died on 9/11. As
someone who lived three blocks from the World Trade Center,
as tragic as 9/11 was, these economic attacks are much more
severe and damaging to us as a nation, albeit a much slower
and unseen death toll. Nonetheless, the result is of genocidal
proportions. One can statistically compare the economic attacks
on the US to the invasion of Iraq, which some estimate as leading
to one million deaths. Once again, many of those deaths came
in brutal and spectacular fashion in bombing campaigns known
as "shock and awe." However, the death toll compares to the
hidden brutality of a four-year campaign of economic "shock
and awe." Just as Iraq was invaded, the US has been invaded
by a global banking cartel.
As shocking as that is to realize, consider that this is
happening throughout the world. While the US poverty death rate
is probably higher than in most European countries, the Federal
Reserve's economic policies — along with policies from the International
Monetary Fund, World Bank and Bank of International Settlements
— have caused rioting and uprisings over
skyrocketing food prices and costs of living throughout the
world. The fact of the matter, and very harsh and
unfortunate reality of this crisis, is that the global economic
central planners are deliberately carrying out genocidal economic
As Che Guevara, a man who took on the global financial elite,
"The amount of poverty and suffering required for the emergence
of a Rockefeller, and the amount of depravity that the accumulation
of a fortune of such magnitude entails, are left out of the
picture, and it is not always possible to make the people
in general see this."
When tens of trillions of dollars deliberately flow to the
top economic one-tenth of one percent of the global population,
while large percentages live in poverty, you have to conclude,
in technical terms, that a Neo-Feudal-Fascist state is upon
us. The rich have never been richer,
while their paid off politicians make budget cuts for the poor
and middle class, and cause the cost of basic necessities to
You can call me extreme, but the reality of this is extreme,
these people, the global economic top one-tenth of one percent,
are genocidal fascists carrying out a holocaust. Fascism
has evolved. There is no need to get blood on your hands while
rounding up people and putting them into concentration camps
when you can do it through economic policy while sitting in
a jacuzzi on a corporate jet, or in a three-piece custom-made
Armani, completely detached and insulated from the world in
which you plunder.
David DeGraw is the founder and
editor of AmpedStatus.com. This report contains adapted
excerpts from his long-awaited book, The Road Through 2012:
Revolution or World War III. It will finally be released
on September 28th. He can be emailed at David[@]AmpedStatus.com.
You can follow David's reporting daily on his new personal
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