America Now Poorer than China, Russia and Syria

As Obama prepares for another disastrous four years of trashing the economy while filling the pockets of his friends and supporters, the United States approaches 50 million people living in poverty. Or 16 percent of the population.

That 16 percent puts the United States at just above the poverty rate in Jamaica and below the poverty rate in Russia (13.1) China (13.4), Vietnam (14.5) and Obama’s homeland in Indonesia at 13.3.

Canada outscores us at 9.4 and even Syria blows past us at only 11.9. Clearly the only solution is amnesty, if we want to have the poverty rate of Mexico. (18.2)

 As President Barack Obama is set to begin his second term, new statistics on America’s poverty rate indicate that nearly 50 million Americans, more than 16 percent of the population, are struggling to survive.

New figures released by the Census Bureau this week found a spike in poverty numbers last year, going from 49 million in 2010 to 49.7 million last year. The numbers may come as a surprise to Congress, which estimated in September that the poverty rate would drop to 46.2 million. One of the most startling findings showed that almost 20 percent of American children continue to live in poverty.

It would come as a surprise because these are some of the figures that Obama’s cronies hid until after the election.

  • Reason_For_Life

    Is this article a joke? There is no comparison between a poor person in the US and one in Syria.

    When poverty rates are calculated no government benefits are included. No earned income tax credit, no Medicaid, no unemployment insurance, no welfare payments, no subsidized housing and no Food Stamps.

    Add these together and you will discover that the true poverty rate in the US is zero.

    • Mary Sue

      it said the rate of poverty not the amount. Poverty is always relative but in any country it's the measure of whether someone can afford to survive.

    • Richard Duvall

      0 poverty rate, really? I guess you have never been to Appalachia, or down to the deep south in some of the parishes in Louisiana or the country in Mississippi. You might could make an argument for a lower rate than is being reported, but 0 is just a fantasy. The US Census bureau reports the poverty rate at 15.1%.

    • PaulRevereNow

      If you are referring to the fact that many poverty-stricken US citizens have TV sets, cars, CD players, and some food in the fridge; whereas 19th century Americans had none of these things, then you are correct. However, if you are living in a trailer, with little or no heat in the winter, and a hole in the roof, while your ride is a 1963 Volvo 522; then you're living in poverty. While doing some work for a friend a few years ago, I visited southern Ohio, and the living situation of many fitted this description.

      • 1389AD

        That'd be ME.

        I live in an old motorhome. There's a leak in the roof. The heat isn't adequate when it gets real cold. I have an old car that needs a lot of work. I work part time at just above the minimum wage. Nobody will hire me for anything else because I'm too old and have health problems. What was supposed to be my retirement is getting used up.

        Yeah, I'm poor. If I lived somewhere where there were ANY opportunities, that wouldn't be the case.

        I am Soooooo fed up with people who go on and on about how the US is the best country ever, just because THEY were born here.

  • BLJ

    One thing we do know is that Barrack Hussein Obama sucks as President. That alone is enough to make any real American feel bad.

  • Fabio Juliano

    This is b.s. because by American standards something like 97% of the people in a place like Vietnam are poor.