Poverty and intolerance

Of all the numbers, analyses and surveys that have come to light, perhaps the most significant one was released recently by the U.S. Census Bureau. On Tuesday, the agency revealed the number of people living in poverty in the world’s richest country: 46.2 million, the highest number recorded in 52 years.The number of poor increased by 2.6 million from 2009 to 2010, the number of uninsured grew by 1 million.

Unemployment is the main cause for this debacle, but there are also other social and economic reasons. The lack of medical insurance is one of them. The number of people with employer-provided insurance declined by 10 million since 2001, while insurance premiums increased and employers stopped offering this benefit.

Recently, we commemorated the tenth anniversary of 9/11. Ever since, we have seen a clear decline in the economic and social situation of the United States. Obviously, unlike the heroism of those who got to work rescuing and healing, the response of our leaders has not been the most enlightened. Wars, deficits, xenophobia and political narrow-mindedness are our reality.

President Obama put it well when speaking to Congress about his jobs plan: Americans can’t wait 14 months for solutions. Congress, which is “enjoying” its lowest approval rates in years), also has a responsibility at this time: Cooperate with the president for solutions now and not after the election.