Citizen Action Monitor

Down and out in America – Shocking documentary puts human face on US poverty

40 million below poverty line; 1.5 million homeless children; forced evictions by armed sheriffs; and more…

No 2552 Posted by fw, November 30, 2019 —

“Homelessness, hunger and shame: poverty is rampant in the richest country in the world. Over 40 million people in the United States live below the poverty line, twice as many as it was fifty years ago. It can happen very quickly. Many people in the United States fall through the social safety net. In the structurally weak mining region of the Appalachians, it has become almost normal for people to go shopping with food stamps. And those who lose their home often have no choice but to live in a car. There are so many homeless people in Los Angeles that relief organizations have started to build small wooden huts to provide them with a roof over their heads. The number of homeless children has also risen dramatically, reaching 1.5 million, three times more than during the Great Depression the 1930s.”A DW* documentary about the fate of the poor in the United States today. [*DW is German for ‘Deutsche Welle’, a German public broadcast service, which, in English, translates to ‘German World’].

Following up on my November 26 repost about US corporate news outlets cherry-picking performance measures to hype a “strong economy,” while downplaying the precarious plight of the working class, today’s repost profiles the lives of poor and homeless adults and children living on the razor edge of a nation that prompted Trump to brag: “There has never been a better time to start living the American dream.” But for millions, the “American dream” has become an “American nightmare” in the heart of a destitute nation.

There’s so much that’s wrong with Trump’s America, it’s hard to find what’s right. As pointed out in a 2017 Salon article, “President Donald Trump’s proposed 2018 budget is a declaration of war on the human beings his administration and the Republican Party consider to be ‘useless eaters.‘ … Last week, Republicans in the House of Representatives voted to cut $39 billion from federal food assistance programs. Their vote is more than just the next act in the ongoing politics of cruelty by the Republican Party…”

Below is my embedded repost of this 42-minute DW documentary. Alternatively, watch it on DW’s You Tube service by clicking on the following linked title. The You Tube option offers closed captioning. Incidentally, this note on the You Tube page caught my attention: “We closed the commentary section because of too many inappropriate comments.


How poor people survive in the USA | DW Documentary, November 27, 2019

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