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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

How do you sleep?

Poverty Rate Rises to 12.7 Percent - Yahoo! News

37 million people in the US -one third of them children! - now live below what is defined as the poverty level in the US (which is pretty darned low to begin with). That's close to 13% of the country's population. I have always found it mind-blowing (and very sad) that citizens in the richest country in the world readily accept that so many people live in poverty. The cost of having 87% of us live so well is millions of American kids going to bed hungry night after night. Do you ever think about that when you go to bed at night? Does that really have to be the price we (or rather they) pay? What if we started judging the wealth of countries by the situation of it's poorest citizens? Which nations would we then consider rich nations? And would there be a clearer relationship between wealth and decency? Would we be more likely to actually change things? Would you sleep better? Or do you just not care?