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One-Third of Americans Poor or ‘Near Poor’

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• Worst humanitarian crisis in nation’s history threatens United States

By Keith Johnson
AMERICAN FREE PRESS

You don’t need to thumb through a history book to find snapshots of Americans suffering through a great depression. Today, the poverty stricken are more visible than ever. They’re living in cars, under freeway bypasses and camping out in tent cities that are popping up around the country.

Hard times are upon us, and the empirical evidence is there to prove it. Last year, the Bureau of the Census, more commonly referred to as the United States Census Bureau, introduced a new way of measuring poverty by adding in those with incomes less than 50% above the poverty line. According to an article in The New York Times, “That number of Americans is 76% higher than the official account, published in September [2011]. All told, that places 100M people—one in three Americans—either in poverty or…

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