A Nation’s Shame: Trillions in New Wealth, Millions of Children in Poverty

Published on Monday, April 13, 2015 by Common Dreams

America’s wealth grew by 60 percent in the past six years, by over $30 trillion. In approximately the same time, the number of homeless children has also grown by 60 percent.

Financier and CEO Peter Schiff said, “People don’t go hungry in a capitalist economy.” The 16 million kids on food stamps know what it’s like to go hungry. Perhaps, some in Congress would say, those children should be working. “There is no such thing as a free lunch,” insisted Georgia Representative Jack Kingston, even for schoolkids, who should be required to “sweep the floor of the cafeteria” (as they actually do at a charter school in Texas).

The callousness of U.S. political and business leaders is disturbing, shocking

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/04/13/nations-shame-trillions-new-wealth-millions-children-povertypoverty_child

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