My friend Diana Spatz, Executive Director of Lifetime, and coordinator with Women for Economic Justice, (WEJ) comments:
A few days ago, The Economist magazine noted that one in seven Americans now depends, to some degree, on government food stamps to eat.
The conservative Heritage Foundation offered a strikingly different picture of the nation's poor in anew report released on Monday, which claims the Census Bureau "exaggerates current poverty" because, largely, the poor today enjoy higher living standards than Americans of the distant past.
"Poor families certainly struggle to make ends meet," Heritage says, "but in most cases, they are struggling to pay for air conditioning and the cable TV bill as well as to put food on the table."
Wow, these conservatives are killing me. A report released today found that the number of homeless children has doubled in Sacramento County, California, since 2005. "Nationally, public schools saw a 38 percent increase in students who were homeless during the period documented in the Sacramento report, said Barbara Duffield of the National Association of Education of Homeless Children and Youth."