Child Poverty Soars 41 Percent as the Ultra-Rich Pocket Trillions
When Democratic leaders claimed they cut child poverty in half, it was pure spin — and leftists said so.
Throughout 2021, Democratic leaders engaged in a concerted propaganda effort to claim they had cut child poverty in half. I and other leftists called them out for it:
Sure enough, child poverty is soaring:
Nearly 4 million American children fell into poverty in the month of January, due to the expiration of the expanded child tax credit at the end of last year. According to new data released Thursday by Columbia University, there was a 41 percent increase in child poverty between December and January, as millions of families stopped receiving the extra $300 per month. The Columbia release noted that “Latino and Black children experienced the largest percentage-point increases in poverty.”
Despite the uproar over Manchin’s intransigence in the face of the Build Back Better Act, the Democratic Party has steadfastly refused to exert meaningful pressure on him. They haven’t threatened his chairmanship; they haven’t backed a primary challenger; and they haven’t warned that they would look into his brazen self-enrichment. The only reasonable conclusion is that they want things this way.
The problem isn’t one senator or one party. It’s the entire system, run by both ruling parties. No matter how often Republicans and Democrats trade power, billionaires keep pocketing more wealth, while millions of children remain impoverished.
No human being should have to live in poverty. Nor should billionaires exist.