According to a recent estimate, 41 million out of 325 million Americans live in poverty. That’s about 11-percent of the population & almost certainly a lowball estimate. The federal & state governments fudge & fiddle with numbers to determine eligibility for benefits for children, elderly, disabled, & the poor. In one instance several years ago, the government raised the IQ level for disability benefits & excluded thousands with learning disabilities who have limited access to employment. More often, they raise the income level to establish eligibility & exclude thousands.

Now Congress is withholding funding for poor children’s health insurance to make sure the tax bill for corporations & millionaires gets passed. They really have no idea how many children & elderly are going without food, how many are living on the streets, how many suffer & die from serious illnesses & infections because they could not afford health care. The worst part is they don’t give a damn.