I was reading how Congress voted to “save” 40 billion by hacking programs for the poor and hacking into student loans programs, when I saw a reference to a UN press release titled, "INDEPENDENT EXPERT ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND EXTREME POVERTY CONCLUDES VISIT TO UNITED STATES"
The investigator found that America, the wealthiest country on earth, with higher per capita income levels than any other country, also had one of the highest incidences of poverty among the rich industrialized nations. The official statistics show that 12.7 per cent (or 37 million) of the population lived in poverty in 2004, while 15.7 per cent (45.8 million) were without health insurance coverage and 11.9 per cent of households (38.2 million people, including 13.9 million children) experienced food insecurity. The statistics also showed a significant disparity in poverty between African Americans (24.7 per cent), Hispanics (21.9 per cent) and non-Hispanic Whites (8.6 per cent). Moreover, despite the overall economic recovery in the United States, the incidence of poverty, including food insecurity and homelessness had been on the rise over the past years.
I don't know why the U.S. democrats haven't jumped all over this indictment of the Bush administration. Perhaps it speaks to the ongoing leadership confusion within the DNC, or perhaps they're just too consumed with the Iraq war to pay attention to domestic issues. That's a mistake Bush made, and the Dems should not hasten to repeat it.