Hoy salio un reportaje en el periodico de Filadelfia, donde se menciona que 44% de los Latinos viven bajo el nivel de pobreza, practicamente el doble de la tasa nacional. En comparacion, la tasa de pobreza en Estados Unidos es 23.5%. Lo interesante de el articulo, es que a la misma vez mencionan que la mayoria de los Latinos que viven en Filadelfia, el 66 a 90 por ciento de ellos son de Puerto Rico.
Greetings good citizens!
( Last year, Philadelphia officials voted to close down 23 public schools, about 10% of the city's total, and laid off 3,000 thousand people, including teachers, while a new $400 million dollar prison is under construction. )
President Reagan once said, "we fought a war on poverty and poverty won". I was not a Reagan fan, but with more than 46 millions of Americans (15 percent of the population) counted as poor, I think he may have been right.
I think that part of the problem is that we have many families headed by a single parent, lots of them without a high school diploma (high school dropouts), and without the basic skills to make a living. That makes it extremely difficult for them to earn a living wage from the low paying jobs that are usually available.
And contrary to popular belief, college isn't for everyone, and not everyone is cut out to be an entrepreneur. Michelle Obama recently said, "too many kids are trying to be "ballers" (NBA basketball players) and rappers". Maybe people who hate school, myself included, should go to trade school. They will come out much less in debt and they will learn entry-level skills that will put them to work immediately.
In my opinion, to get people out of poverty we need jobs that pay a decent wage. We also need a bigger investment in education, and ways to help people develop basic life skills.
( The first two images I am including were taken in Philadelphia on my way to work October 1st. The first of every month, lots of people line up at the ATM machine early in the morning to withdraw cash from their welfare (EBT) accounts. The last two images were taken this month while riding public transportation during patient home visiting services. Dozens of people line up for free food. A truck handing out free meals at a street corner, and a church/soup kitchen distributing free bags of food. )