|America's Poor - BBC Panorama|
(February 2012) After returning from a trip to Las Vegas I was shocked by this insight into poverty in America. It told stories of people living in tent cities and in storm drains, of 1.5million homeless children, of 50million Americans still without health insurance who would wait overnight to see a free doctor. It appears that Obama-care has yet to kick in for many. The Vegas section showed that while $16 million is spent every night in the 'city of sin' some 300-400 people live in the storm drains underneath the city, eaking out a life handing out flyers to the shows and sights of the city during the day. Some 47 million Americans qualify as poor, the most in 1/2 a century, this against a backdrop of the top 1% of the population earning 1/5th of the richest county on the planet's wealth. Particularly sad were the stories of children having to eat rats and use ketchup satchets to make soup in order to eat. Depressing stuff.