This article is not surprising at all. The only real surprise is to those who still believe this is the greatest country in the world and a place where everyone has a chance to make something of themselves. When I spar with conservatives on line I find a lot of them refuse to believe that people fall through the cracks and end up destitute or even dead. They don't want to believe that some people who make honest mistakes or choices that just don't work out. They end up homeless or dying from curable diseases or just lead really miserable lives because this capitalist system failed them.
This is the wealthiest nation in the world. There is no disputing that fact. And yet we have some of the worst poverty in the world. This is the only industrialized country in the world that lets people die from a lack of health care. This country pays less on welfare programs than any other industrialized nation. Workers have little control over their lives and fewer benefits than any other industrialized nation in the world. In the last election in the US, the voters literally handed over most of the political and economical power in this country to the richest 1 percent of the population. That 1 percent are now getting a truckload of wealth and power at the expense of the rest of us. And for many at the bottom:
From The Washington Post:
The U.N. finds growing numbers of Americans are living in the most impoverished circumstances. How did we get here?