Recent trends in poverty rates should have the country furious at its leaders, yet there is nothing on the political agenda at the moment likely to bring the economy back towards full employment any time soon.
Individuals from disadvantaged neighborhoods and racial/ethnic minorities are at increased risk for sleep disorders due to a variety of environmental exposures, occupational and psychosocial conditions, and possibly genetic factors.
Is this a model that the rest of the world might admire and aspire to? Hardly. Are we a hopeless case? Certainly not. But we should dampen our national pride and curb our arrogance until we get our house in order.
The culture of poverty, i.e., the environment, institutions, individual behaviors, policies and practices of poverty in the U.S., have affected those who experience poverty as well as those who are observers to its conditions.
It will only happen if we all get involved. If we use our intelligence, our money and our influence to make a difference. It will only happen If we are willing to make some sacrifices in the name of compassion.
Last year more Americans relied on food stamps to eat than at any time since the program began in 1939 -- 46 million. Yet once again some voices are starting to wonder whether we really need robust anti-hunger programs in America.
This year, as the 1% comes together to network and pray, an alternative, "People's Prayer Breakfast" will commence across town. The gathering will issue a challenge to all the participants at the National Prayer Breakfast.