Record Income Gap Between Rich and Poor Americans According to Census

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Income gap in U.S. represents greatest disparity among industrialized nations.

The income gap between rich and poor Americans grew to the widest amount on record and represents the greatest disparity among Western industrialized nations, according to U.S. Census data.

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British Government to Scrap National Census After 200 Years

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Royal Mail worker sorts census envelopes.

The Census, the official population count carried out by the British Government, is to be scrapped after more than 200 years.  Francis Maude, the Cabinet Office minister, said the Census, which takes place every 10 years, was an expensive and inaccurate way of measuring the number of people in Britain.

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Immigration – The New Generational Conflict

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Arizona lawmakers passed the toughest state anti-immigration act in the country.

Meaghan Patrick, a junior at New College of Florida, a tiny liberal arts college in Sarasota, says discussing immigration with her older relatives is like “hitting your head against a brick wall.”

Cathleen McCarthy, a senior at the University of Arizona, says immigration is the rare, radioactive topic that sparks arguments with her liberal mother and her grandmother.

 

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Increase in Household Size Could Reduce Demand for Housing and Slow Recovery

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This family is part of a growing trend of Americans living in a multigenerational household.

The number of people living under one roof is growing for the first time in more than a century, a fallout of the recession that could reduce demand for housing and slow the recovery.The Census Bureau had projected the average household size would continue to fall to 2.53 this year. Instead, the average is likely to hit 2.63, a small but significant increase because it is a turnabout.

 

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Overcrowded Housing in Chicago Worsening

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A roommate prepares a meal in their overcrowded apartment that is share by two couples in Chinatown

Like many Chicago-area residents who’ve lost their homes to foreclosure, Alondra Navarette had nowhere to turn when forced to leave her spacious house earlier this year.  The struggling maid could no longer afford her ballooning mortgage payments when house-cleaning jobs dried up. So she moved into the already cramped basement apartment occupied by her daughter and a roommate on Chicago’s Northwest Side.

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The Soccer Mom Is Declining

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Soccer mom in decline

Married, middle-class but working suburban moms whose primary concern is how to enrich their children while they are away at work are declining in numbers, in influence and even as a key swing vote.  New preliminary 2008 census figures show that the percentage of households with their own kids under 18 has hit a record low of 30.7%. This is in sharp contrast to the situation in 1960, when nearly a majority (48.9%) of households had such children.

 

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Census Data Shows Changes Due To Recession

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A smaller share of Americans married, drove to work alone, owned their own home or moved to a new residence last year than the year before.  More lived in overcrowded housing. Property values declined. And fewer immigrants arrived, which meant that for the first time since the beginning of the decade, the total number of foreign-born people in the country did not grow.

 

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Are Local And State Governments In The U.S. Getting Too Big?

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Local and state governments in the U.S. may be restricting individual rights

“Big Government” has been characterized by those on various sides of the political spectrum as an ever-expanding bureaucracy interfering with individual rights and limiting economic freedoms. Some also believe that small government may pose a similar threat. They charge that state and local governments are guilty of intervening too much in private citizen affairs.

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