In Washington last year, the salaries of the families were only cut down a little. Even with this the amount of people in poverty has never been this high in 52 years.
The average family salaried was US$49 777 in 2009, this is 0.7% less than in 2008.
Sheldon Danziger says that they have changed a lot of things such as:
- Giving a benefit to people unemployed
- A US$250 bonus for the Social Security Recipient.
This has retained 3.3 million people out of poverty in 2009.
For families which are controlled by people who are 65 and older, they have been given a 5.8% rise in their salaries; this though caused a problem for families which are controlled by people who are 45 and younger, because their salaries drop. For other who is between 45 and 64 nothing changed.
The amount of people with no medical insurance rose from 4.4 million to 50.7 million in 2009.
Robert Rector who is a senior at the conservative heritage foundation mentioned that the government had paid around US$ 20 000 per poor person in 2010. The government was hoping that by giving the poor money, they would be less unemployment and for people working but that never happened.
In 2009, the salaries for the woman who worked full time were 70% of what the men got. The true average is that for the men who worked full time, gained 2% in their salaries from 2008 to 2009 (from US$ 46 191 to US$ 47 127) while women who worked full time gained 1.9% (which means from US$ 35 609 to US$36 278)