How serious is a 16 percent poverty rate? Itís better than the poverty rate in Washington D.C. which hit 18.9 percent. That means that politicians in Washington D.C. are diverting money that could have been used to help needy Americans a few miles from their offices, to help the comparatively better off terrorist populations in the West Bank.
Contrary to the barrage of news stories on the suffering of the Palestinians, the poverty rate for America and the West Bank arenít that far apart. The California poverty rate is at 15.3 percent. And the national average at 14.3 percent is hardly that much better.
If a 16 percent poverty rate requires billions in international aidĖ then where is Washington D.C.ís international aid. Why isnít there a UN aid facility distributing food near Foggy Bottom? And if being a failed state with no budget discipline requires international aid, then where are Californiaís aid pledges?
Many of the PAís chief donors have poverty rates in the same range. Some are even worse off. Greeceís poverty rate is at 20 percent. Spainís is nearly as high. And 17 percent of the EU population is considered to be at risk of poverty. Even Germanyís strong economy still has a 15.5 percent poverty rate. A few percentage points away from the West Bank.