1.) Childhood Poverty Claim

1.) Childhood Poverty Claim
By Max Goldberg from USA (Bernie pre Caucus) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Bernie: “We should not have the highest rate of childhood poverty of almost any major country on earth”

His claim is that America has the highest rate of childhood poverty out of the major economic powers on earth, this is true but it isn’t what it seems. According to a report by UNICEF(United Nations International Children Emergency Fund), America had one of the highest rates of relative income poverty when compared to 40 countries. The issue with this is that this measures relative poverty, this doesn't mean that American children are living in absolute poverty as the relative poverty rate just shows how some are doing compared to others in the country, because many are doing extremely well in the country the United Nations considers others to be impoverished in comparison. Relative poverty is a very bad marker for success and suffering it is a marker that reveals income differences in countries across the globe.

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 Source: TTN staff

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