When we traveled to Asian and Mexico we got an instant education about what the words, 'Third world country' mean. To us, who were not then travel harden, these people were shockingly poor...but lately I've seen in our part of the U.S.A. the raise of the 'new poor'.
Families one step away from living in their cars because one or both parents can't find a job.
Mounting medical bills wiping out someones meager savings.
Elderly that make the daily choice of eating or buying necessary medication.
Too many sad stories to recount...but it's happening here too.