Those were some eye-opening statistics:
- The US ranks 31st of 34 developed countries in percent of population that qualifies as poor. (US: (17.3%), UK (at 11%), Germany (8.9%), France (7.2%), OECD average is 11%.)
- Childhood poverty in US is 20.6%.
- Only 77% of US children graduate from high school. Switzerland (90%), UK (91%), Finland (93%), Germany (97%).
"I'm not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs repair, I'll fix it. I'm not concerned about the very rich; they're doing just fine. I'm concerned about the very heart of America, the 90-95% of Americans who right now are struggling."To which Zakaria replied:
"By Romney's calculations, if 95% of Americans fall in the middle class, then there must be less than 5% of Americans who qualify as poor.I can't tell from this if Romney knows that 20% of US children are very poor, and will end up costing our country in the long run. I don't know if it's true, as he says, that we should not be concerned about them.
The number from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the association of the world's developed economies, is actually 17.3%."