Poverty in America: Bigger than ever and rapidly spreading. The flood of poor people in this Land of Plenty is being swollen by turbulent economic waters sweeping millions of Americans downstream from the middle class. This is our nation’s true economic crisis. Unlike the manufactured “fiscal cliff” hysteria that continues to consume Washington politicos and pundits, the present pace of poverty really is dragging down our economy and our nation’s potential for greatness. Equally important, it’s dangerously stripping away the people’s egalitarian belief that we’re all in this together, that everyone is given a fair shot at a good life.