Portraits of the America that votes: retirees in the face of unabated inflation

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On D-6 of the midterm elections in the United States, the economic news is not good for Joe Biden and the Democratic candidates: the country is experiencing the worst inflation in more than 40 years, which has become the main concern of American voters. Reporting from Cleveland, Ohio.

From our special correspondent in Cleveland,

Hello Dino, I’m on my way to deliver the food box to you “. Andy Trares is the deputy director of the May Dugan Center. This charitable organization supports approximately 1,000 underprivileged families in Cleveland. It offers social and medical services, but also food distribution and basic necessities. The demand continues to grow.

After the Covid pandemic, it is now inflation that is hitting the poorest households hard. And retirees are among the hardest hit. ” Seniors live on a fixed budget, their retirement. When expenses go up, they don’t have many options to get by “, explains Andy Trares

$51 for two slices of meat!

A few days ago, I paid $51 for two slices of meat at the supermarket! This price hike is madness, laments Dino. For food, gasoline, for everything in fact! Inflation has peaked! Dino Yacovella is a former concreter. Faced with inflation, he tries to tighten his belt. But his meager retirement does not leave him much leeway. ” I restrict myself to gas, electricity, cable television. I have to take care of everything to be able to pay my bills at the end of the month. It’s hard. It’s really difficult ! »

Without the help of the May Dugan Center, Dino Yacovella would not have enough to eat. According to recent studies, a quarter of American retirees could be living below the poverty line by 2045.” The United States contracts organizations to care for the most vulnerablesays Andy Trares of the May Dugan Center. We are responsible for helping everyone, but we don’t always have the funding, especially government support, to do so. “.

If you had told me when I was 20 that I would live like this in my 60s, I would have told you that you were crazy! exclaims Dino. The pensioner will not vote on November 8. ” out of disgust “, he explains, of the extreme polarization between the Democratic and Republican camps. ” I am not a Republican or a Democrat. But we definitely don’t need a comeback from Trump! So that, no!

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