Mum Brandy Spencer was six when the then-President Ronald Reagan said the US was in “danger of creating a permanent culture of poverty”.
Now, 30 years on, the fears have been realised. Brandy and her four kids are among the 43 million people living below the breadline in the world’s richest nation.
But listening to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton as they slug it out to follow in Reagan’s footsteps as President, no one would realise the unforgivable amount of poverty in their country.
She says: “We hear about social mobility and being able to move to where the jobs are. Politicians do not live in the real world.
“None of us can afford the bus fare to go and vote let alone pay to relocate across the country.”