Record gains for US poverty with elections looming
By HOPE YEN and LIZ SIDOTI, Associated Press Writers Hope Yen And Liz Sidoti, Associated Press Writers
WASHINGTON – The number of people in the U.S. who are in poverty is on track for a record increase on President Barack Obama's watch, with the ranks of working-age poor approaching 1960s levels that led to the national war on poverty.
Census figures for 2009 — the recession-ravaged first year of the Democrat's presidency — are to be released in the coming week, and demographers expect grim findings.
It's unfortunate timing for Obama and his party just seven weeks before important elections when control of Congress is at stake. The anticipated poverty rate increase — from 13.2 percent to about 15 percent — would be another blow to Democrats struggling to persuade voters to keep them in power.
The question is, will the real story be told? Will the democrats insist that the real story be told?
Will the story go back to Reagan's policy of corporate pandering? Will the nation discuss the process where millions and millions of jobs were wholesaled off shore to where the cheap labor was? Will the discussion proceed to discussion the consequences of unchecked corporate monopolization, hostile takeovers, etc. that removed millions of jobs from middle class workers? Twentyfive years ago people were worried that the middle class was being destroyed by the mega corporations that were beginning to dominate the scene. We said that all this movement off shore and the dissolution of smaller companies into conglomerates was a bad thing for the American worker.
Welcome to the 21st Century. It has all come to pass as a result of republican policies that have dominated the political scene for the past 30 years.
Now, who is going to be blamed for these numbers? And isn't odd that these numbers have crept up on us to all of a sudden be released like a bolt of lightning that no one knew about before?
Yes folks, the republicans will turn this all into a story of how, since the democrats and that president of theirs took over two years ago, the country has gone to hell in a handbasket. That is the story you'll get from Fox News and that is the story that the dumb fuck ignorant proles will believe.
Is it really worth fighting for anymore in this country? Are there better places to be?