Millions of Americans in poverty; Obama hardest hit

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.


Anonymous said...

The AP prides itself on breaking news stories while they are fresh. This time they got scooped: the story on rising American poverty has been featured in The Economist some time ago. Better luck next time, AP!

Dean said...

"...unfortunate timing..." Like there is not a causal relationship between Obama's Keynesian hocus pocus and the rising unemployment and poverty figures. Fools.

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