Poopo, this graff stops at 2009 when the poverty rate was 14.3% and the actual number of people in poverty was 43.6 MILLION. And in 2011 the rate is up to 15.1% and 46.2 MILLION Americans now live below the poverty level.
And you seem to think things are getting better. By which standard?
I certainly do! You think we are better off since Obama became president when there is a higher PERCENTAGE of people now living under poverty!!! Yep, by almost any standard we were far off better under Bush than under Obama.<quoted text>
Poverty: It’s true that “more Americans wake up in poverty than ever before,” as Romney said. But it’s also true that there are more Americans, period.
The poverty rate — that is, the percentage of all Americans in poverty — is nowhere near a record, even for the relatively brief historical period since 1959, when the government first started measuring poverty.
The raw number of individuals in poverty in 2010 was 46.2 million, according to the most recent Census figures. And the poverty rate went up that year to 15.1 percent — the highest since 1993. But as Census noted, that “was 7.3 percentage points lower than the poverty rate in 1959, the first year for which poverty estimates are available.” Furthermore, Census noted that the number in poverty had increased for four consecutive years, so the rise started well before Obama took office.
Gotta point Rogue?
And just like FDR who turned a run-of-the-mill Depression into the Great Depression, Obama turned a run-of-the-mill recession into the Great Recession. Instead of concentrating on the economy Obama concentrated of his loony-lefty progressive agenda.