Thursday, September 16, 2010

Census News: Ranks of Working Poor Highest Since 1965

We're talking last year's figures, when Obama got busy transforming the U.S. into a socialist haven dotted with golf courses for the elite. That was also the year, according to the U.S. Census, that 10% unemployment helped swell the ranks of the working poor to the highest level since at least 1965, when Lyndon B. Johnson was president.

In 2009, one in seven people in the U.S. were living in poverty--43.6 million people.

Poverty was up more than 1% since the previous year, 2008, when 13.2% of people in the U.S., or 39.8 million, lived in poverty.

What's keeping the wolf from the door for many families? Federal expansions of unemployment insurance (up to 99 weeks of payments after a layoff) and an increase in the number of working mothers.

It is past time for this country to get out of the way of the job producers, at least 85% of which are small businesses.

That's one message we need to carry with us into November.

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