Posts Tagged ‘US Poverty

21
Jun
16

Is Obama the Worst US President in History?

 

In his final year of US Presidency, let’s take a look at Barrack Obama’s legacy. What will he be remembered for? What direction has he steered America? Here are some points on results that Obama’s administration has results:

  • Raised the US Federal Debt from $6.3 trillion to $19.3 trillion
  • Unprecedented 65 million people globally displaced
  • Record global citizens killed from terrorism
  • A Record 94,610,000 Americans Not in Labor Force
  • Record gap between the rich and poor
  • The top 1% control over 50% of the nation’s wealth
  • CEO pay to average workers has soared to record high
  • 22% of children live in poverty in the United States
  • Record mass shootings in the US under his watch
  • Suicide is the fifth leading cause of death of children ages 5-14
  • More people die from drugs than from car accidents
  • More than one in four blacks live in poverty
  • The jobless rate for blacks is twice that of whites
  • The median income for black households is less than 60% that of white ones
  • Racial tensions in the US have been stoked under his watch
  • The middle class in the US is disappearing
  • More than ½ a million people are homeless in the US
  • More than 25 percent of U.S. students fail to graduate high school in four years
  • record losses in manufacturing jobs and record trade deficits

These few stats alone are up-hauling from a President who has claimed to have savedthe country from the Great Recession. Obama’s passing the buck mentality and deflecting responsibility exemplify signs of poor leadership. Only time will tell but Obama will most likely go down in history as one of the worst US Presidents.

 

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27
Feb
15

Is Obama the Ghetto President?

With US stock markets soaring to all time highs of late and prosperity amongst the wealthy also to record levels Barack Obama in his 7th year as US President has created some disturbing issues or concerns that are not reported in mainstream media. Record number of individuals are reliant on food stamps, 1 in 5 people are in collections, the gap between the rich and the poor has far exceeded that in the Roaring 1920’s and is at record levels, 40% of the country has no savings for emergencies, more than half of all students in the public school system come from poverty, child poverty is unprecedented, the average debt per household is over $200,000, there are an unprecedented number of boarded up properties, there are record number of commercial as well as residential real estate sitting vacant or classified as zombie foreclosures, poverty rates and indifferences amongst black and other minorities within America are staggering, post secondary school education has soared and become only affordable to the rich, student loan debt is staggering and consumers are in personal debts at record levels to name a few concerns. It seems that Obama’s legacy as President will have only benefited very few connected to Wall Street as well as the top echelons of wealthy in society and will be remembered as one of creating the greatest disparity in American history. Coming from a Senate position in Illinois where economic disparity and poverty is unsustainable (especially in areas of Chicago) it seems though Obama has left a trail of not addressing such issues almost turning his back to them. When images of riots happening in some of the poorer neighbourhoods (such as what happened in Missouri) it is becoming apparent that the Obama administration has created more economic ghettos in America? Will he be remembered as the Ghetto President?

05
Jul
11

Is the American Dream Dead?

When you look around at the current state of America today, you often ask yourself whatever happened to the American dream? Remember those movies that showed in America, everyone had the opportunity to climb the ladder of success, enjoy a comfortable life, live in a respectable neighbourhood and enjoy a comfy retirement. It’s hard to avoid when driving around in small town and suburban America the closed or boarded up restauraunts, stores, shopping malls and houses sitting vacant with big for lease or sale signs on them. Here are some interesting points:

  • Since 2008, more than 1.2 million Californians have lost their homes
  • Unemployment rate hit a near 30 year high at 10.6% in January of 2010
  • 1 in 7 people in the United States lives on food stamps
  • 44 million Americans live in poverty
  • the gap between the rich and poor in the United States has now exceeded that which occurred during the Gtreat Depression of the 1930’s

The middle class have now become over-burdened and often find themselves supporting the more priviledged wealthier class through the tax system and corporate hierarchies. It seems like not too long ago there was an American President who rose from poverty and being the child of a single mother named Bill Clinton. Can this ever be attainable again? It seems like a big shift  within the American ideals has occurred thus leaving many behind. The American Dream has died for many.