Obama legacy: Middle class down, poverty rates up

Poverty up 6,667,000; Record 46,496,000 now impoverished — Middle-class fared worse than any year since 1989

The U.S. Census Bureau has released the dismal account of how Barack Obama’s leadership is failing American families. The information is contained in this 88-page report, titled Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2012

During Obama’s first term the real median income of American households dropped by $2,627 and the number of people in poverty increased by approximately 6,667,000.  Arizona, with 19 percent living in poverty, has one of the highest rates in the nation.

In 2008, real median household income in the United States was $53,644. Shockingly, that figure has declined in every year of Obama’s first term. In 2009, the year he was inaugurated, it dropped to 53,285. In 2010, his second year in office, it dropped further to $51,892. In 2011, his third year in office, it fell to $51,100. And, in 2012, his fourth year in office, it tumbled even further to $51,017 — indicating a drop of $2,627—or 4.89 percent—from 2008 to 2012.

The number of people living in poverty in the U.S. has increased during those same years. In 2008, according to the Census Bureau data, there were approximately 39,829,000 people living in poverty. In 2012, that number jumped to 46,496,000 — a sharp increase of approximately 6,667,000, or 16.73 percent — from 2008 to 2012.

In 2008, people in poverty represented 13.2 percent of America’s population. In 2012, the impoverished had risen to 15.0 percent.

An even bleaker picture is painted in the Congressional Budget Office report, which sends an urgent message to Americans, as it says the nation’s debt is on an “unsustainable path.”  Implementation of Obamacare will exacerbate the crisis. CBO warns federal debt held by the public will hit 100% of GDP by 2038.

This Fox News report details the results of a new poll showing an overwhelming majority of Americans are concerned about their healthcare plan under Obamacare. A majority — 68% — want to go back to the 2009 healthcare system. Concerns are not only shared by Republicans and Independents, but by a 56-percent majority of Democrats.  Watch this report.

Still, Obama’s media accomplices remain mum. And the far-left Arizona Republic?  It relegated this significant report to Page 8, although giving prominence to expected increases in lottery jackpots.  Still buying this supposed disseminator of news?

9 Responses to Obama legacy: Middle class down, poverty rates up

  1. Fed Up says:

    Good informative post. Matters will only worsen if the McFlake Gangster amnesty scam allows 25- 40 million (factoring chain migration) newly legalized workers to compete with our own American citizens for ever scarcer jobs. University placement will also accommodate illegals over our own American kids. ASU Pres. Michael Crow has long advocated on behalf of lower tuition rates for illegals, now wearing the BS “dreamers” cloak. We are being screwed at every turn.

  2. eubykdisop says:

    Another great article, SRAZ! It puts the focus on the total failure of Liberal Democrats AND it draws attention to what the Liberal mainstream media don’t want us to look at.

    What is important to understand is that this is NOT accidental. It is planned. This is the means by which the Liberal left seeks to bring down Capitalism and our form of government. It is an engineered failure with a purpose; to bring about the Socialist welfare state where Americans are totally dependent on the federal government to survive. The idea is that you don’t bite the hand that feeds you!

    Permit me to throw in this little tidbit, reinforcing the facts contained in the article:

    “101M Get Food Aid from Federal Gov’t; Outnumber Full-Time Private Sector Workers”

    “By Elizabeth Harrington, July 8, 2013”

    “The number of Americans receiving subsidized food assistance from the federal government has risen to 101 million, representing roughly a third of the U.S. population.”

    “The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that a total of 101,000,000 people currently participate in at least one of the 15 food programs offered by the agency, at a cost of $114 billion in fiscal year 2012.”

    “That means the number of Americans receiving food assistance has surpassed the number of full-time private sector workers in the U.S.”


    • eubykdisop says:

      BTW, the welfare state being created by Obama lends itself to fraud and abuse. Here, Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne speaks to massive food stamp fraud busts right here in Arizona!

  3. Ajo Joe says:

    Tom Horne is doing a terrific job as AG and was without a doubt the best Superintendent of Public Instruction this state has had in my memory, and I’m a long in the tooth native!

    As to the poverty rate under Obama, I notice a deafening silence from the usually loquacious Democrats. They sure have a lot to point to with pride during the 2014 election cycle!!

  4. eubykdisop says:


    “Navy Yard: Swat team ‘stood down’ at mass shooting scene”

    “By Debbie Siegelbaum
    BBC News, Washington
    18 September 2013”

    “One of the first teams of heavily armed police to respond to Monday’s shooting in Washington DC was ordered to stand down by superiors, the BBC can reveal.”

    “Multiple sources in the Capitol Police department have told the BBC that its highly trained and heavily armed four-man Containment and Emergency Response Team (Cert) was near the Navy Yard when the initial report of an active shooter came in about 8:20 local time.”

    “According to a Capitol Police source, an officer with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), Washington DC’s main municipal force, told the Capitol Cert officers they were the only police on the site equipped with long guns and requested their help stopping the gunman.”

    “A Capitol Police officer who heard the Cert request over the radio to engage the gunman reported colleagues within the department felt frustrated they were told to stand down.”

    “The officer described a culture in which emergency responders are instructed to not extend themselves beyond the Capitol grounds for fear of discipline.”


    And from Breitbart we have this:

    “Bloomberg’s Magical Mystery Gun Control Bus Tour Hits DC on Sept 19”

    “by AWR Hawkins, 18 Sep 2013”

    “NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) will be on the grounds of the U.S. Capital on September 19 to hold a rally for expanded background checks. The rally is part of the “No More Names: National Drive To Reduce Gun Violence” bus tour which the group began earlier this year.”

    Bloomberg loses big in Colorado with the recall and ouster of two legislators who voted to pass draconian gun control laws. Six days later, we have the attack on the Navy Yard which is COMPLETELY under the control of the Obama administration. The CERT team is ordered to stand down. The same day, Dianne Feinstein calls for renewed debate on gun control in the Senate and tomorrow the Bloomberg bus tour hits D. C..

    Bloomberg and the gun control Liberals NEEDED those people to die at the Navy Yard. Had the CERT team taken out Alexis too soon, there wouldn’t be any grist for the gun control mill!

    • Cave Creek Cal says:

      Another shameful Benghazi tactic. It worked so well saving the brave men at our Libyan embassy. Let the dead stack up like cordwood, but don’t draw your guns to stop the madness. Democrats don’t like violence.

      • eubykdisop says:

        “Democrats don’t like violence.” LOL! Yeah, that’s the myth they like to spread around! ;-)

        The Obama administration orchestrated “Fast and Furious” for the express purpose of promoting gun control. Here is what Darrell Issa had to say about “Fast and Furious”:

        “I would be remiss if I didn’t mention, as the Attorney General in Mexico is so concerned, she’s made the point that at least 200 Mexicans have been killed with these weapons and probably countless more.” – Darrell Issa

        For Liberals, it’s perfectly acceptable that innocent people die so they can disarm American citizens. They did it with “Fast and Furious” so why wouldn’t they do it again now?

        “That perennial question, “Does the end justify the means?” is meaningless as it stands; the real and only question regarding the ethics of means and ends is, and always has been, “Does this particular end justify this particular means?…The end is what you want, and the means is how you get it…The man of action views the issue of means and ends in pragmatic and strategic terms. He has no other problem; he thinks of his actual resources and the possibilities of various choices of action. He asks of ends only whether they are achievable and worth the cost; of means, only whether they will work.” – Saul Alinsky, “Rules for Radicals”, p. 24.

        Following Alinsky’s thinking, Liberals obviously believe that disarming American citizens is “worth the cost” of innocent lives. They have thus far gotten away with it with “Fast and Furious” so why wouldn’t they believe that they can get away with it now? A judge has yet to rule on Holder’s contempt of Congress and the feds are seeking to have the Brian Terry lawsuit dismissed.

  5. Saguaro Sam says:

    What’s all this talk about the middle class and poverty rate, SRAZ ????

    Take a look at what the taxpayers have gifted to Janet Napolitano in California:


    (Well, I guess she DOES need lots of closets. . . .)