Over at Blue Hampshire there is an article titled "A Look in the Mirror: We're Failing". In it they point to a NY Times article discussing how this country over all has gotten worse over the past few years.
Blue Hampshire writes:
We are getting poorer. The American Dream is - we hope - comatose, with family incomes falling for the first time since the Great Depression.
Mirrors and censuses "close the loop" of feedback for our political system. They bring us back to cold hard facts.
We're getting poorer. We've failed our children, who are moving back in with their parents - they would fall below the poverty line too, if they didn't.
These statements are based off the following facts as quoted in the NY Times:
Another 2.6 million people slipped into poverty in the United States last year
the number of Americans living below the official poverty line, 46.2 million people, was the highest number in the 52 years the bureau has been publishing figures on it.
And in new signs of distress among the middle class, median household incomes fell last year to levels last seen in 1996.
It was the first time since the Great Depression that median household income, adjusted for inflation, had not risen over such a long period, said Lawrence Katz, an economics professor at Harvard.
It is also fresh evidence that the disappointing economic recovery has done nothing for the country’s poorest citizens.
The report said the percentage of Americans living below the poverty line last year, 15.1 percent, was the highest level since 1993.
Overall, median household income adjusted for inflation declined by 2.3 percent in 2010 from the previous year, to $49,445.
Minorities were hit hardest. Blacks experienced the highest poverty rate, at 27 percent, up from 25 percent in 2009, and Hispanics rose to 26 percent from 25 percent. For whites, 9.9 percent lived in poverty, up from 9.4 percent in 2009.
The article also supplies two charts, the first showing the median household income by year, the 2nd showing the percent of people living below poverty level. Both charts show dates of recessions as well.
Important dates to consider when looking at either of the above charts are
2000 - the dot com bubble popped leaving a number of tech workers out of jobs.
2001 - we were hit on 9-11 with the worst terror attack in this countries history
Given those two facts alone one can understand the downturn starting around 2000 but with Bush and full Republican control that crisis was short lived and you can see both charts starting back in the right directions around 2004-2005.
2006 - Democrats won big in the elections taking control of both Congress and Senate
2008 - Obama wins the White House
Starting around 2006-2007 you can see things grew worse and have nose dived ever since with no sign of stopping.
Its hard for anyone to look at that evidence and blame anyone but the Democratic party.
That said however, it no longer matters who started it because we're now in it. Our country is failing and Washington is short on answers. The real question now is what should be done to fix it.
Obama last week got up in front of the country repeating the same tired rhetoric he's been saying from day one which clearly isn't working. Our friends at Blue Hampshire state in their feedback "We know what to do to turn this around, we have the resources to turn this around, yet we refuse to choose to turn this around" but don't offer any details to those of who who don't know what they are claiming we refuse to do. Is it raising taxes on those with money? Is it doubling or tripling the size of government?
A Republican version of the jobs bill submitted this week offered a very simple but eloquent solution, eliminate corporate taxes on corporations actually manufacturing their products in this country. Hard to argue that companies paying thousands, if not millions, wouldn't look to lessen costs by simply opening their factories over here. It would save them shipping costs and with the tax cut it would save them in taxes. The benefit to our country in turn would be two fold, one unemployment would go down since more people would be working... two with more people working more people would be able to pay income tax making up the lost revenue our federal government gave up to draw the jobs back in the first place.
Democrats solutions so far? Tax and spend.
Maybe Obama was right in 2008, it is time for change! Only this time let's try a change that works.