More U.S. kids suffer in poverty today than when Obama took office, dispelling myth of economic 'recovery'
by: J. D. Heyes
President Obama loves to tout his "successful" economic record as one of his most crowning achievements, and indeed, supporters of his administration regularly post memes to social media pointing out how the unemployment rate has fallen, the stock market has risen and how the housing market has recovered during his tenure.
But as is always the case when it comes to macro- and micro-economics, the details are much more revealing than hype and political symbolism, and that's where Obama's so-called "record" of economic achievement falls flat, especially when it comes to American children.
In real numbers the president certainly can make the case that the Dow Jones Industrial Average, for instance, has risen since he took office (the Dow opened at 8,279.63 on the morning he took office and it closed at 17,631.10 on Tuesday, July 28). But some have argued that's because of the Federal Reserve's zero-interest, easy money policies, not the president's economic policies.
Unemployment during Obama's tenure unemployment peaked at 10 percent in October 2009, and remained above 9 percent until March 2011; today, the unemployment rate today is about 5.3 percent. But the lowered rate is due to a number of factors, including a record number of Americans no longer being in the labor force, a rise in part-time employment that exceeds pre-Great Recession rates, and the skewed methodology the Labor Department uses to measure unemployment.
As for the housing market, it was bottomed out when Obama took office, so really there was nowhere for it to go but up.
Kids suffering the most
So, what about the most vulnerable in our society - our children? How are they doing under the president's tutelage? Apparently not too well.
As reported by USA Today, a higher percentage of American children are living in poverty now than during the Great Recession, says a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation [see it here]. Some 22 percent of kids in the U.S. existed below the official poverty line in 2013, up from 18 percent in 2008, the foundation's Kids Count Data Book noted. In 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services put the official poverty line at $23,624 annually for a family with two adults and two children.
"The fact that it's happening is disturbing on lots of levels," Laura Speer, the associate director for policy reform and advocacy at the Casey Foundation, a non-profit based in Baltimore, told the paper. "Those kids often don't have the access to the things they need to thrive."
The organization's mission, according to officials with the group, is to assist low-income children in the United States by providing grants and stumping for policies that foster economic opportunities.
As USA Today noted:
The report examined data from several federal agencies ranging from 2008 to 2013 to assess state-by-state trends of 16 factors of children's well-being, including economics, education, health and family and community. It found that one in four children - a total of 18.7 million kids - lived in low-income households in 2013; low-income families were defined as those who use more than 30 percent of their pre-tax income for housing.
Pattern of national child abuse and neglect
But the decline in overall well-being for our nation's children under Obama follows a pattern of abuse and neglect and even murder that has been established over time:
-- As we have reported, abortion doctors go "above and beyond" simply providing women a birth control service by murdering babies born alive. This dovetails with additional reporting regarding revelations that officials from Planned Parenthood have been caught on video negotiating the sale (for profit) of body parts from aborted babies, a federal crime;
-- We impose mandatory vaccinations on our children, usurping parental rights to informed consent (or refusal) and enriching Big Pharma even as we expose children to debilitating and deadly vaccine violence;
-- We have permitted state Child Protective Services to be transformed into "officially sanctioned" entities that engage in child sex trafficking and for-profit operations, under the phony guise of "protecting" kids;
-- We have allowed fast food and sugary drink industries to poison our children with high-fat, low nutrition, genetically modified "food," creating a childhood obesity epidemic that has led to the premature development of illnesses like diabetes;
-- And we have created a dependency class of citizens, whose children subsist on taxpayer-funded food stamps used to buy low-cost, low nutrition food that enriches big retailers and big banks.
So while Obama's economic figures are largely a mirage, what is most definitely real is that the president has done little to improve their lot in America, and lots to make things worse for far too many.
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