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American dream dying under Obama?


American dream dying under Obama?

Scorecard of 10 indicators shows Americans worse off since  2009



NEW YORK – Are you better off today economically than you were when President  Obama took office in January 2009?


That question remains the litmus test for electoral politics as the U.S.  prepares to move into the 2014 mid-term election cycle.

The economic scorecard for President Obama continues to provide reasons for  alarm, despite Obama’s renewed attempt to emphasize yet again the plight of the  U.S. economy and decline of the middle class.

Amid the most massive welfare state ever created in human history, four of  five U.S. adults struggle with joblessness, near poverty, or reliance for at  least part of their lives, according  to a recent Associated Press report.

Even Obama-supporting Nobel Prize-winning economist and New York Times  columnist Paul Krugman has acknowledged that terms such as “modest recovery,”  “slow recovery” or even “recession” do not describe the economic malaise  experienced under Obama’s presidency.

Arguing that the U.S. is in a “low-grade” depression, the  liberal economist wrote July 5 that the U.S. economy may have entered  “permanent stagnation,” a situation in which “high unemployment could become  accepted as the new normal.”

Economist Peter Schiff, CEO of Euro Pacific Capital and author of the 2012  bestseller “The Real Crash: America’s Coming Bankruptcy – How to Save Yourself  and Your Country” is even less sanguine.

Schiff believes it makes no difference whether Obama replaces Ben Bernanke as  chairman of the Federal Reserve with Fed vice chair Janet Yellen, who favors  continuing the Fed’s quantitative easing policy, or with former Obama economic  adviser Larry Summers, who wants to end it.

“I think the U.S. economy is in trouble regardless of who President Obama  chooses, because it’s going to be more of the same policies that have brought  the country to the brink of economic ruin,” Schiff  said this week.

WND’s independent investigation of 10 key economic measures confirms that  economic conditions for millions of Americans have deteriorated substantially  under the Obama administration.

Consider the following:

Median household incomes decline under Obama

The U.S. Census  Bureau reported in 2011 that median household income was $50,054 in 2011, a  1.5 percent decline in real terms from 2010, following a decline from 2009. In  2011, real media household income was 8.1 percent lower than in 2007, the year  before the most recent recession, and was 8.9 percent lower than the median  household income peak that occurred in 1999. Real median household incomes have  not yet recovered to their pre-2001 recession all-time highs.

Poverty increases as more white families sink into poverty under  Obama

Prof.  William Julius Wilson at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government explained to  NPR that more than half of the 46 million Americans living in poverty in  2011, approximately 15 percent of the U.S. population, were black or Hispanic.  While the trend has been long-term, what has changed is that the gap between the  affluent and the middle class has widened significantly. A  Pew Research Center analysis of Census Bureau Data published in April showed  that from 2009 to 2011, the mean net worth of households in the upper 7 percent  of the wealth distribution rose by an estimated 28 percent, the mean net worth  of households in the lower 93 percent dropped by 4 percent.

The Census Bureau  reported there were 46.2 million Americans living in poverty in the United  States in 2011, the largest number of persons counted as poor in the 53 years of  poverty measurements. Further, 6.6 percent of the population, or 20.4 million  people, lived in deep poverty, defined as living 50 percent below the poverty  line. According to the AP report, 19 million whites fell below the poverty line  of $23,021 for a family of four, accounting for 41 percent of the nation’s poor,  nearly twice the number of poor African-Americans. Yet, while African-Americans  represent 13.1 percent of the general population, they represent 27.6 percent of  the poor.

More white families face economic insecurity

According to the AP, a new economic index to be published in 2014 by Oxford  University Press shows 76 percent of white adults by the time they turn 60 will  face economic insecurity, as defined by a year or more of periodic joblessness,  reliance on government aid such as food stamps, or income below 150 percent of  the poverty line. Measured across all races, the risk of economic insecurity  rises to 79 percent.

Food stamp enrollment up 50 percent under Obama

SNAP/Food  Stamp participation reached 31.7 million in December 2008 under President George  W. Bush, according to data provided by the Food Research and Action Center,  or FRAC. SNAP/Food Stamp participation in April 2013 rose  to 47.5 million Americans, according to the same source. Data from the Food  and Nutrition Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported  47.6 million Americans enrolled in SNAP/Food Stamps in May 2013.

Discouraged workers who have dropped out of the labor force up more  than 100 percent under Obama

According to U.S.  Bureau of Labor statistics, those who have dropped out of the labor force  because they have looked for work and have become discouraged they will ever  find a job have increased from an annual total of 462,000 in 2008 to 909,000 in  2012.

The monthly total was 988,000 for July 2013, registering a more than 100  percent increase between 2008 and 2013. The peak was reached in 2010, with  1,173,000 listed as discouraged workers who had dropped out of the labor force.  The number of workers listed by the BLS as “not in the labor force” for whatever  reason has increased on a straight-line graph from 79.5 million Americans in  2008 to 88.3 million in 2012, with the monthly total at 88.6 million in July  2013.

Seven out of eight jobs created under President Obama are  part-time

The  House Ways and Means Committee reported Aug. 5 that seven out of eight jobs,  approximately 88 percent, created under President Obama have been part-time  jobs.

“The reality, as you dig into the latest jobs data, reveals that few are  finding the full-time work they want and need, and many are forced to accept  part-time employment,” the committee said.

The BLS statistics show that under Obama, 1,882,000 part-time jobs have been  created, compared to only 270,000 full-time jobs created between January 2009  and July 2013.

Home ownership under Obama is at an 18-year low

The U.S. home-ownership rate that reached a high of 69.2 percent in 2004 is  back to where it was 18 years ago in 1995, at 65 percent in the second quarter  of 2013, according to U.S. Census data.

(Source: U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of  Commerce, July 30)

The  U.S. Census Bureau anticipates that the home ownership rate will hit bottom at  about 64 percent in 2014 as families leave foreclosures and enter rental  homes. The home ownership rate for African-Americans reached a high of 50  percent in the second quarter of 2004, up from about 43 percent in 1995, only to  decline in the second quarter of 2013 to 42.9 percent.

Outstanding student loan debt increased 125 percent under Obama,  while student loan default rates have climbed steadily since 2008

According  to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, student debt totaled $994 billion  as of June 30, up from $440 billion in 2008, an increase of 125 percent.

The  U.S. Department of Education reported the 2010 three-year cohort default  rate on student loans, the last year for which this calculation was available,  was 9.1 percent, up from 7 percent for the 2008 three-year cohort.

In  September 2012, the Institute for College Access & Success reported there is “overwhelming evidence” that some for-profit colleges are keeping their  default rates below the threshold for receiving taxpayer funding. Student loan  payments are often postponed while loans are in forbearance, but interest  continues to accrue and gets added to the loan balance, making repayment even  more difficult. Borrowers in forbearance are not reflected in the college’s  cohort default rates.

An  Education Sector study published in July, “In Debt and in the Dark,”  identified 514 colleges where student loan default rates were higher than  graduation rates. Cited in the study was financial aid expert Tim Ranzetta, who  proposed that the colleges should post the following disclosure: “Warning: This  education can be hazardous to your financial health. At this institution, you  have a higher probability of defaulting on your student loan than you do of  competing this program.”

The price of regular gasoline has soared nearly 100 percent under  Obama

According  to the Energy Information Agency, on Jan. 19, 2008, the day after President  Obama began his first term in office, the price of regular retail gasoline in  the U.S. averaged $1.847 a gallon. The EIA reported that on Aug. 12, 2013, the  price of regular retail gas averaged $3.561 a gallon.

EIA statistics show that since Dec. 27, 2010, the price of a regular gallon  of gasoline has not fallen below $3 a gallon.

The U.S. national debt has increased more than 50 percent under  Obama

Obama’s continued series of annual federal budget deficits in the range of $1  trillion has increased the national debt more than 50 percent since he has been  office, from a total of $11.9 trillion in fiscal 2009 to a current estimated  total of $18.2 trillion in fiscal 2014.

"Gross Federal Debt" is the total debt owed by the  federal government. It comprises "Debt Held by Public," including foreign  governments, debt held by federal government accounts such as IOUs owed to the  Social Security trust fund, and "Debt held by Federal Reserve," debt bought by  the Federal Reserve System as part of the monetary base. (Source:  usgovernmentspending.com)

The amount of federal debt held by the Federal Reserve has doubled under  Obama, as the Fed has engaged in a continuing policy of “quantitative easing”  under which it has purchased billions of dollars in U.S. Treasury debt, plus  agency debt, including mortgage-backed securities.

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Coin TossComment by Coin Toss - August 19, 2013, 5:36 pm
Marx would be so proud.
Obama is hitting on all 10 planks of the Communist Manifesto.
JAP69Comment by JAP69 - August 19, 2013, 5:46 pm
Looks like Obama is succeeding very well as planned.
rdgrnrComment by rdgrnr - August 19, 2013, 6:31 pm
Don't forget foreign Policy and World Affairs.
It's pretty bad when we make Russia look like the good guys.
In Syria, we support Al Qaeda and the Commander who eats the hearts and livers of the enemy.
In Egypt, we support the Muslim Brotherhood, who are slaughtering the Christians.
Russia used to be the bad guys.
Now it's us.
rcbbuckeyeComment by rcbbuckeye - August 19, 2013, 8:06 pm
The American dream isn't dying. America is dying. We are slowly but surely losing a bit of our freedom everyday.
emilygComment by emilyg - August 19, 2013, 10:11 pm
It will take us years to recover from this administration.

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