Today's news kind of shocked me. Our poverty rate is now the worst it's been in about 50 years. I guess I shouldn't have been too surprised as Food Stamps have ballooned by 70% between 2008 and 2011. 50 million American's are now below the poverty level including 20% of our kids! Extreme poverty, which in the US is categorized as under $2 a day, is where 3 million households are. That's double the 1996 level! As you can see from the graph below the poverty rate has been below 15% since 1966.
Why has it jumped up over 5% since 2009? Liberals would say the policies of Bush. I would say Liberalism. Our citizens deserve a safety net, for when life gets ugly. A small percentage even need government assistance for their entire lives due to mental illness or physical challenges. But the vast majority are capable of working. How is it possible for 3 million households to survive on less than $2 a day? It's not. That number is before they receive government benefits. The entire immigration argument from the side of agriculture and builders is they can't find people to work hard for minimum wage. I just found 3 million people. There's plenty more who keep their earnings at a level below the poverty line that would entitle them to welfare or other government programs. This develops a culture where you're a fool for going to work. Why work 10 hours busting your hump when you can get just as much sitting at home? But that also keeps them from promotions and dreams and everything else that goes in to building a life. The best thing Bill Clinton did was the Welfare Reform Act of 1996. Maybe the worst thing Barack Obama has done was gut it in 2011. People need to get back to work, and the thing preventing them is a comfy couch.