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We have had a war on poverty for 50 years now, have we made any progress? Today we have more poor than anytime in history. Talking about helping the poor and actually creating conditions that remedy the problem are quite different. Obama may say he will address the poor and he may throw them some crumbs, but they will take those crumbs and through procreation create more crumb grabbers and poverty will increase exponentially. Do the math.

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Well, sorry, but I once again have to counter your contention -- "Today we have more poor than anytime in history" -- with actual facts.

Though the number of those in poverty has edged up as the recession has persisted, the number of Americans in poverty are hardly what they were in the 1950s, in the Reagan 80s, or even in the mid-90s when I worked in Washington.

Ref. 1: http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/poverty/about/overview/index.html

Ref: 2: http://www.npc.umich.edu/poverty/#3

Look, I don't really mind if you use my blog comment section to bash Obama. To each his own. I just ask that you consider my responses, which will include this link on a comprehensive analysis of what the Obama Administration has done on poverty:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/revised_creating_pathways_to_opportunity_report_10_14_11.pdf

Thanks.

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Here's the story..."WASHINGTON — Another 2.6 million people slipped into poverty in the United States last year, the Census Bureau reported Tuesday, and 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."

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/14/us/14census.html?pagewanted=all

I do mind that you have seen my post as bashing Obama, I don't. I think he has an 8 year strategy and sacrificed many on the bottom, victims near poverty, including soldiers to accomplish his 8 year plan. Where the industrial revolution ended poverty for many, the computer revolution has increased it, and will continue to do so. There is no plan to employ displaced labor though the plans to increase efficiency marches on. He may be the best choice we have, but he isn't the best choice we could have if the system was structured to serve the masses rather than the classes. Obama won't win a second term because he's great, he'll win because the options are dumb and dumber.

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Poverty
"The number from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the association of the world's developed economies, is actually 17.3%.

And how do we compare with other rich countries?

We rank 31st of the 34 countries that make up the OECD in terms of the percentage of our population that qualifies as poor. Of the 34 member states, only Mexico, Chile and Israel are worse off than we are. The UK (at 11%), Germany (8.9%) and France (7.2%) are all much lower. The OECD average is 11%.

In case you're wondering how the OECD defines poverty, it calculates the number as the percentage of people who earn less than half of the country's median wage. It's an easy way to compare data across countries."
http://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/2012/02/12/zakaria-mitt-you-need-to-worry-about-the-very-poor/

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In response to your "Creating Pathways to Opportunity" link I had seen it last year. It was introduced by a email that was received by one of Obama's departments. I get a lot of white house correspondents, sometimes to much, especially during the silly season, is there enough time in the day. ;-)

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