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LAMBRO: Obama on track to have worst job record since World War II
It’s time to let him go
Question of the Day
There is more to Mr. Obama’s bleak economy than just the shrinking number of available jobs. A devastating list of other statistics, ignored by the nightly news shows, reveals a nation struggling to make ends meet. Among them:
Food stamp use hit a record high this summer, rising to 46.7 million Americans, according to the Agriculture Department. “Too many middle-class families who have fallen on hard times are still struggling,” says Agriculture Secretary Thomas J. Vilsack.
An unprecedented number of U.S. households were going hungry as they struggled to feed their families in the past year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported last week. Nearly 18 million families in 2011, 700,000 more than in 2010, didn’t always have enough food to feed themselves on a regular basis. That’s more than 50 million people, or about 1 in 6.
Household income is down significantly in the past three years. From June 2009 to June 2012, the nation’s median household income dropped 4.8 percent to $50,964, according to an independent study by Sentier Research. Median income means that 50 percent earn more than that and 50 percent earn less. The current median income level is 7.2 percent below where it stood in 2007.
Last week’s Democratic convention never mentioned any of these or other disturbing economic statistics in the Obama economy, belying the sanctimonious concern for the poor and the middle class, who have been hurt most by Mr. Obama’s harmful policies.
Instead, we got plenty of lame excuses, blame-shifting, a long list of false statistics and extravagant promises of better days to come, without Mr. Obama detailing a specific agenda to deliver the goods.
Clint Eastwood said it best at the GOP convention: “When someone isn’t doing the job, we’ve got to let him go.” The sooner Mr. Obama goes, the better off our economy will be.
Donald Lambro is a syndicated columnist and former chief political correspondent for The Washington Times.
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