Since the Democrats took control of the budgetary powers of Congress in 2007 poverty in America has soared. 2009 levels were at their highest point in over 50 years. The number of people without health insurance rose to its highest level too.
It even makes you wonder if there is a connection between the Democratic Congress’s wholesale destruction of the economy and the cramdown of the healthcare bill against the wishes of 70% of Americans.
In the second year of a brutal recession, the ranks of the American poor soared to their highest level in half a century and millions more are barely avoiding falling below the poverty line, the Census Bureau reported Thursday.
About 44 million Americans – one in seven – lived last year in homes in which the income was below the poverty level, which is about $22,000 for a family of four. That is the largest number of people since the census began tracking poverty 51 years ago.
The snapshot captured by the census for 2009, the first year of the Obama presidency, shows an America in the throes of economic upheaval.
Since 2007, the year before the recession kicked into gear, the country has almost 4 million fewer wage-earners. There are more children growing up poor. And for the first time since the government began tracking health insurance in 1987, the number of people who have health coverage declined, as people lost jobs with health benefits or employers stopped offering it.