The economy sucks. And blows chunks. And I'm lucky to be in the north judging by Ed Hightower's article:
The economic crisis continues to increase poverty in the US, according to the recently released US Census Bureau’s Report on Income, Poverty and Health Insurance, a study that examines data collected from approximately 100,000 households in 2010.
The official US poverty rate in 2010 was 15.1 percent, an increase of 0.8 percent from 2009 and the third consecutive increase since 2007 when the figure was 12.5 percent. Approximately 46.2 million Americans lived in poverty in 2010, while 49 million were without health insurance. Forty-six of the 50 US states saw an increase in the poverty rate from 2009 to 2010, and median household income fell in all regions.
The South witnessed an increase in both poverty rates and the total number of people in poverty, with a poverty rate of 16.9 percent and 19.1 million people in poverty in 2010, up from 15.7 percent and 17.6 million in 2009. Median household income in the region fell 1.9 percent, from $46,368 to $45,492 annually.
Unemployment in the South now exceeds that in the Northeast and the Midwest. Only the West, where the housing bubble collapsed with particular ferocity, has higher unemployment.Barack didn't want to focus on the economy. He wanted to travel the world. He wanted to push his awful ObamaCare. He wanted to do anything but roll up his sleeves and work on the economy. And 3 years later, boy, does it show.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"