U.S. poverty on track to hit highest level since 1960s

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  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    July 24, 2012 8:30 a.m.

    @ Cavetroll.. Does anyone see the correlation of when the government launches another antipoverty program, the poverty rate goes up? The government makes it so very easy to become “poor” in America and the vast majority of poverty is voluntary!

  • cavetroll SANDY, UT
    July 23, 2012 6:51 p.m.

    So let me get this straight. President Obama is responsible for a rise in poverty numbers, but not responsible for record corporate profits? Does anybody else see the correlation here? Corporate "people" are richer than ever, yet real people are getting poorer. And we wonder why America is in trouble? So much for job creators creating jobs, at least sustainable ones. There is a big difference from having a job to having job that can sustain living.

  • ThoughtfulTeen Salem, UT
    July 23, 2012 3:41 p.m.

    You know, it looks like we're going to be heading back to how it was during most of history. There shall be no "middle class". There shall be the uber-rich, and there shall be serfs (AKA, the rest of us). They say history repeats itself. Here's proof.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    July 23, 2012 2:55 p.m.


    good to see you again!

    I see you still do not mention the 25-30 jobs bills that the house has passed, but harry reid won't let come up for a vote in the senate.

    and no, I will not quote you chapter and verse from a select news source - you can do your own searching.

    I wonder what else the dems have attached to the bill CNN says the repubs are blocking? Porbably a tax increase on small businesses who create the majority of US jobs - BO has a habit of attaching that to everything he wants passed - perfect way to play class warfare

    I see you also forget that BO had control of both houses of congress his first two years and still could not get unemployment below 8%.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    July 23, 2012 1:59 p.m.

    Wouldn't it be great if we had a jobs bill?

    Oh, wait...


    GOP senators block top Obama jobs initiative - By Ted Barrett - CNN - 07/19/12

    Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked the No.1 item on the president's congressional to-do-list, refusing to allow a vote on a bill that would give tax breaks for companies that insource jobs to the U.S. from overseas...

    I will never understand why people blame Obama for poor job numbers...

    when he has a congress that vote DOWN any jobs bill from President Obama.

    The coninuing Obstruction from the Republican party is self-evident.

    This happened just last Thursday.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    July 23, 2012 10:17 a.m.

    BO's legacy, massive increases in poverty.

    Jobs go overseas, not just because of wages (for low/no skill jobs, maybe), but because of confiscatory taxes. Most of the industrial world has corporate tax rates below 10%, but we have corporate tax rates around 35% on the federal level and then the states add their own taxes on top. Overhaul the tax system and you will see jobs return.

    July 23, 2012 9:44 a.m.

    Costly overregulation and confiscatory taxation are responsible for large numbers of jobs and large sums of money going overseas. Until our government realizes that we are in a global economy, with global competition and reduces the burdens placed on the engine of our economy, small business, our economy and job market will continue to languish, puting millions more into poverty. Unfortunately, it looks like the politicians, obsessed with maintaning their power, will continue to punish and enslave the American people. They have no interest it a prosperous society because a prosperous society is a free society and in a free society there is little need for large government and powerful politicians.

  • Chuck E. Racer Lehi, UT
    July 23, 2012 8:44 a.m.

    The war on poverty was not based on correct principles of how to build people. It was a way for politicians, particularly LBJ and the Democrats, to get votes by claiming to solve a problem. It was a government salve for people's consciences for not helping people themselves.

    If it had been done on a local level, county by county, it might have been able to accomplish some good. It isn't that government can't help the problem. It's that the NATIONAL government can't do it from Washington.

  • Chuck E. Racer Lehi, UT
    July 23, 2012 8:15 a.m.

    The only thing the war on poverty did was INCREASE poverty!

  • Cinci Man FT MITCHELL, KY
    July 23, 2012 7:29 a.m.

    "The problem is not lack of jobs". Did you mean to say this? You must be jesting us. Over 23 million people are out of work, and tens of thousands of people who had good paying jobs 5-10 years ago have seen their incomes cut between 50% and 80%. and similar numbers of good jobs have been shipped overseas by CEO's making millions in salary spending earnings from U.S. consumers to sever employees, build facilities in foreign countries, and hire 3-5 times the workers offshore for the money they were paying U.S. workers. And our Congress continues to allow such tactics to go unpunished and they offer no deterrents nor incentives to keep the jobs here.

    I believe that it is time that Mr. Obama and Congress stop blaming everyone else and get down to work on the problem. Elections are coming up and it makes no sense that any incumbent should win. They will not get the message until we send them the message.

  • ute alumni Tengoku, UT
    July 23, 2012 6:39 a.m.

    this is the hope and change that obama promised. nice, mr. president you have lived up to your promise. now, follow through on your "if this economy doesn't turn around, it is a one term proposition".
    do the right thing and step down, you have been awful as a president.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    July 23, 2012 5:47 a.m.

    At least this article stepped on a major part of the issue in the state of the economy, it is not because lack of government entitlements for being poor and living in poverty. Poverty is so bad that it takes 2 adults working 2 full time jobs each to "maintain" and live in poverty.

    That should be a clue but very few even think about it or mention it. The problem is not lack of jobs, its lack of reasonable wages and business with 5,000% (five thousand percent) profit growth and sitting in the banks. These banks laden with trillions of dollars profit are defrauding its workers by offering underpaid workers with debit and credit cards they can charge interest on and keep the indentured servitude plans in place.

    This story does not surprise government or business, its been their plan for over 60 years, people in poverty can be controlled. Unlike their parents who had prosperity because of Unions and united workers taking their share of profits, even in government taxes and paid jobs. Government workers are the lowest paid organized work force now under fire as over paid giving up wages and job benefits for job security.