Poverty in the United States remains high, median income stagnant

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  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Sept. 24, 2013 9:25 p.m.

    About fifty million people are on food stamps. If each food stamp fed three, than half our people are government fed.

    Add school lunches, unemployment, disability, etc,---and poverty could easily exceed 15%.

    Obama keeps putting fuel in the fire.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 20, 2013 12:32 p.m.

    @lost in DC
    "yet dem policies continue to belittle the traditional family."

    A refusal to condemn non-traditional families is not the same as belittling traditional families...

  • Casey See FLOWER MOUND, TX
    Sept. 19, 2013 1:54 p.m.

    Responsibility is what is missing. Ever since Truman's great social experiment, welfare roles and proverty have been increasing. Lets start asking for some accountability of individuals.

    For example, single parent families (most of which are headed by a mother) filled with children sired by multiple fathers who have no incentive to care for their offspring and mothers who were raised by welfare mothers who see the only way to get ahead is to have more children so that their welfare check increases.

    How about requiring the person responsible for co-creating these children have to pay for child support until they are 18 years old and graduated from high school, which ever is later. perhaps they will think a little harder about that 15 - 60 minutes of fun and its consequences.

    If they won't or can't pay, then they can work on public projects such as cleaning up roads, parks, and other activities we currently pay with tax dollars. In this way we get something back for our taxes.

    If either continues to procreate without recognizing that they have some responsibility for the outcome, then sterilization or long term birth control measures will need to be imposed.

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    Sept. 19, 2013 12:52 a.m.

    Yes, let's blame Obama. After all, shouldn't he be telling everyone to work harder? Instead, he was playing golf, right?

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Sept. 18, 2013 2:12 p.m.

    the biggest factor in the high poverty rate among children is living in single-parent households

    yet dem policies continue to belittle the traditional family.

    BO has nothing to do with job-killing obamacare, tax policy, or the EPA? nice try at an excuse.

  • 1conservative WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Sept. 18, 2013 2:12 p.m.

    IF Obamacare stays in place AND Obama gets his amnesty for 30 million "new" low-skilled foreign workers it WILL break the American economy.

    We might could, (if enough of the middle class workers STAY working)economically survive the impact of one of these issues, but our economy can't absorb the impact of both of these job killers.

  • jeru0455 SALEM, OR
    Sept. 18, 2013 1:07 p.m.

    This has nothing to do with Obama, the truth is that the president has very little to do with the unemployment level. More unemployment and more poverty are just the outcomes of advanced capitalism and globalization. Get used to it, it's just the new norm.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 18, 2013 10:28 a.m.

    Well barack?

    I guess your plans are working like you've been telling us they would huh?

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Sept. 18, 2013 7:58 a.m.

    If the government would stop subsidizing and enabling permanent poverty with massive entitlements, millions of people in poverty could rise above and become wealthy like they used to in this country. Since the 1950's and after trillions of taxpayer dollars thrown at poverty, we have more poverty in America today than existed then, just like Detroit. Proving the government can not, will not and never shall solve poverty but it does create a permanent underclass of dependency with no father in the home which creates other social problems like crime, even more poverty and drug addictions. Wake up America before its too late!

  • Mainly Me Werribee, 00
    Sept. 18, 2013 12:44 a.m.

    The Dear Leader just loves taking credit for everything, why not the poverty level. Since he was anointed, the poverty level went from 14.3% to 15.1%. Where are all those shovel ready jobs?

  • David Centerville, UT
    Sept. 17, 2013 11:11 p.m.

    Obviously there is blame to share: Democrats and Republicans laid the foundation for the Great Recession more than a decade ago. Obama's policies have not helped, and have actually dragged the recovery through a painfully slow period of anemic growth.

    There are no statesmen visible to raise a voice of reason, to lead the country in the right direction. Instead we have Obama throwing insults and threats, and Republicans reciprocating with quivering lips.

    If leaders truly wanted to help the poor and middle class, they should visit with LDS Church leaders and learn how the LDS Church caries out its welfare efforts.