- Posted January 2, 2014 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Is There a War on the Poor?
I want to begin with a question, are the poor in the United States better off since President Obama was elected in 2008?
Even though the political campaigns were filled with promises about making life better for “Main Street”, it seems that many who lived and worked on “Main Street” have since lost their homes and jobs. They have seen their savings accounts depleted and have had to look to the government for help.
At first we blamed the mess left by President Bush for the plight of the poor. The president assured us that we had to get through this horrible recession then things would be better. If we passed the stimulus bill there would be more jobs, there would be more opportunity, prosperity would return.
When the president presided over all three branches of government he allowed the congress to use a continuing resolution to fund the government instead of insisting on a budget. This decision to provide political coverage for the 2010 midterm elections not only did not work out the way he hoped for the election, but created a scenario with some terrible consequences.
No budget equaled a lot of uncertainty among business owners. That combined with the ACA and its drawn out implementation left business owner unsure of what the future would bring. My husband is in sales for a large manufacturer of building envelope products, he saw his customers want to do the maintenance on their buildings but just do the bare minimum so that they could be prepared for possible tax increases and what the ACA would bring.
No budget led to the president’s sequester. In the president’s haste to get a budget resolution passed and get back on the campaign trail, he suggested the sequester. The sequester initially created some issues for government agencies, but now it comes with some serious consequences for people that relied on housing subsidies, SNAP food benefits and unemployment benefits. The poor have rallied behind this man and yet they seem to have gained little to nothing for their loyalty.
While it seems that the poor are struggling more and more to make ends meet, I keep hearing how the stock market is closing at all-time highs. Wasn't the last campaign about the evil rich? Why are the policies of this administration hurting the poor and helping the rich? It seems to me that people would much rather have a good paying job that allows them to contribute to a retirement account so that they can reap the benefits of the stock market. Instead of jobs our government is handing out food stamps and extending unemployment benefits. Does that really help the poor?
Wasn't Obamacare supposed to help the working poor? In theory, low cost health insurance for everyone sounds great, and for some I am sure it feels like a Godsend. But for many, I think the cost is too high when you factor in less work hours.
While I was buying paint yesterday, I got into a conversation with the manager at the paint store; he told me that he had to cut the hours for employees from 32 hours to 27 hours. He alluded to the fact that this occurred because of the ACA. My local McDonald’s that up until now was a 24 hour operation is now reducing its hours; could it be a way to reduce staff?
So again I ask, are the poor better off?
I am not suggesting that if we replace this president with a Republican one things will suddenly be better, what I am suggesting is that our government is not being honest with you. Our government is not beholden to the people, we are no longer in charge. I also would like to say that I believe that our constant partisan bickering is a tool they use to distract us from what is really going on.
Beware of politicians bearing gifts.