Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

1/9/2014 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

President's policies have had little impact overall on poverty; food stamp recipients have increased

Fifty long years after President Lyndon Baines Johnson gave his war on poverty speech; there are no plans to commemorate it by the Obama administration. It was in 1964 that Johnson added such sweeping changes as Medicaid, head Start and federal anti-poverty programs. In spite of President Barack Obama's stated dislike for the disparity of the rich and poor in the U.S., there are signs that the poor have actually lost ground under his administration. There are 13 million more people receiving food stamps since he took office.

A staggering 50 million Americans live below the poverty line, which the federal government defined in 2012 as an annual income of $23,492 for a family of four.

A staggering 50 million Americans live below the poverty line, which the federal government defined in 2012 as an annual income of $23,492 for a family of four.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

1/9/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Politics & Policy

Keywords: President Obama, policies, poverty, food stamps, recession


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The president's only public event Tuesday was a plea for Congress to approve extended benefits for the long-term unemployed. The gesture only served to underscore the ongoing economic troubles during the president's five years in office.

"What I think the American people are really looking for in 2014 is just a little bit of stability," Obama said.

Pray to Saint Sebastian with our special Prayer Card.

The poverty rate has stood at 15 percent for three consecutive years, the first time since the 1960s. The poverty rate in 1965 was 17.3 percent; it was 12.5 percent in 2007, before the Great Recession.

A staggering 50 million Americans live below the poverty line, which the federal government defined in 2012 as an annual income of $23,492 for a family of four.

Robert Rector, a specialist on welfare and poverty at the conservative Heritage Foundation says that Obama's anti-poverty efforts "are basically to give more people more free stuff. That's exactly the opposite of what Johnson said," Rector says. "Johnson's goal was to make people prosperous and self-sufficient."

In Obama's defense, the president's advisers say his policies rescued the nation from the deep recession in 2009, saved the auto industry and reduced the jobless rate to seven percent from a high of 10 percent four years ago.

Gene Sperling, the president's top economic adviser, said Mr. Obama has pulled as many as nine million people out of poverty with policies such as extending the earned income tax credit for parents with three or more children and reducing the "marriage penalty."

"There are things that this president has done that have made a big difference," Sperling said this week.

Sperling also points to the president's raising of the minimum wage. "It would make them less dependent on government programs. It would not add to the deficit one penny, but it would reward work and reduce poverty," he said.

Pope Francis calls for your 'prayer and action'...

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for March 2015
Universal:
Scientists: That those involved in scientific research may serve the well-being of the whole human person.
Evangelization: Contribution of women: That the unique contribution of women to the life of the Church may be recognized always.



Comments


More Politics & Policy

Growing rift in the Republican party exposes the corruption within, thankfully dramatic change is coming Watch

Image of The rift is growing, one side represents itself, the other the basic principles of liberty, responsibility and freedom.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The media would have you believe there are two kinds of Republicans, the "moderate" Republicans and the "TEA Party" Republicans. This is an artificial construct, a myth perpetuated by the media. In reality, there is the Establishment versus the people. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


Where's the truth anymore?: Secretary of State John Kerry insists we will defeat ISIS Watch

Image of The destruction created by ISIS in Syria is unbelievable.

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The arrival of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, into the United States, has sparked controversy among the Congress and the Presidential administration. Although National Security Adviser, Susan Rice, stated Netanyahu's arrival would be "destructive to the ... continue reading


Saved in nick of time: Congress approves one-week bill to keep Department of Homeland Security open Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Just just in time - with new terrorist concerns at an all-time high, Congress finally voted 357-60 in the House in order to keep the Department of Homeland Security open. The final vote came little more than an hour after the Senate cleared the measure. LOS ... continue reading


U.S. at War with Israel? Obama threatened to shoot down Israeli jets if they attempt to bomb Iran's nuclear facilities Watch

Image of The Netanyahu government decided to strike Iran some time in 2014 after Israel discovered the U.S. and Iran had been involved in secret talks over Iran's nuclear program and were about to sign an agreement without consulting Israel.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The news is SHOCKING. Evidently, U.S. President Barack Obama is either hidebound to improve relations between the U.S. and Iran, or no longer values Israel's friendship in the Middle East. According to Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida, a reliable source says Obama ... continue reading


BANNING BULLETS: Obama to use executive action to ban ammo for popular hunting rifle Watch

Image of The inexpensive 5.56 M855 ammo, commonly called

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Banning all firearms across the United States would take a massive effort, and certainly not many Americans would willingly give up their protection. According to a memo, U.S. President Barack Obama intends to use his executive powers to ban the bullets for the ... continue reading


Abercrombie & Fitch's 'looks policy' under fire for stark employee discrimination of Muslim girl Watch

Image of

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Abercrombie & Fitch faces yet another lawsuit for potential discrimination. The hip clothing store has previously been under fire for lack of racial diversity in both employment and advertisement and for limited sizing choices. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - ... continue reading


SHOCKING REPORT: Social Security card in hand, illegal immigrants can claim back tax benefits Watch

Image of Lawmakers have expressed distress that amnestied illegal immigrants could be potentially rewarded for illegal work.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Workers living and employed here illegally appear to be on a fast track to join the American dream. According to a Congressional Research Service, or CRS, memo, those illegal immigrants able to obtain Social Security Numbers and work permits due to President ... continue reading


NOT SO FAST! Net neutrality to get onceover before approval Watch

Image of Democrat Mignon Clyburn on the Federal Communications Commission wants to narrow the scope of new net neutrality rules set for a vote later this week.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The hotly debated "Net Neutrality" - which will determine how the 21st Century's preferred mode of communication and information - is not a sure thing, just yet. Democrat Mignon Clyburn on the Federal Communications Commission wants to narrow the scope of new ... continue reading


Democrats can dish it out - but are now shying away from Obamacare penalties Watch

Image of As those taxpayers discover the penalty they owe, they will already be racking up a new, higher penalty for 2015.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

It looks like Democrats can dish it out, but can't take it. One of the stipulations of health care reform, or "Obamacare" was those who chose not to enroll had to pay a penalty come tax time. Now, as millions begin to file their taxes, Democrats are having ... continue reading


Human Tide: Texas' porous border allows thousands to flood in from Mexico Watch

Image of Speaking out on CBS's

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Porous borders - one where demarcations are hazy and ill-defined, allowing people to cross over into another country without proper accounting, was one of the reasons for the Ebola crisis in East Africa. There exists a similar situation between the United ... continue reading


All Politics & Policy News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Jeremiah 18:18-20
18 'Come on,' they said, 'let us concoct a plot ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 31:5-6, 14, 15-16
5 to your hands I commit my spirit, by you have I ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 20:17-28
17 Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, and on the road ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for March 4th, 2015 Image

St. Casimir
March 4: Casimir grew up in a world where his life was not his own. As a ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter