Irene Salyers, 52, of Buchanan County, Va., a declining coal region in Appalachia. Married and divorced three times, Salyers now helps run a fruit and vegetable stand with her boyfriend, but it doesn’t generate much income. They live mostly off government disability checks.
How did Obama get elected?
FEAR of this fate
EXCLUSIVE: 4 IN 5 IN US FACE
NEAR-POVERTY, NO WORK
Four out of 5 U.S. adults struggle with joblessness, near poverty or reliance on welfare for at least parts of their lives, a sign of deteriorating economic security and an elusive American dream.
Survey data exclusive to The Associated Press points to an increasingly globalized U.S. economy, the widening gap between rich and poor and loss of good-paying manufacturing jobs as reasons for the trend.
The findings come as President Barack Obama tries to renew his administration’s emphasis on the economy, saying in recent speeches that his highest priority is to “rebuild ladders of opportunity" and reverse income inequality.
Hardship is particularly on the rise among whites, based on several measures. Pessimism among that racial group about their families’ economic futures has climbed to the highest point since at least 1987. In the most recent AP-GfK poll, 63 percent of whites called the economy “poor."
America is NOT BACK. No matter what you say, Mr, Prez. Words?
Deeds not words.
Or as a famous philosopher once said,
DO OR DO NOT.
I read this article at WTOP -- before logging into IBA this morning.
The reality is obvious to you and me. But so many live in cities and never venture out beyond edge cities or Disney World.
I see no "fix" for our ailing economy. Do you?
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