Remember, this a feature of the Obamanation, not a bug.
It is unclear just which atmospheric phenomenon will get the blame for this unprecedented surge in poverty, which comes at a time when the pre-election economic data euphoria was adamant that the US economy was on an escape velocity to utopia. Instead what we do know is that in August and September, over three times as many foodstamp recipients were add to the economy as jobs (324,000). We also know that with the imminent impact of Sandy, which will send foodstamp recipients soaring, it is now looking quite possible that the US may end 2012 with just over a mindboggling 50 million Americans living in absolute poverty and collecting the $134.29 average monthly benefit per person, instead of working. Welcome to the recovery indeed.
Last weekend I was standing in line at Target admiring a delightfully attractive twenty-something young lady in line in front of me.
She was quite stylish in designer jeans, tall, high heeled boots, a leather waist coat and a very nice scarf. Her hair was cut, styled and well maintained as were her professionally manicured nails. I was admiring the rings on 80 percent of her fingers when I saw her pull out her EBT card to pay for the meat products on the conveyor.
She held a brief conversation with the clerk regarding the way in which the card was scanned, evidently without shame or concern. She purchased her pot roast and pork chops with the tax dollars of the clerk and those around her and sashayed from the store; the image of upper middle class elegance.
Another dependent of the Leviathan: The face of “poverty” in America.
Oh, I am pretty sure her name was “Julia”.