The Obama Recovery: One Fourth Connecticut Households Struggling

The myth of the Obama recovery is still being pushed on a populace that knows better. We constantly hear Democrats pretend that Obama has accomplished some great things for the U.S. economy. Such insane ravings deserve to be mocked. The Connecticut United Way recently published more evidence that these claims are crazy, saying that about twenty-five percent of the state’s households are above the poverty line but are still barely able to make ends meet.

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[See also, “American Workers Impoverished During ‘Recovery.’]

According to the Hartford Courant, “25 Percent Of Connecticut Households Above Federal Poverty Level But Struggle To Meet Basic Needs.”

The income threshold varies by family size. A single mother with three children would need to have a combined $64,689 in wages and child support to get past what the agency characterizes as a “survival budget.” For a single person, the figure is $21,944.

When families are in this fix, the report says, the stress of juggling bills and trying to pick up extra hours means they may not have time to cook healthy food or exercise to stay healthy. Children may go unsupervised after school. The families might put off doctor or dentist visits, worsening health problems.

United Way calls families like these ALICE, for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. Seventy percent of the ALICE households are individuals or families where everyone is younger than 65.

“They’re our friends, the Little League coach, a family member,” said Richard Poth, head of the United Way of Connecticut.

In Connecticut, the new report said, 10 percent of all households fall under the poverty level, and 25 percent are between the poverty level and the ALICE threshold.

The state’s 16 United Way groups are drawing attention to the ALICE population in hopes that donors will recognize how many people are working so hard to get by, and, with some strategic help, can move from just surviving to financial stability.

Similar ALICE reports have been done in a limited number of other states by their United Way organizations. Northern New Jersey was the first to shine a light on the ALICE population, and this year, for the first time, Connecticut, California, Florida, Indiana and Michigan United Ways have commissioned their own studies.

Connecticut has the lowest proportion of residents below the federal poverty level and the lowest combined total in the ALICE category and below the poverty line of any of the states.

If you want to know why the Democrats lost so badly in the November 4 elections, this provides a large part of the answer. When voters are miserable they don’t tend to vote for the party in power to stay in power.

But can Republicans offer a way forward? Or are they going to miss this opportunity?