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Fuzzy Logic: Worse Off Is Better

RNC Communications - December 9, 2011

Last night, Obama was asked how he would respond to Memphis residents who, suffering from his failed economic policies, have seen their city become the metropolitan region with the highest poverty rate in the nation.  Ignoring the reality of the situation which he would rather deny, Obama claimed he has been “cleaning” up and strengthening the economy, but the citizens of Memphis know better.

WREG’S RICHARD RANSOM: “Since you took office, Memphis has now become the city with the highest poverty rate in the country. We’ve got 40 percent of our kids who live in poverty. We’re having to feed the kids at school breakfast, lunch, and dinner now to make sure that they get a full meal. And the most affected group is some of your strongest supporters, African-Americans. What would you say to those folks who say they’re very disappointed in what has happened since you’ve taken office and their plight?”

OBAMA: “Well, look, what I’d say is we’ve gone through the worst financial crisis and economic crisis since the great depression. The reason they still support me is because they understand what an incredible mess had been made as I was coming into office and we’ve been spending the last three years cleaning it up. The good news is that the economy is starting to strengthen.” (Interview With The President, WREG [Memphis, TM], 12/8/11)

Nearly Three Years Of Obamanomics Has Left Memphis “The Poorest Big City In America”

“Hear This Hard, Cold Truth: Memphis Is The Poorest Big City In America.” “No, it's not the stat you want to brag about. But hear this hard, cold truth: Memphis is the poorest big city in America. That's what the 2010 Census figures reveal. The Memphis metropolitan area is the poorest of the 51 U.S. metro areas with populations of 1 million or more.” (Chris Peck, “Memphis Needs To Fight Poverty,” The Commercial Appeal [Memphis, TN], 10/2/11)

  • One Of Every Four Memphis Residents Lives Below The Poverty Line. “Within the Memphis city limits, one person out of four lives below the national poverty line. Among those who are black or Hispanic, the number is even higher.” (Chris Peck, “Memphis Needs To Fight Poverty,” The Commercial Appeal [Memphis, TN], 10/2/11)

40 Percent Of Memphis Children Live In Poverty. “Today, children under age 5 represent the largest single age group among those 17 and younger in the city of Memphis. About 55,250 city residents are under age 5. And here's the dreary result: 40 percent of the kids growing up inside the Memphis city limits live in poverty -- with their chances for a healthy and productive future already compromised.” (Chris Peck, “Memphis Needs To Fight Poverty,” The Commercial Appeal [Memphis, TN], 10/2/11)

“The Memphis Metro Area, According To Recent Census Figures, Has By Far The Highest Poverty Rate -- 19.1 Percent -- Of Any Of The 51 Metro Areas With Populations Of At Least 1 Million.” (Tom Charlier, “Memphis-Area Income Chasm Vast, Census Finds,” The Commercial Appeal [Memphis, TN], 12/9/11)

“The Only Solution Is To Lift People Up From The Bottom, And The Only Way To Do That Is Through Job Creation And A Strong Economy -- And We Don't Have That.” “Addressing that poverty, said John Gnuschke, director of U of M's Sparks Bureau of Business and Economic Research, would be the most direct way to close the income gap. ‘The only solution is to lift people up from the bottom, and the only way to do that is through job creation and a strong economy -- and we don't have that,’ Gnuschke said.” (Tom Charlier, “Memphis-Area Income Chasm Vast, Census Finds,” The Commercial Appeal [Memphis, TN], 12/9/11)

Since Obama Became President, The Unemployment Rate In Memphis Has Increased From 9.1 Percent To 10 Percent. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 12/9/11)


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