According to a study, “. . . . nearly a third of Americans who were part of the middle class as teenagers in the 1970s have fallen out of it as adults. . . .”
“. . . . a record number of Americans are living in poverty... the median male is now worse on a gross, inflation adjusted basis, than he was in… 1968!"
". . . . We can estimate that at least 56 million Americans, roughly 18.5% of the population, lived in poverty in 2010. . . . The richest 400 Americans have as much wealth as 154 million Americans combined, that’s 50% of the entire country. . . ."
The increase of foreign troops in Afghanistan that has taken place during Obama's administration has been followed by a corresponding increase in Afghan insurgency. "The US needs to let go of the military strategy and instead get serious about negotiations with the Taliban," said Derrick Crowe. "Throwing hundreds of thousands of troops and $2 billion a week at that problem... is just going to escalate the problem."
Executive Council issues strong statement following meeting with the President
". . . .There is no way to fund what we must do as a nation without bringing our troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan. The militarization of our foreign policy has proven to be a costly mistake. It is time to invest at home. . . ."
"....Two lengthy and expensive wars should not force billions of dollars in cuts to Medicaid, shifting costs to states and ultimately children, vulnerable seniors and people with disabilities...." Gerald McEntee, President, AFSCME
Some media herald the Obama plan to draw down troops in Afghanistan (33,000 between now and September, 2012) as "rapid withdrawal" or a "significant" reduction. But in fact, a reduction of 33,000 still leaves twice as many US. troops in Afghanistan as when Obama took office. MORE. . . .