August was a bad month, 2009 was a bad year

By Duganz

I grew up in Anaconda, Montana, which has seemingly been in a recession since, oh say, 1982. I was also pretty damn poor as a kid–we didn’t eat at Grandma’s just because she cooked, but because we didn’t have food that day. Mom went to school, Dad worked his ass off for us.

But, man, things never seemed this bad:

The number of people in poverty increased by nearly 4 [million] – to 43.6 [million] – between 2008 and 2009, officials said.

The [U.S. Census Bureau] defines poverty as any family of four living on less than $21,954 a year.

Meanwhile, new figures showed home foreclosures in August hit the highest level since the mortgage crisis began.

Banks repossessed 95,364 properties in August, up 3% from July and an increase of 25% from August 2009, said RealtyTrac, a company which charts the national picture.

The official US poverty rate in 2009 rose to 14.3% from 13.2% in 2008. In 2009, 43.6 million Americans lived in poverty, up from 39.8 million the year before, the third consecutive increase, the bureau said.

What the hell was the point of the bailout again? To keep he banks afloat? Anyone want to bet that nobody from Citibank has been added to the poverty pit?

But that’s not all!

There are also 4.4 million more people without health insurance, and as p-bear already pointed out that number probably won’t be going up quickly, ya know, cause the reform bill doesn’t even really come into effect until 2014 (and it’s hard to buy insurance when you’re broke). I wonder how many more will lose insurance by then.

If we’re lucky, maybe we can have a society like the one in Metropolis.

Progressives are taking a huge hit this election year – that much seems clear – and it’s news like this. People see these numbers, and they blame those in power. We can say that President Obama and company inherited the mess all we want, but we must remember that bad numbers caused the Right to lose in 2008. It can happen again.

And who can blame the vox populi? If I was losing my home and my insurance, and I had a family (larger than just me and the Mrs.) I’d be super angry and want something to happen too. And maybe I’d revolt against the people who promised me change, and a future for my kids, and have yet to deliver on that promise (note: it’s easier to sell change than to make it happen).

I’m not trying to be a Negative-Nancy, it’s a cold reality and no amount of sugar can make it go down easy.

Unfortunately, that anger is leading to the steady rise of people like this nutcase:

It’s gonna be a long November.

  1. Big Swede

    I wonder what happened in the early eighties that would’ve caused Anaconda to drop into such a deep depression?

    • JC

      Um, do you really need a refresher course in the history of the Anaconda Company and ARCO? Or do you just want to blame it on the Socialists Allende and Alvarez?

      • Big Swede

        Nope, I was just thinking if you guys could snap your fingers and make Coalstrip, Stillwater Mines, or all oil related jobs in the Bakken fields suddenly disappear you’d do in a minute.

        No matter how many families it caused hardships to.

        • JC

          Nobody here is trying to get rid of those jobs. The multinational cartels do a good enough job of that all by themselves.

          So don’t try to blame what happened to Anaconda (and Butte) on anything local here in Montana or lefty politics. Anaconda was taken down by its imperialist forays into the third world, and the reaction from the populaces there when they elected Allende in Chile and Alvarez in Mexico in the early 70’s, and those leaders nationalized Anaconda’s mines.

          And that led to the sale to Arco, which was a horrible decision by them to get into the oil and coal and copper markets right before they tanked.

          But keep up the revisionism and innuendo directed at lefties. Feeds the narrative.

        • Duganz

          Oh yeah. I’d close ’em all down. I want every kid to be like me: raised broke as a joke in a town where $10 is making it big. It was so awesome for me when we had Hamburger Helper sans hamburger.

    • Price of copper dropped during reagan recession.


  2. lizard19

    republicans have no solutions for this country and democrats seem hell-bent on ignoring any of the solutions that might actually work.

  3. mr benson

    You don’t like O”Donnell? Oh, get a grip!

    However, more seriously, there was much schadenfreude among the green whackos when the Frenchtown mill closed, as there has been as every mine, mill and logging operation has disappeared. Those, and the railroad, were the good jobs in the 70s that disappeared.

    I had one. I really do identify with those who lost their jobs at the mill, or in the mine, or in the refinery threatened because it’s large tanks are being stopped from being hauled through Idaho and Montana. And the people who could have worked in the wind farms and energy storage installations in Central Montana, they’ll never know what they lost due to those opposing the MISTI lines.

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