Yes, there are manifold problems confronting many countries in the European Union. That said, it hardly lies in the mouth of Obama to lecture the Europeans about getting their economic and financial houses in order. What about looking outside the White House at what is happening with and to his own people? The stats revealed in this New York Times piece make for truly frightening reading.
Down but not quite out, these Americans form a diverse group sometimes called “near poor” and sometimes simply overlooked — and a new count suggests they are far more numerous than previously understood.
When the Census Bureau this month released a new measure of poverty, meant to better count disposable income, it began altering the portrait of national need. Perhaps the most startling differences between the old measure and the new involves data the government has not yet published, showing 51 million people with incomes less than 50 percent above the poverty line. That number of Americans is 76 percent higher than the official account, published in September. All told, that places 100 million people — one in three Americans — either in poverty or in the fretful zone just above it."