A growing minority of Americans say economic conditions today are good, but nearly half say they are still personally worse off than they were a year ago, according to a CNN/ORC International poll. Thirty-five percent of those questioned in the poll say that economic conditions in the country are « very » or « somewhat » good, but nearly two-thirds say they rate the economy as poor. Since December, there has been a slow, steady rise in the percentage who say things are good right now, from 26% in the same CNN poll in December to 31% in March, 33% in May and 35% now. Personally, 44% of Americans say their financial situation is worse today than it was a year ago, while 36% say they are better off and one in five say their personal finances are about the same. The numbers are little changed from a CNN poll from May of last year. Looking ahead, 50% of those polled say economic conditions will be good in the summer of 2014, and 49% think the economy will be poor. The poll was conducted June 11-13, with 1,014 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey’s overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.
Fed officials also predicted, in their latest economic forecast, released Wednesday, an improvement of the employment which it sees as one that will quickly decline – more than they had previously expected, sitting between 6.5 percent and 6.8, at the end of 2014. That is one year and a half from now.
In the meantime , « the Center for American Progress estimates that every billion dollars cut from SNAP costs the economy 13,781 jobs — meaning that the cuts which Stockman supports could cost over 275,000 jobs ». Read the discussion here : « GOP Congressman Claims ‘SNAP Challenge’ Proves The Need For More Food Stamp Cuts ».
Now, What about background checks ?
In one form or another, the majority of us have been touched by gun violence.
As a mayor, it’s been my job to give solace to those most directly impacted. I know what it’s like to be the first one on the scene of a violent incident, and I know what it’s like to hug a mother whose child is never going to come home again.
I also know that you’re probably just as tired as I am of the shootings, and just as frustrated as I am by the gridlock and false debates. Most of us, including most gun owners and Republicans, agree that we urgently need universal background checks for gun sales so we can stop the kind of carnage that’s going on all over America.
This week, Vice President Biden is renewing President Obama’s push for gun safety legislation, and if you feel the way I do, help build support immediately