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AP: Rural Homeless Jump Not Obama’s Fault

From the White House’s steno pool at the Associated Press:

HUD: Rural Americans increasingly turn to shelters

By Kimberly Hefling, Associated Press Tue Jun 14, 2011

WASHINGTON – As the recession gripped America, thousands more people in rural and suburban areas turned to homeless shelters for help.

The number of people using shelters or transitional housing in suburban and rural areas increased 57 percent from 2007 to 2010, with more than 500,000 people from smaller communities seeking help in 2010, according to a report by the Housing and Urban Development Department. During the same time there was a decrease in the use of shelters in urban areas.

HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan said Tuesday in a conference call with reporters that about 40 percent of those who served in the armed forces come from rural areas and homelessness among Iraq and Afghanistan veterans could be a contributing factor. He said the agency is stepping up efforts to combat homelessness near some military bases, and that legislation signed in 2009 by President Barack Obama contained a component that opens the door for more programs targeting homelessness in rural areas.

This is an Obama administration press release, which the AP is dutifully reported as news

It is artfully crafted to excuse Mr. Obama from all blame. And it points out how even Republicans – suburban and rural families and the military — are being hurt by Bush’s recession.

But don’t worry, Mr. Obama is doing all he can to address the problem. (Though his 2009 legislation does not seem to have helped the military.)

Families represent a much larger share of the total sheltered population than ever before, the report said. A majority of the homeless families consist of a single mother with young children

The report said research has shown that families are more likely to become homeless for economic reasons while individuals are more likely to become homeless because of substance abuse and mental illness.

In other words, the Bush recession drove families out of their homes and into living on the streets.

Sorry, but we have always been a little skeptical about ‘homeless families.’ Families are too often defined by the federal government as ‘homeless’ when they are only stuck in public subsidized housing that isn’t as nice as they would like.

[T]he number of homeless individuals overall in the United States held steady between 2009 and 2010, the report said.

You see? Mr. Obama isn’t to blame. (And statistic this is very believable, too.)

The worse recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s began in December 2007 and ended in 2009, although unemployment remains at painfully high levels.

Once again the AP thoughtfully repeats the lie about both the start and end dates for the recession. But they do so in order subtly shift more of the blame onto President Bush and off of Mr. Obama.

Of course they aren’t fooling anyone but the truly stupid and the rest of the Democrat faithful. But it’s their job to try.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, June 15th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “AP: Rural Homeless Jump Not Obama’s Fault”

  1. Right of the People says:

    There are lies then there are damned lies and this is one hell of a big damned lie.

  2. Warren says:

    NOTHING is ever Obama’s fault!

  3. tranquil.night says:

    WtF 2012: We fixed everything except what Bush broke and we promised to fix. 4 more years and we’ll fix it.

    • beautyofreason says:

      I can’t wait to see Obama’s new campaign slogan. He ran on change last time, what will it be this time?

      I can see it now:

      “Keep the change.”

      What a track record: 9.8% unemployment, 18.6% underemployed (Gallup) , $3.69 / gallon gas average (fuel gauge report), 60% of Americans believe the country is on the wrong track (Rasmussen).

  4. Liberals Demise says:

    ‘with more than 500,000 people from smaller communities seeking help in 2010, according to a report by the Housing and Urban Development Department.’
    This is the most telling part of this item. 2010 huh? Yup……it is all Bushs’ fault.

  5. Mithrandir says:

    It all boils down to this for the Democrats: Are the rural homeless, Democrat supporters, or not?

    That’s what the regime is all about, “Rewarding your friends and punishing your enemies.” –remember?


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