On September 21, 2012…75 days ago, Elizabeth Emken challenged Dianne Feinstein to debate.
Let’s look at an opportunity for California’s U.S. Senate candidates to have an open public discussion on the issues affecting our state and our nation:
Feinstein appears to be using the old “Prevent Defense” in football while she attempts to run out the clock.
Of course the 79year-old senator is practicing her duck and cover drills her record is abysmal and can’t be debated. With 57-days until the November election Feinstein is a tired relic and it’s time she be retired.
Incomes Fell or Stagnated in Most States Last Year
The Wall Street Journal reports that the income of the typical U.S. family fell or was flat in almost every state last year, with the drop particularly steep in places where the economy has been hit hard by the housing bust. Especially troubling was the news from California, where the poverty rate has risen to almost 17%:
The median annual household income—the point on the income scale at which half earn more and half earn less—fell in 18 states in 2011 from a year earlier after adjusting for inflation, according to a Census Bureau report to be released Thursday.
The sharpest drop occurred in Nevada, where median income fell by 6%. The median fell by 3.8% in California and by 2.9% in Arizona and Florida. Those four states are among those that have seen the biggest falls in home values and housing construction since the financial crisis, and where Americans are still struggling with the resulting heavy debt and high unemployment.
Last week’s report focused on the national picture of income and poverty, while Thursday’s data provide detail on the health of the recovery at the state and local level. It shows that despite 2011’s marking the second full year of the recovery, poverty continued to rise in many regions. An estimated 335,760 people fell into poverty in California alone last year, pushing up the state’s poverty rate to 16.6%. Poverty is defined as an annual income of $23,021 or lower for a family of four.
California’s middle class is shrinking to an all-time low while our poverty level is rising to an all-time high, and Dianne Feinstein sits in her Washington mansion quietly waiting to put her rubber stamp on job-destroying new tax hikes and devastating defense cuts that will make things even worse, If there was ever a time that California voters needed answers, it’s now. Every campaign debate is really a job interview, and while Elizabeth Emken is ready to step up and prove she’s ready for the job, Dianne Feinstein is just hoping the boss doesn’t care if she hangs around.“