|The housing bust didn't just sink the world economy. It sunk the suburbs too.
Now, you probably think of white picket fences, big backyards, and perhaps a whiff of existential despair when you think about the suburbs. But you should think of economic despair instead. As Elizabeth Kneebone of the Brookings Institution points out, suburbanites made up almost 50 percent of food stamp recipients back in 2007—and 55 percent in 2011.
This is actually worse than it sounds. Their share of food stamps use only went up 5 percentage points, but suburban households' total food stamp use doubled between 2007 and 2011. By comparison, total food stamp use went up by 69 percent for city households.
Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2005—Let me get this straight:
|Just in case you missed the amazing performance of the Republican leadership yesterday...
President George W. Bush said, "I don't think anyone anticipated the breach of the levees." Well, no one except the entire world and even Mr. Bill.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice went shoe shopping on Fifth Avenue, but not before she played tennis and yukked it up at Spamalot.
The Viceroy in charge of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff said "We're much better prepared than we've ever been." I'm not sure if that was before or after he reminded us that September is National Preparedness Month, so be sure to stock up on duct tape.
The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Michael D. Brown leapt into action, mustering all the emergency disaster management skills he learned as a lawyer for the International Arabian Horse Association Legal Department (from which he was fired). His money quote: "Paula, the federal government did not even know about the Convention Center people until today."
The Speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert said, eh, maybe we should just forget all about rebuilding New Orleans. Because it might cost money and stuff.
The Kagro in the Morning show was off today, not laboring, in honor of Labor Day. But we reached back into the archives and brought you some of our coverage from the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC. Remember that? If so, you'll enjoy reliving it with us. If not, you'll enjoy... uh... living it with us a year later. Greg Dworkin rounds up the news. Armando adds his commentary. Also joining the show: cskendrick, RachelLive, Dante & David (thereisnospoon) Atkins