This past week survey results were released by the Gallup Poll from its Well-Being Index. The Gallup organization is not a liberal or conservative organization; therefore, this lends more credibility to their survey. It is very revealing.
According to the survey, “the well-being of Americans hasn’t improved in the last six years.” As a matter of fact, it declined in 2013. This refutes the claims of Obama, Democrats and liberals that people are better off today.
The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index was based on interviews with more than 176,000 people from all 50 states last year. Gallup measured access to “basic needs, healthy behavior, work environment, physical health, life evaluation and optimism, and emotional health.” Dan Witters, research director of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, wrote that “a strong economy and a healthy, educated workforce can improve well-being.” Conversely, a low well-being rating typically reflected “very low median household incomes.” Witters reported that having “a stable income is important because it enables people to access basic needs such as healthy food, clean water, medicine and health care.”
Since Obama took office, the median income has decreased. Estimates for the decrease vary from $2,500 to $4,000 a year. Fueling additional woes are the record number of people who are now recipients of food stamp assistance along with the continuous high unemployment rate. Higher well-being rates were in states that had low unemployment rates such as North and South Dakota were the oil industry has created a myriad of jobs.
“For the most part, well-being goes up with income,” according to Witters. As income rises, other factors tend to improve also like emotional and physical health.
The survey parallels the state of the US economy. We are in the longest recovery from a recession in American history with high unemployment rates, a stagnant economy, more government control of the economy, historic debts, decline of the middle class, a growing gap between the rich and the poor, decline of household incomes, vast numbers of people on food stamps, etc. All of these factors are mirrored in the Well-Being Index.
Even the push for a national minimum wage to raise the well-being of the poor is a false hope. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) issued a report that said only 19% of the poor will benefit from the increase. The major of the people who will be impacted by an increase in the minimum wage are teens who work part-time jobs. They live with their parents and don’t have the financial burdens that adults have.
Rather than improve the quality of American life, Obama and the Democrats have sent it into a death spiral. They have done it by spending billions on projects that were failures. Yet in his recent budget, Obama doesn’t feel there is enough spending. The more Obama and the Democrats spend, the more the well-being of Americans declines. Many American go about their daily lives ignorant of the tragedy that is undermining their future.
When will people wake up and realize they are being sold a false promise that big government is the solution to our nation’s problems?