The number of people in the U.S. who are in poverty is on track for a record increase on President Barack Obama's watch, with the ranks of working-age poor approaching 1960s levels that led to the national war on poverty.
It's unfortunate timing for Obama and his party just seven weeks before important elections when control of Congress is at stake. The anticipated poverty rate increase — from 13.2 percent to about 15 percent — would be another blow to Democrats struggling to persuade voters to keep them in power.
Republicans, on a drive to gain control of the House and possibly the Senate, will use this as one more argument to make against Democrats going into the November elections.
The GOP says voters should fire Democrats because Obama's economic fixes are hindering the sluggish economic recovery.
Right or wrong, Republicans could cite a higher poverty rate as evidence.
Continuing to blame Bush will probably not convince voters in November.