In the last week or so, two public reports have cataloged the growing insecurity of Americans.

Last week, CDC reported that the number of people without health insurance topped 59 million in the first quarter of this year (up 400,000 from last year and 2.7 million from 2008).

And today, USDA reported that 50.2 million were food insecure in 2009 (up 900,000 from the previous year, though it does say the increase may have been due to statistical sampling).

A sixth of this country doesn’t have the bare necessities. A tenth of this country don’t have jobs.

Is it any wonder that Dems lost two weeks ago?



Marcy Wheeler aka Emptywheel is an American journalist whose reporting specializes in security and civil liberties.