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US President Barack Obama says America is witnessing its worst economic downturn since the Great Depression of the 1930s, and blamed political wrangling for the worsening of the crisis.

“There is no doubt that we have gone through an extraordinary period in world history. We had the worst recession since the 1930s here in the United States,” Obama said in an interview with the Russian news agency ITAR-TASS on Tuesday.

In 1930s, the Great Depression crippled the US with a decade-long unemployment, poverty, low profits, deflation and myriads of lost opportunities for economic progress.

The incumbent US president attributed the current economic downturn in the United States partly to the sluggish global economy.

“The economy worldwide is still weak. And so that has added to the burdens of the office,” he noted.

According to the US Labor Department, the number of jobless people in the country hit 14,100,000 in June, showing an unemployment rate of 9.2 percent.

Obama also warned that the existing conflicts between Democrats and Republicans continue to aggravate the problems for the US economy.

“What’s happened is that right now we have divided government. I came in 2008 and I had a Democratic Congress, and although that was challenging, obviously we were all moving in the same direction,” he went on to say.

“In 2010, Republicans won control of the House of Representatives … that means that there are going to be conflicts and arguments and disputes,” the president added.

On Tuesday, Obama voted in favor of a controversial bipartisan plan to raise the debt ceiling of the United States in exchange for spending cuts, just hours before the first ever default in US history.

According to the new bill, the debt ceiling will be raised by $2.4 trillion, to reach a total of $16.7 trillion. The bill also includes a $2.1 trillion in spending cuts over the next decade.

The cuts could affect such entitlement programs of the country as Medicare, Social Security, and defense program.


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3 Responses to " Obama: US recession worst since 30s "

  1. Baron Gifilte says:

    It would be funny if it were not so ridiculous,get rid of the unconstitutional federal reserve,you know, an act enshrined in law grafting a relgious head on a secular nation.

    Enabling Jews to practice their religion with a law in their favour.

    I mean how stupid to still be pressing on with the demolition of the country even after the crooks who started it are all dead and gone.

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  2. Good Ol' Rebel says:

    Yeah,the Boll weevil harvest wiil be a good one this year.

    For years we struggled to do good for ourselves but this new way of rack ’em and ruin ’em certainly offers more ope for the future.

    I never liked these fancy rubber shoes anyhow,the feel of hog shit between the toes can only be good for America.

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  3. Anonymous says:

    There is a simple solution.

    Minimize inflation.
    Minimize purchases/imports.
    Do more jobs that benefit the economy – not game designing, haircutting – do things such as agriculture/farming, processing materials, research technology more etc.
    And reduce minimal payment if there is any, as UK has a minimum wage policy. It should be reduced by a lot to increase employment.

    And also have many more quality inspectors to check for corruption.

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