Sure, Obama inherited an enormous mess from George W. who whistled "Dixie" while the banking system imploded, but now its time for Democrats to admit that their guy bears a considerable responsibility for not turning things around. He blindly followed President Bush's would-be remedy of throwing money at the banks, and getting nothing in return for beleaguered home -owners. Sadly, Obama has proved to be nothing more than a Bill Clinton clone triangulating with the Wall Street lobbyists at the expense of ordinary folks. That fatal arc of betrayal was captured by a headline in Tuesday's New York Times: Soaring Poverty Casts Spotlight on 'Lost Decade'. The Census Bureau reported that there are now 46.2 million Americans living below the official poverty line - the highest number in the 52 years since that statistic was first measured - and median household income has fallen back to the 1996 level. As Harvard economist Lawrence Katz summarized this dreary news: "This is truly a lost decade. We think of America as a place where every generation is doing better, but we're looking at a period when the the median family is in worse shape than it was in the late 1990's."