Unemployment – an issue at the forefront of a mid-term election campaign which has seen towns like Bensalem in Pennsylvania doubting if those in government can help them.
With a population of just over 53,000, Bensalem, which is about a three hour drive from Washington DC, has been steadily leaching jobs over the last year.
The home of big industry, Pennsylvania is seen as a swing state.
That means voters here could help, or hinder, the Democrats when it comes to keeping their majority in Congress
Some unemployed people want to spread their message. They are telling out-of-work Americans to get out and vote in the mid-terms on 2nd November.
All jobseekers themselves, the prospects of them finding work in a post financial crisis world are bleak.
The real fear is that regardless of who wins in these elections, life will never be the same.
For them, the American dream is now a nightmare.
Obama’s popularity has suffered due to discontent over the sluggish economy. But he wants voters to remember that the economic crisis began under his Republican predecessor.
“This recession started long before I took office. We lost four million jobs in the six months before I was sworn in; 750,000 the month I was sworn in; 600,000 the month after that; 600,000 the month after that. We lost almost eight million jobs – most of them lost before any of our economic policies were put into place” he told a rally.
Whoever comes out ahead in the mid-term elections it will not change a 9.6 percent unemployment rate and a 1.3 trillion dollar US budget deficit.