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Wednesday, September 01, 2004

 Census Bureau: poverty up third straight year

As Mr. Bush tries to run on his "achievements" [sic] during the reTHUGlican national convention, keep in mind that the administration's Census Bureau has a disturbing story to tell. The US Census Bureau has released figures on poverty and health coverage that represent a devastating indictment of the Bush administration.

Poverty rose for the third straight year in 2003, with nearly 36 million people, or 12.5 percent of the population, living at or below a subsistence level. These figures vastly underestimate the real poverty rate, since the official poverty level for a family of four, $18,660, is absurdly low. People living at or below this income level are not simply poor, but destitute. For a single parent with two children, the official figure is $14,824, and for a single person under 65 years old, $9,573.

Think we'll see this mentioned on any of the news media? Nope, me neither.


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