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    Census shows 1 in 2 people are poor or low-income

    WASHINGTON (AP) Squeezed by rising living costs, a record number of Americans nearly 1 in 2 have fallen into poverty or are scraping by on earnings that classify them as low income.

    The latest census data depict a middle class that's shrinking as unemployment stays high and the government's safety net frays. The new numbers follow years of stagnating wages for the middle class that have hurt millions of workers and families.

    "Safety net programs such as food stamps and tax credits kept poverty from rising even higher in 2010, but for many low-income families with work-related and medical expenses, they are considered too 'rich' to qualify," said Sheldon Danziger, a University of Michigan public policy professor who specializes in poverty.

    "The reality is that prospects for the poor and the near poor are dismal," he said. "If Congress and the states make further cuts, we can expect the number of poor and low-income families to rise for the next several years."

    Congressional Republicans and Democrats are sparring over legislation that would renew a Social Security payroll tax reduction, part of a year-end political showdown over economic priorities that could also trim unemployment benefits, freeze federal pay and reduce entitlement spending.

    Robert Rector, a senior research fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation, questioned whether some people classified as poor or low-income actually suffer material hardship. He said that while safety-net programs have helped many Americans, they have gone too far. He said some people described as poor live in decent-size homes, drive cars and own wide-screen TVs.
    http://news.yahoo.com/census-shows-1...054325860.html

    To me I find this to be shocking. In my opinion, I would think the right is primarily to blame, for catering to the wealthy.

    As they say, "the rich get richer and the poor get poorer."

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    Re: Census shows 1 in 2 people are poor or low-income

    Quote Originally Posted by Wake View Post
    Census shows 1 in 2 people are poor or low-income - Yahoo! News

    To me I find this to be shocking. In my opinion, I would think the right is primarily to blame, for catering to the wealthy.

    As they say, "the rich get richer and the poor get poorer."
    where is the real wake?

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    These are the same liberals who forgot how Iraq attacked us on 9/11.


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    Re: Census shows 1 in 2 people are poor or low-income

    Quote Originally Posted by liblady View Post
    where is the real wake?
    What do you mean? I saw you were talking about this earlier, and then when I was checking my emails I saw this story and was like, "what the heck, 1 in 2?"

    There is no "real" Wake. People's ideologies change over time.

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    Re: Census shows 1 in 2 people are poor or low-income

    We need to change the definitions until the numbers look better.
    I may be wrong.

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    Re: Census shows 1 in 2 people are poor or low-income

    Quote Originally Posted by Wake View Post
    Census shows 1 in 2 people are poor or low-income - Yahoo! News

    To me I find this to be shocking. In my opinion, I would think the right is primarily to blame, for catering to the wealthy.

    As they say, "the rich get richer and the poor get poorer."
    Squeezed by rising living costs

    Do you realize why costs are rising?

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    Re: Census shows 1 in 2 people are poor or low-income

    Quote Originally Posted by 1Perry View Post
    Squeezed by rising living costs

    Do you realize why costs are rising?
    I don't have the details on every, single factor. I wouldn't mind hearing your version, though.

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    Re: Census shows 1 in 2 people are poor or low-income

    The government working with MSM, which is for all intents and purposes, a branch of the the federal government - and has been so for more than 15 years - has not yet declared the current economic crisis a depression, although it is.

    Off the top of my head people I know who have been out of work for quiet a while now:

    Newspaper reporter
    advertising copywriter
    videographers (4)
    More IT people than I can count
    electrical engineer
    telecommunications (3)
    real estate salesman
    teachers (3)
    headhunter
    hearing aid dispenser
    small business owner (5)

    This is just off the top of my head, people I know personally who cannot find work. I know many more, we all do. The bull**** that the unemployed are lazy shows how far off the make some GOP politicos are. We are in a depression. Obama doesn't have the leadership ability or the man balls get this nation back on its feet. Ron Paul, maybe, I don't know.










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    Re: Census shows 1 in 2 people are poor or low-income

    Quote Originally Posted by Wake View Post
    I don't have the details on every, single factor. I wouldn't mind hearing your version, though.
    Much of it is the government monetary policy.

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    Re: Census shows 1 in 2 people are poor or low-income

    Quote Originally Posted by Risky Thicket View Post
    The bull**** that the unemployed are lazy shows how far off the make some GOP politicos are. We are in a depression. Obama doesn't have the leadership ability or the man balls get this nation back on its feet. Ron Paul, maybe, I don't know.
    The data from the bls support the idea that this is something different than Americans being lazy.

    Pre-2000, when most people found a new job in a matter of weeks and when only 1% or so took longer than a year to find a job, the position that the chronically un-employed were not trying hard enough or were too picky held more merit.

    This is not the only area where the political discourse has failed to keep up with reality, imho.
    I may be wrong.

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    Re: Census shows 1 in 2 people are poor or low-income

    I find this statement kind of galling:

    Robert Rector, a senior research fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation, questioned whether some people classified as poor or low-income actually suffer material hardship. He said that while safety-net programs have helped many Americans, they have gone too far. He said some people described as poor live in decent-size homes, drive cars and own wide-screen TVs.
    Being poor in America, you have little security. Having a car, a roof and a TV (as if they're rare or expensive) is hardly representative of your ability to afford health insurance or provide for yourself or your family in old age. We live in a consumer society filled with cheap electronics. The working poor have ample access to Wiis, as they are affordable. Health insurance, however ...

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