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BUSH = MORE POVERTY, LESS HEALTH CARE

Poverty rises in United States. Oh that liberal U.S. Census Bureau! What do they know, with all their... their "facts" and "statistics." Well, here's what they know:

  • 1.3 million Americans slid into poverty in 2003, a 4 percent rise to 35.9 million
  • Children and blacks hit hardest; one third of those in poverty are children
  • U.S. residents without health care coverage also rose by 1.4 million last year to 45 million, the highest level since 1999
  • Incomes essentially stagnant
  • Bush a "lying jerk and a failure" (Okay, they didn't say that, but it's obvious.)

    See also: Bush's message on the economy takes beating
    "President Bush’s election-year message that the economy is strong and 'getting stronger' is being shaken by a three-pronged assault of weak employment growth, higher oil prices and a slumping stock market."

    August 26, 2004 at 02:45 PM in Current Affairs | Permalink

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    any clue on why they released these dire statistics a month early? I notice that Census Bureau director Louis Kincannon is a Bush appointee and fellow Texan. He claims that the reason they released the stats early was to coincide with some other poverty report (where?) , and then the press briefing openly states that there are some poverty figures that aren't ready yet: "Individuals also derive economic well-being from noncash benefits such as food stamps and employer contributions to health insurance, and have reductions in disposable income from taxes. The Census Bureau computes a number of alternative measures of income and poverty that attempt to account for those factors, but we were unable to prepare those alternative estimates for today’s release. We plan to make them available later this year, along with an update to last year’s report, Supplemental Measures of Material Well-Being."

    Posted by: desrosiers at Aug 27, 2004 8:12:09 AM