WASHINGTON — A record number of Americans – 49.1 million – are poor, based on a new census measure that for the first time takes into account rising medical costs and other expenses.
The poverty line is defined under the official measure as $11,139 for an individual, or $22,314 for a family of four.
Assuming only payroll taxes are taken out, that comes to less than $850 per month for an individual and $1,710 per month for a family of 4. How can one possibly assail these people about paying their ‘fair share’. I have a hard time fathoming keeping a roof over my head and reasonably fed at $850 a month even here in Albuquerque.