Shameful Poverty Statistics

07 Nov


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.

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Posted by on November 7, 2011 in Economy


One response to “Shameful Poverty Statistics

  1. h2dog

    November 7, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    And like any stat, those numbers are a little deceiving. Because the people that happen to fall just on the other side of those numbers sure as hell aren’t ‘OK’. So, as far as I’m concerned, you can up that count substantially and be closer to the truth.
    Like there’s approximately 50 million medically uninsured. Well,… underinsured is a pretty large segment also. A lot of people paying big premiums and copays for lousy care. And being denied care for a myriad of reasons.


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