Is Poverty Worse Than We Realize?

Full story: The Daily Beast

Dylan Matthews analyzes what the "supplemental poverty measure" - a new Census bureau metric that, unlike the "official" poverty rate, accounts for welfare programs - reveals about how poverty affects different demographic groups: Overall, [the SPM is] higher than the official measure, at 16.1 percent, but for some groups, such as children under 18 ... (more)
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New London, CT

#1 Nov 15, 2012
Yep, the whole darn country is going broke!!

Albuquerque, NM

#2 Nov 15, 2012
the fed govt. spent 60,000.00 in poverty programs per family in poverty last year.
I work a standard of 2080 hours a year and make far far less than that just over 35k for a family with 3 kids and don't qualify for any freebies. Poverty is an uneven measure, if a family receives 60k a year in tax free benefits and subsidiues such as medical, housing, food etc. that raises them high above any poverty threshold in todays measure. o saying that poverty is rampant is an out and out lie with that kind of money expended. The new poverty is the family that consumes no entitlements or subsidies and having taxes out of their paycheck every month.

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