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AP: There Are 3M More US Poor Than Official Rate

From a tear soaked Associated Press:

Nation’s poor at 49.7M, higher than official rate

By HOPE YEN | November 6, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of poor people in America is 3 million higher than the official count, encompassing 1 in 6 residents due to out-of-pocket medical costs and work-related expenses, according to a revised census measure released Wednesday.

The AP is just trying to keep food stamps and other welfare benefits from being cut. They are trying to continue the ‘temporary’ increase in food stamp spending’ that was Obama included in the stimulus. That was only supposed to last through the recession, which ended in June 2009.

So the AP is here to tell us the recession never ended. In fact, it will never end. At least, when it comes to extending welfare benefits. Even if they have to find a new way of measuring poverty.

The new measure is aimed at providing a fuller picture of poverty but does not replace the official government numbers. Put in place two years ago by the Obama administration, it generally is considered more reliable by social scientists because it factors in living expenses as well as the effects of government aid, such as food stamps and tax credits.

Administration officials have declined to say whether the new measure eventually could replace the official poverty formula, which is used to allocate federal dollars to states and localities and to determine eligibility for safety-net programs such as Medicaid.

Don’t worry, if it makes it easier to extend and expand welfare, the new measure will be adopted.

Congress would have to agree to adopt the new measure, which generally would result in a higher poverty rate from year to year and thus higher government payouts for aid programs.

Based on the revised formula, the number of poor people in 2012 was 49.7 million, or 16 percent. That exceeds the record 46.5 million, or 15 percent, that was officially reported in September….

Economists long have criticized the official poverty rate as inadequate. Based on a half-century-old government formula, the official rate continues to assume the average family spends one-third of its income on food. Those costs have declined to a much smaller share, more like one-seventh.

In reaction to some of the criticism, the Obama administration in 2010 asked the Census Bureau to develop a new poverty measure, based partly on recommendations made by the National Academy of Sciences. The goal is to help lawmakers better gauge the effectiveness of anti-poverty programs…

Right. If that were the case, all of the current plans would be declared to be total failures.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, November 7th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “AP: There Are 3M More US Poor Than Official Rate”

  1. bousquem25

    When in doubt, just create a new measuring stick to give you the result you want. I’m sure the new way to calculate the poverty level will have plenty of grey areas for the dems to blow the numbers up when it suits them and then turn around and say how their policies are helping decreasing the number of poor. That way they can bash their opponents and scream for even more money to be redistributed from taxpayers to their pet projects and vote buying entitlement schemes.




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