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    Poverty Rate Rises in America

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    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Amid a still struggling economy, more people in America fell below the poverty line last year, according to new census data released Tuesday.

    The nation's poverty rate rose to 15.1% in 2010, its highest level since 1993. In 2009, 14.3% of people in America were living in poverty.

    "The results are not surprising given the economy," said Paul Osterman, a labor economist at MIT. "You would expect with so many people unemployed, the poverty rate would go up. It's just another sign of what a difficult time this is for so many people."

    About 46.2 million people are now considered in poverty, 2.6 million more than last year.

    The government defines the poverty line as income of $22,314 a year for a family of four and $11,139 for an individual. The Office of Management and Budget updates the poverty line each year to account for inflation.
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    Middle-class wealth falls: For middle-class families, income fell in 2010. The median household income was $49,445, down slightly from $49,777 the year before.

    Median income has changed very little over the last 30 years. Adjusted for inflation, the middle-income family only earned 11% more in 2010 than they did in 1980, while the richest 5% in America saw their incomes surge 42%.

    "Over that period of time, it's not that the American economy has necessarily performed badly," Osterman said. "As a country we're richer over that period, but there's been this real shift in where the income has gone, and it's to the top."

    Amplifying that trend, the bottom 60% of households saw their income fall last year, while households making $100,000 or more enjoyed a rise in income.
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    More children in poverty: The poverty rate for children under age 18 increased to 22% in 2010, meaning more than 1 in 5 children in America are living in poverty.

    Meanwhile, the poverty rate for adults ages 18 to 64 rose to 13.7%.

    For people 65 and older, the poverty rate was barely changed at 9%.

    Following the recession, fewer young adults are moving out of their parents' homes. Last year, 5.9 million young adults age 25 to 34 still lived with their folks, compared with 4.7 million before the recession.

    Race and gender factors: By race, the poverty rate was lowest for non-Hispanic whites at 9.9%.

    Blacks had the highest rate at 27.4%, followed by people of Hispanic origin at 26.6%. Asians had a poverty rate of 12.1%.

    About 14% of men were below the poverty line, compared to 16.2% of women.

    Families headed by a married couple had only a 6.2% poverty rate, whereas families with a single mother had a 31.6% rate, and families with a single father had a 15.8% rate.

    South hit the hardest: For the fifth year in a row, Mississippi households were the poorest in the country, this time with a median income of $37,985. New Hampshire households had the highest median income, at $66,707.

    Among different regions of the country, the South had the highest poverty rate at 16.9%, while the Northeast had the lowest rate at 12.8%.

    The poverty rate was 13.9% in the Midwest and 15.3% in the West.

    The income used to calculate poverty status includes earnings, workman's compensation, unemployment insurance, Social Security, veteran's payments, pensions, interest and dividends, and just about every other source of cash.

    It does not, however, include capital gains, so, theoretically, millionaires could qualify as poor if they lived solely by selling off investments.

    Non-cash benefits, such as food stamps or subsidized rents, also do not count as income.
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    More people are uninsured: The census report also contained data on health insurance, showing people lacking medical benefits climbed to 49.9 million last year, up from 49 million in 2009.

    Overall, about 16.3% of people in America were uninsured in 2010, statistically unchanged from 2009.





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    Like George Carlin said " the poor are there to scare the shit out of the middle class and keep them showing up to their jobs"

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    the increasing poverty rate is on top of the 20% of the labor force that is underemployed. this is the sum of 40 years of neo-liberal economic policy that is weighed far to heavily on capital and investment while labor/human capital has been kicked to the curb.
    William F. Buckley describes a conservative as, "someone who stands athwart history, yelling Stop." - and then proceeds to drag civilization back to times best left in history's dungheap.

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    Hey LAM is Obama part of this neo-liberal economic policy based on his actions not his rhetoric?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExLe View Post
    Hey LAM is Obama part of this neo-liberal economic policy based on his actions not his rhetoric?
    Obama is a progressive...

    the main function of the POTUS is to insure that the fed gov functions in accordance with the US constitution. the primary function of the House is to write legislation/policy.

    with the low amount of economic knowledge by the average citizen in the US and the continuing education of them via televised media outlets this trend will continue until the US has an equivalent economy of Mexico. our debt already rivals that of Greece.
    William F. Buckley describes a conservative as, "someone who stands athwart history, yelling Stop." - and then proceeds to drag civilization back to times best left in history's dungheap.

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    Well it looks like the televised media outlets and Obama has you fooled into thinking he is a progressive. "The Jokes on you"

    He is a fauxgressive "fake progressive" and supports the same politics you always speak against.

    Read this article, good read about this
    Is Obama a Fauxgressive – a Fake Progressive, or Simply a Non-Progressive? « Death By Trolley

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExLe View Post
    Well it looks like the televised media outlets and Obama has you fooled into thinking he is a progressive. "The Jokes on you"

    He is a fauxgressive "fake progressive" and supports the same politics you always speak against.

    Read this article, good read about this
    Is Obama a Fauxgressive – a Fake Progressive, or Simply a Non-Progressive? « Death By Trolley
    kind of hard to get anything done for the people when you walk into office with a 9-10T dollar debt laying there...kid of limits your ability to do anything. and with all that helpful legislation out of the House..well
    William F. Buckley describes a conservative as, "someone who stands athwart history, yelling Stop." - and then proceeds to drag civilization back to times best left in history's dungheap.

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    He had the House and the Senate for 2 years. Could have passed and done anything his progressive heart dreamed of. And after he half assed it he lost the house and almost the Senate. 2 more House seats just went Republican.

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    A study released Tuesday by the United States Census Bureau shows that Americans below poverty line is highest number since records began. The findings suggests that more and more Americans are giving up their battle to stay afloat in an economic climate that refuses to recuperate. The number of Americans residing beneath the poverty line has increased to its highest number since the bureau started keeping such reports in 1959.

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    Quote Originally Posted by monicaW View Post
    A study released Tuesday by the United States Census Bureau shows that Americans below poverty line is highest number since records began. The findings suggests that more and more Americans are giving up their battle to stay afloat in an economic climate that refuses to recuperate. The number of Americans residing beneath the poverty line has increased to its highest number since the bureau started keeping such reports in 1959.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Geared God View Post
    Its all bush's fault
    take a look at the fall of the share of the national income that goes to labor from 2001 to 2009. that is the result of economic policy...since 1980 every downward trend in labors share occurs during a republican presidency.

    Nonfarm Business Sector: Labor Share
    Nonfarm Business Sector: Labor Share (PRS85006173) - FRED - St. Louis Fed
    William F. Buckley describes a conservative as, "someone who stands athwart history, yelling Stop." - and then proceeds to drag civilization back to times best left in history's dungheap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LAM View Post
    take a look at the fall of the share of the national income that goes to labor from 2001 to 2009. that is the result of economic policy...since 1980 every downward trend in labors share occurs during a republican presidency.

    Nonfarm Business Sector: Labor Share
    Nonfarm Business Sector: Labor Share (PRS85006173) - FRED - St. Louis Fed

    looks like it has dropped the most under Obama.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExLe View Post
    looks like it has dropped the most under Obama.
    Yeah, but it's never his fault. Ever.

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