[FoRK] It's all in the timing...

Owen Byrne owen at permafrost.net
Thu Aug 26 19:43:15 PDT 2004


Jeff Bone wrote:

>     
> Census Bureau releases the bad news a month early, presumably to move  
> the heat as far away from the (s)election as possible...  but how 
> will  the forces of evil spin / disguise the forthcoming news at the 
> end of  next month that yes, indeed, we're in another recession?
>
>
> -- 
>
Children don't vote, blacks don't vote Republican. Poor people are more 
likely to be motivated by fear. Its all part of the plan, man. Lets get 
back to those evil 527s - the Democratic ones of course.
Owen


>
>     http://money.cnn.com/2004/08/26/news/economy/poverty_survey/index.htm? 
> cnn=yes
>
> Survey: More Americans in poverty
> Census Bureau report says 1.3 million slipped below benchmark; health  
> care coverage also declines.
> August 26, 2004: 11:04 AM EDT
>
> WASHINGTON (CNN) - The number of Americans living in poverty jumped 
> by  1.3 million last year as household incomes held steady, the 
> Census  Bureau said Wednesday.
>
> The percentage of the U.S. population living in poverty rose to 12.5  
> percent from 12.1 percent -- as the poverty rate among children 
> jumped  to its highest level in 10 years. The rate for adults 18-to-64 
> and 65  and older remained steady.
>
> The bureau also said that the share of aggregate income for the 
> lowest  20 percent of Americans fell to 3.4 percent from 3.5 percent.
>
> The report indicated that children and blacks were worse off than 
> most,  Reuters reported, noting the report would almost certainly 
> fuel  Democratic criticism of President Bush.
>
> The number of poor rose to 35.9 million, up 1.3 million from 2002.
>
> Health care coverage also dropped last year and incomes were  
> essentially stagnant, the Census Bureau said in its annual poverty  
> report, seen by some as the most important score card on the nation's  
> economy and Bush's first term in office.
>
> The number of uninsured people rose to 45 million from 43.6 million 
> in  2002, the bureau said.
>
> According to the data, more people were covered by Medicare and  
> Medicaid in 2003 than in 2002, while the percentage and number of  
> people covered by their employers fell from 61.3 percent -- 175.3  
> million people -- to 60.4 percent -- 174 million people.
>
> Medicaid, the federal health insurance program for the poor, saw an  
> increase in people covered to 35.6 million from 33.2 million while  
> those covered by Medicare, the federal health program for the 
> elderly,  rose to 39.5 million from 38.4 million people.  Top of page
>
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