Dear Mr. Fantasy

"Deep Poverty Rate Highest on Record" by Center on Budget and Policy Priorities on flickr
"Deep Poverty Rate Highest on Record" by Center on Budget and Policy Priorities on flickr

When the latest Census Bureau poverty stats came out -and notice how few politicians are even mentioning it- all I could think about was this diary I had written about a month ago where I was explaining the how and why/when such calculations are made and how they were NOT reflective of the true poverty rate. Just like the unemployment rate calculation is also bogus.

And such REALLY calls into question the whole deficit drumbeat when you have such a large percentage of the population in supposedly the richest nation on this planet in poverty (which DOES NOT mean one simply doesn’t have the money to upgrade from iPad1 to iPad2).

And today I find that I was even more ‘on the money’ than I thought.

Over 56 Million Americans Live in Poverty – How Census Bureau Propaganda Ignores the Suffering of 10 Million Impoverished Americans

“The Census Bureau poverty rate is a highly flawed measurement that uses outdated methodology. The Census measures poverty based on costs of living metrics established in 1955 — 56 years ago. They ignore many key factors, such as the increased costs of medical care, child care, education, transportation, and many other basic expenses. They also don’t factor geographically-based costs of living. For example, try finding a place to live in New York that costs the same as a place in Florida. A much more accurate measurement of poverty, which factors in these vital cost of living variables, comes from the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Unlike the Census poverty measure, which gets significant coverage throughout the corporate media, the NAS measurement gets little, if any, mainstream media coverage.”

“As a general statistical trend, for every one person the Census counts as being in poverty, using NAS calculations 1.2 people are in poverty. In other words, the trend has been for every 10 people the Census reports as living in poverty, NAS reports there are 12. This would mean that 55.4 million people lived in poverty in 2010.”

“However, with costs of living sharply increasing, the discrepancy between the Census and NAS totals has also been increasing. Over the past two years, for every one additional person the Census counts as falling into poverty, 1.42 people fall into poverty as calculated by NAS methodology. This would mean that 56.5 million people lived in poverty in 2010.”

But show me a politician even mentioning this besides Senator Sanders.

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