Latest PJ Media Column (‘Is the Obama Administration Politically Manipulating the Poverty Data?’) Is Up
It will go up here at BizzyBlog on Thursday (link won’t work until then) after the blackout expires.
The column shows how the Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM), new yardstick for determining how many Americans are living in poverty and how many are “low income.” It’s the same one reported by the Associated Press earlier in the month as telling readers that 1 in 2 Americans is either poor or low income (the methodology used by the Census Bureau for the past half-century shows that it’s 1 in 3). SPM has the potential to be used to help Barack Obama get reelected, and to make ObamaCare artificially look like a success in its early years; the column demonstrates how.
Mickey Kaus at the Daily Caller commented on the same subject matter yesterday (link in original):
More “New Poverty” Abuse
… What the AP actually discovered was that by changing the poverty line to this new more expansive measure–a measure, in part, of income inequality and not absolute poverty–the Census Bureau can now bring 146 million people–almost half the U.S. population–under 200% of the (new) poverty line (versus a mere 104 million using the traditional poverty line).
Besides the political manipulations described in my column there, there is also the potential for SPM to become the basis for determining eligibility for certain (or eventually all?) for federal welfare, entitlement, higher education, and other benefits, thereby further increasing dependency. Such a move might be doable by bureaucratic or presidential fiat without the messiness involved in, y’know, passing real legislation.