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Report: America Even Better At Making Its People Poor Than It Thought

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While America nervously fidgets with excitement waiting to hear all the disgusting sexytime harassment details from anew Herman Cain accuser (the press conference hasn't happened yet, but we promise, uh, it will be gross?), let's scan some of the crappy "other news" clogging up the Internet and see... oh,  hm, what have we here? "The ranks of America's poor are greater than previously known, reaching a new level of 49.1 million," says a new revised census report. UGH, QUICK, BACK TO THE HERMAN CAIN TAB.


The U.S. Census Bureau nerds got their new number, up by nearly 3 million from September's official report, by revising their crappy old formula to finally include things like, UH, "health care costs" and "transportation." And just like that, millions more poor filthy hobos appear! IT'S MAGICK.

Broken down by groups, Americans 65 or older sustained the largest increases in poverty under the revised poverty formula -- nearly doubling to 15.9 percent, or 1 in 6 -- because of medical expenses that are not accounted for in the official rate. Those include rising Medicare premiums, deductibles and expenses for prescription drugs.

Working-age adults ages 18-64 also saw increases in poverty -- from 13.7 percent to 15.2 percent -- due mostly to commuting and child care costs.

This new number also now includes ameliorating factors like government non-cash aid like food stamps and housing assistance, without which the total would be even monstrously more enormous! Hooray, for capitalism! [RadarOnline/AP]

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Fellow Wonkers, this last week of horror has been wearing on us all, because here we are in a world where the "president" of the United States has ordered that migrant children be taken away from their parents at the border, and is simultaneously proud of it (for his base) and cravenly blaming it on Democrats because even he knows it's morally reprehensible. But what the hell can we do about it, we are all keening, beyond calling our senators and representatives and posting sadness on Twitter, the latter of which is of dubious utility to anyone, and mostly depressing?

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There are perks to being the only Harvard professor willing to shill for the Bush League Mussolini. Everyone else has to haul ass to the Fox studio and sit for hair and makeup. Not Alan Dershowitz! He just parks his laptop in Pee Wee's playhouse and Skypes in that rant. Is he even wearing pants? We hope never to find out!

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