The number of Americans living in poverty rose by 1.3 million last year, to 35.9 million, while those without health insurance climbed by 1.4 million, to 45 million, the Census Bureau reported today.
It was the third straight annual increase for both categories.
As I did last year, I thought of David Brin’s prescient letter to Slashdot from 2000. This is the natural result of the Bush administration’s tax policy, and it’s getting harder to believe it isn’t intentional. (I’m recalling that footage from Fahrenheit 9/11—”Some people call you ‘the elite.’ I call you ‘my base.'”)
But why worry about these issues, when we can be discussing whether John Kerry really deserved that Purple Heart?