21 October 2008

Poverty Up? It's Illegal Immigration, stupid

Washington Post publishes a great story on what's impacting the up tick of poverty. This contradicts what Barack Hussein Obama has been saying for the last 24 months. Poverty isn't an issue of "not having a level playing field" or some lack of government intervention - it's a factor of illegal immigration.

The government last week released its annual statistical report on poverty and household income. As usual, we -- meaning the public, the media and politicians -- missed a big part of the story. It is this: The stubborn persistence of poverty, at least as measured by the government, is increasingly a problem associated with immigration. As more poor Hispanics enter the country, poverty goes up. This is not complicated, but it is widely ignored.

The standard story is that poverty is stuck; superficially, the statistics support that. The poverty rate measures the share of Americans below the official poverty line, which in 2006 was $20,614 for a four-person household. Last year, the poverty rate was 12.3 percent, down slightly from 12.6 percent in 2005 but higher than the recent low, 11.3 percent in 2000. It was also higher than the 11.8 percent average for the 1970s. So the conventional wisdom seems amply corroborated.

It isn't. Look again at the numbers. In 2006, there were 36.5 million people in poverty. That's the figure that translates into the 12.3 percent poverty rate. In 1990, the population was smaller, and there were 33.6 million people in poverty, a rate of 13.5 percent. The increase from 1990 to 2006 was 2.9 million people (36.5 million minus 33.6 million). Hispanics accounted for all of the gain.

Consider: From 1990 to 2006, the number of poor Hispanics increased 3.2 million, from 6 million to 9.2 million. Meanwhile, the number of non-Hispanic whites in poverty fell from 16.6 million (poverty rate: 8.8 percent) in 1990 to 16 million (8.2 percent) in 2006. Among blacks, there was a decline from 9.8 million in 1990 (poverty rate: 31.9 percent) to 9 million (24.3 percent) in 2006. White and black poverty has risen somewhat since 2000 but is down over longer periods.

Only an act of willful denial can separate immigration and poverty

Biden and Obama aren't intelligent enough to even figure out the obvious. The answer to reducing poverty isn't to be found in growing socialist redistribution programs - the answer is to reduce illegal immigration.



Anonymous said...

I just laugh when I saw on the news all those ghetto savages in line for the free federal flood money.

Anonymous said...

if you think its bad now wait till IF the annoited one gets in, it will be free lunch and ssi for all crack heads white shit bums alkies and all general lay abouts, often wondered why the Polish Irish AND mEXICAN GUYS FIND SUCESS HERE IN THE TRADES, its because they are hard workers

Anonymous said...

the election isnt over yet !! GO MCCAIN

Anonymous said...

id sell my vote for a hugr dish of butter pecan ice cream i sure would