Monday, October 03, 2005

O'Reilly - Poverty Under Clinton/Bush

Found this from "Talking Points", a daily "memo" by Bill O'Reilly, aimed at ignorant masses, by (which, I admit, is my homepage):

"And the poverty rate stood at 13.7 percent halfway through Clinton's tenure. It is 12.7 percent halfway through Bush's two terms."

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While O'Reilly is technically right he has to know that he's misleading his viewers by publishing these selected numbers. The US Census Bureau knows that poverty went down every year during Clinton's eight-years while it has gone up every year during Bush. Here's a graph from Census (modified a bit. Check the link below for the original version):

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Contrary to popular belief, Bush's tax cuts have benefitted the entire economy, not just the rich, and partly helped the country to recover from the recession that began after Clinton left. Unemployment rate is now below 5% and business is good. That, however, doesn't mean that O'Reilly, or any reporter, should use selected numbers to boost an agenda.

-Census (PDF)
-Talking Points



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