Poverty Rate compared – Clinton -vs- Bush years [Media Matters]

Poverty rate comparison chartThe article is interesting enough, but the important information in Media Matters article about poverty rates is this bit: “the poverty rate declined every year Clinton was in office, from 15.1 percent when he took office in 1993 to a low of 11.3 percent in 2000; it has risen every year that Bush has been in office, from 11.7 percent in 2001 to 12.7 percent in 2004.”

So the next time that someone tells you that things are better under Bush than they were under Clinton, you can say, “Ah, but what about the poverty rate?” Of course, that’s assuming that a Bush supporter would care about the poor. Lord knows that W. himself doesn’t.

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