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the risk of poverty

By Diogenes (articles ) | May 09, 2006

Sorry I missed this yesterday; the full significance of this story took a while to sink in.

The New York Times headline said it all: "America's 'Near Poor' Are Increasingly at Economic Risk, Experts Say."

What's the risk? Poverty.

The poor aren't "at risk" for poverty because they're already poor.

The rich aren't "at risk" because they're rich.

The people most in danger of falling below the poverty line are those who are already near it.

All clear now? Thank goodness for the Times.

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  • Posted by: - May. 10, 2006 2:30 PM ET USA

    What can be done about poverty? Instead of conducting polls, use the money to hirea new employee. But in the final analysis we have been assured that we shall always have the poor with us.

  • Posted by: rpp - May. 09, 2006 6:29 PM ET USA

    Sometimes when it rains, the grounds gets wet. That can cause mud which can stick to the shoes of doctors before they go into surgery. That spreads germs and kills people. Therefore rain kills people and we should make every effort to stop the rain.

  • Posted by: - May. 09, 2006 6:19 PM ET USA

    However, Diogenes, the Times did do a service of showing that there are more people who are living in precarious economic situations than some people might think. While the headline is, of course, a truism, the rest of the story puts faces on the reality that millions of people face.

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - May. 09, 2006 6:04 PM ET USA

    The Rich love their life. Marc Rich and Denise Rich.

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