Another report from Der Spiegel:
On the same day the levees broke, Charles Nelson of the US Census Bureau in Washington presented the most recent report on income and poverty in the United States. The numbers and graphs he unveiled offered an appalling insight into the USA.
The number of those in America living in poverty climbed by 1.1 million to fully 37 million people - the fourth jump in a row. While the official number of US poor dropped steadily during Bill Clinton's presidency, it has grown by 12 percent under George W. Bush.
But the economy is in great shape, and getting stronger every day. The government keeps on telling us so. I guess this is what happens when you rob Peter to pay Paul, especially when Peter never really had that much to start with.