This week, anyway. And just for Eric Alterman’s sake.
He posted this diatribe at the HuffPo and deemed the following excerpt from an NYT article appropriate to quote:
The New York Times headlines this story: “Census Reports Slight Increase in ’05 Incomes.”
This is, in every meaningful sense, misleading. You have to get to paragraph four to learn that “While the economy has been strong by most statistical measures for the past several years, its benefits have not translated into improvements in the standard of living for many people. In New York, the proportion of city residents living below the poverty level has not changed in the last five years.
Ahem. Ready, Mr. Alterman?
It is not the government’s job, nor that of private industry, to drag a person out of ‘poverty’. The only person/thing who can make their income level ascend is themselves.
Thank you. That is all.