"As Poverty Rises, Bush Seeks Tax Cut For Paris Hilton"
The United States is the wealthiest country in the world. But new data from the Census Bureau shows that more people are struggling just to make ends meet. AP reports:
The nation’s poverty rate rose to 12.7 percent of the population last year, the fourth consecutive annual increase, the Census Bureau said Tuesday…Overall, there were 37 million people living in poverty [in 2004], up 1.1 million people from 2003…The last decline in overall poverty was in 2000, when 31.1 million people lived under the threshold “” 11.3 percent of the population.