It's on the rise; here are the numbers
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, 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. Since then, the poverty rate has increased steadily from 11.7 percent in 2001, when the economy slipped into recession, to 12.5 percent in 2003.
So let me get this straight... The last time there was a decline in poverty, Clinton held office. And now with Bush at the helm, it's been steadily on the rise. Fascinating. Who knew?