Thursday, August 26, 2010

An even quicker thought prompted by both of the preceding

Have you noticed how often in discussing various programs such as Social Security, along with welfare, jobs, health care, and so on, we make reference to certain multiples of the federal poverty line?

For example, OWL says that "48% of Americans 65 and older live at or below 200% FPL." There are various public programs that relate benefits to how your income relates to FPL; some of them refer to 100% of the limit, some to 135% of the limit, some to 200%, some state programs even go to 300% of FPL.

So here's the thing: If you can have an income double or even triple the federal poverty line and still be eligible for some forms of public assistance, doesn't that mean that the federal poverty level is set too fucking low?

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