We can't blame Bush for a decrease in poverty, but we can blame him for an increase of the uninsured. (link subscription only)
The nation's poverty rate declined for the first time this decade, but the number of Americans without health insurance rose to a record high of 47 million in 2006...We can't blame Bush for a rise in median income, but we can blame him for a lack of rise in wages:
While median household income rose for the second consecutive year in 2006, the increase appeared to be driven by a jump in the number of people in each household taking on full-time jobs, rather than a rise in wages.And the money quote:
Government programs are not taking up the slack. According to the Census, the percentage of people covered by government health programs fell from 27.3 percent in 2005 to 27 percent in 2006.Why is government always the answer? Is it me or is there something ironic about calls for the government to stay out of your personal life, while it's incumbent upon them to provide you a colonoscopy?