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This Just In! Half of You are Below Average!

This is not news from Lake Wobegon, where all the children are above average.  The Associated Press is reporting that, horror of horrors, about half of people are below average!  Stop the presses.

I have not been this scandalized since I realized that 40% of all sick days are taken on Monday and Friday.

The New Editor Reports on the scandal in a post called “Statistical Illiteracy, Media Narratives, and the Spread of a Canard”:

The AP’s Hope Yen reported:

Squeezed by rising living costs, a record number of Americans — nearly 1 in 2 — have fallen into poverty or are scraping by on earnings that classify them as low income.

The Census Bureau’s definition of a ‘low-income household’ is less than $45,000, as the AP’s Yen wrote:

Many middle-class Americans are dropping below the low-income threshold — roughly $45,000 for a family of four…

As we noted in a post on the AP ‘story,’ the US Census Bureau estimates that the median 2009 US household income was about $50,000.

So it seems the crux of the AP article can be accurately shortened to: Half of all households have an income below the median average!

I’m not sure what a “median average” is exactly, but I can tell when statistics are being manipulated to tell a story that does not exist.  And since the “poverty line” and “low income threshold” are targets that move up every year, there is quite simply no way to eradicate poverty on paper.

Not to be cynical, but I am pretty sure that the statist bureaucracy likes it that way.

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  1. william wallace
    December 23, 2011 at 6:22 PM

    Reality 99% are well below what acceptable. / In contrast 1% are
    well above which acceptable. How’s is such injustice maintained?.

    In main the 1% control the media thus being abled in spinning out a
    diet of halftruths diluted by propaganda in ever constant distraction.

    All in the media having a choice. Speak out against the injustice or
    remain silent in their servitude to the 1%. They remain in servitude.

    • December 23, 2011 at 6:51 PM

      “99% are well below what acceptable. / In contrast 1% are well above which acceptable.”

      Your grammar is atrocious, but I think I see what you’re saying. Here in America, the top 1% have an annual income north of $300,000 per year, but let’s it round it to there for simplicity’s sake. You mean to tell me that someone making $290,000 per year is “well below what acceptable”? [sic]

      The greater problem with your assertion is that it’s conclusory. Where is your definition of what is “acceptable,” and why is it defined thus? Yours is a statement without any heft. I could just as easily, and with just as much evidence, assert that all bananas under 5 inches in length are “well below what acceptable.” But I won’t, because I prefer to live in reality.

      • william wallace
        December 24, 2011 at 2:14 AM

        The reality is / you have made illusion reality. Your
        an lifetime victim of republican MEDIA brainwashing
        (the damage) is / illusion now your accepted reality.

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