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”:
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…
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.