What the Census Numbers Won't Tell Us About Poverty in America
Recorded on August 27, 2007
Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium
On August 28, the Census Bureau will release its annual report
on income and poverty in the United States. Despite
widespread recognition that its method for calculating poverty is
overly simplistic and limited, politicians and pundits seize upon
its findings each year to make bold claims about what's right or
wrong with poverty policy in America.
What is often missing from the annual August attention is what
the Census numbers don't tell us about the actual living conditions
of the individuals the government deems to be poor - or how many
Americans are truly poor from one year to the next and why.
Heritage Senior Research Fellow Robert Rector has uncovered
startling findings about the realities beyond the Census figures,
and why so much political rhetoric about poverty in America is
misguided. Joined by Brookings scholar Ron Haskins and Dr.
Wade Horn, former HHS Assistant Secretary for Children and
Families, Rector will discuss the true nature of poverty in America
and how it can be reduced, particularly among children.