The government started keeping low income statistics in 1959. More individuals fell below the poverty line last year than ever in the time since. A Census Bureau report released Sept. 16 revealed that 43 million in the United States could be officially determined as living in poverty. That's 14.3 percent of the population, a jump from 13.2 percent in 2008. The poverty report is the latest in a long line of recent bad economic news Republicans are crowing about as the November election approaches. They will hope the electorate ignores a longer view of the low income rate. Statistics over the previous 10 years show that Republican policies played a role in the current increasing level. Liberals say the poverty rate underestimates the true level of economic misery. The other side has an opposite point of view. They say the low income line is an insufficient way to determine who's financially poor and who isn't. In response, government officials plan to use more detailed analysis for figuring out the true percentage of U.S. impoverished beginning in 2011
Are you worried about ending up old and poor? The Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, a non-profit, private foundation, recently released the results of their 11th annual survey on retirement issues. The study is packed with eye-popping data for us women.
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The other day a guy friend and I were talking about porn. Yes, porn. He said to me, "Hey, you're the Doc, but really, I don't understand what all the fuss is about. Men like porn. Why do women freak out so much when they watch it?" I didnt quite know where he was going with this conversation, so I just stared at him, with my mouth hanging open. He continued, taking that as a sign that I was listening intently to what he had to say. "Its really not that complicated," he said. "I like porn just like I love my dog. Porn is always waiting for me when I come home at night. It doesnt ask anything of me, and it doesnt talk back. It has no demands, and its always smiling. It always seems to be happy to see me." I tried to pick my chin up off the floor. "Yes, but," I began, "Does it keep you warm at night?" "No, he said," "But I have my dog for that." "So," I smiled, "This is why you arent married, correct?" "Well, yeah." He sighed. "I guess I just havent met anyone I like as much as I like my dog. And by the way, if I meet the right woman, I am totally willing to give up the porn. But not the dog."
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