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A honest look at poverty
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America, the land of milk and honey and self-realization, has a poverty rate that is steadily increasing. Approximately 16 percent of American people live below the poverty line, which stands at about $23,000 for a family of four, according to an Associated Press (AP) study. It is the highest poverty rate America has seen since 1964 and it will continue to rise amidst recession woes and an influx of minimum wage jobs, according to several news sources.