Wednesday, September 14


Bill O'Reilly is insisting that Bush is a greater friend to the poor than was Bill Clinton.

Halfway through President Clinton's tenure in office in 1996, the poverty rate was 13.7 percent. Halfway through President Bush's tenure, the rate is 12.7 percent, a full point lower.

In 1996, the Clinton budget allotted $191 billion for poverty entitlements. That was 12.2 percent of the budget and a whopping amount of money. That's why Bill Clinton (search) was called the first black president by some.

However, the Bush 2006 budget allots a record shattering $368 billion for poverty entitlements, 14.6 percent of the entire budget, a huge increase over Clinton's spending on poverty entitlements.

What O'Reilly failed to note, or tell his audience, was that Bill Clinton inherited a 15.1% poverty rate from Dubya's father, George H.W. Bush, and by the time Clinton ended his tenure that rate had fallen nearly FOUR POINTS to 11.3%. The poverty rate has steadily risen during the second Bush administration, from the 11.3% inherited from Clinton to 12.7% in 2004. Bush hasn't BETTERED Clinton's record, he's worsened it every year since he took office.

2004...... 12.7
2003...... 12.5
2002...... 12.1
2001...... 11.7
2000...... 11.3
1999...... 11.9
1998...... 12.7
1997...... 13.3
1996...... 13.7
1995...... 13.8
1994...... 14.5
1993...... 15.1

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

I don't give a flip how much money is spent in "poverty entitlements" -- that's a bogus number, probably reflective of ineffective spending on Bush's part, since the mountain of money he continues to throw at issues has had little effect other than to create enormous deficits. The bottom line is, the poverty rate under Clinton was reduced EVERY SINGLE YEAR of his administration. Under Bush, it has increased EVERY SINGLE YEAR of his administration.


Blogger Dr. Laniac said...

I linked to your post. Thanks for doing this research. It demonstrates how these people use numbers and statistics to tell the most blatant and outrageous lies.

from Dr. Laniac's headlines

If Bill O'Reilly wasn't lying about something, the Emergency Broadcast System would issue an alert. But No More Apples caught him in a particularly disingenuous lie. I take it O'Lielly picked on this topic because the subjects of race and poverty have been in discussion of late. Well, it would come as a surprise to most people to hear that the poverty rate was lower under Bush than Clinton. In fact, it was. That's because Clinton inherited a legacy of 12 years of Republican rule with a poverty rate over 15%, a rate that looked like the bad old days of the early 60's when the crisis of poverty, especially in the South, was brought to the nations attention.

By the time Clinton left office, the poverty rate was bumping up against historic lows. And every year since, the poverty rate has gone back up. Almost every year Clinton was in office, a million people came out of poverty. Under George W. Bush, 1.3 million people a year have been added to the tally of the poor. Anyone who believes O'Reilly on this has the V-Chip implanted. - DrL

9:28 AM  
Blogger Motherlode said...

Love your post, Dr. L! Wish I'd said it as well --

4:12 PM  

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