A decade ago I was pouring over old newspapers from the time I was in college back in the 1970’s and was struck by the huge number of news stories about how dire the poverty was among the elderly. No more. Now the elderly are taking enhanced Social Security and Medicare benefits and joining the Tea Party to fight socialistic tax increases.
Meanwhile schools are filling up with children whose parents are preoccupied with survival not their children’s GPA.
The falling sky blue line shows the decrease in poverty among those over age 65. The rising yellow line shows increase in poverty for children under the age of 6.