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Mr. Roboto

Another thing to keep in mind is that the official poverty rate has always been a rather austere measurement. So I take the figure to mean that something like 34%, or one-third of the population, is struggling in a major way. I also recall from an MSNBC story on this sad new statistic that the last time the poverty rate was something like this was back in 1983, which was the time of arguably the worst recession between the Great Depression and our current Great Recession.

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