Misleading words

Posted: August 4, 2011 at 3:38 a.m.

If there were a contest for the most misleading words used in politics, “poverty” should be one of the leading contenders for that title. Each of us may have his own idea of what poverty means—especially those of us who grew up in poverty. But what poverty means politically and in the media is whatever the people who collect statistics choose to define as poverty.

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Editorial, Pages 16 on 08/04/2011