Blogging Tory Jarrett Plonka is doing his part to feed through a woodchipper what little credibility the BTs have left:
US poverty rates are declining sharply ...
Really? Let's follow the link Jarrett supplies to see what's going on, shall we?
National poverty rate declines
OK, looking good so far. Let's keep reading:
The nation's poverty rate was 12.3 percent in 2006, down from 12.6 percent a year before, the Census Bureau reported Tuesday.
Ummmm ... you know, while 12.6 to 12.3 is a drop, I think it's charitable to call it a "sharp" drop. But hold on ... what's this?
Individual earnings dropped for both men and women in 2006, ...
They did? Then how ... I mean ... oh, here we go:
... but more members of each household worked, resulting in the overall increase in household income, said David Johnson, chief of the Census Bureau's Housing and Household Economic Statistics Division.
Yeah, that's the kind of detail that deserves to be maybe a bit closer to the lede, don't you think?
In other ideologically similar news, the civilian death toll in Baghdad dropped sharply this month. Of course, the fact that there just aren't that many civilians left to kill might have something to do with it. I'm just sayin'.