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Paul Ryan’s thumb on the scale in new audit of federal anti-poverty programs?

March 4, 2014

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Jared Bernstein, senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, thinks Paul Ryan had his thumb on the scale in his new “audit” of federal anti-poverty programs, where the Wisconsin Congressman claimed the War on Poverty has been a failure.

“In order to support that result, he uses the official poverty rates – which are widely known to leave out a tremendous amount of anti-poverty policy,” Bernstein said early Tuesday morning on The Agenda with Ari Rabin-Havt on SiriusXM Progress.

“If you plug those back in, poverty has gone from 26% – when the War on Poverty started – to 16% now. So, we’ve got more to do, but certainly we’ve made a lot more progress than Paul Ryan admits.”

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