The number of Americans living at or below the poverty line remained stubbornly at 15 percent in 2012, the second straight year that the rate was flat, despite an economy that's been slowly improving, government data showed Tuesday.
On this 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, it is worth remembering that Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream was about more than racial justice; it was also about economic justice and jobs.
In 1970s sitcom America, George and “Weezie” Jefferson were able move on up from a derelict neighborhood to Archie and Edith Bunker’s working-class neighborhood and then, finally to a deluxe apartment in the sky on Manhattan’s wealthy East Side. They were finally getting their piece of the pie. In today’s real America, it’s not that easy.
The ranks of America's poor edged up last year to a high of 49.7 million, based on a new census measure that takes into account medical...