CBS Evening News for Thursday, Feb 23, 1984
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(Studio) Census Bureau's assessment of rising poverty in United States summarized.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(DC) Incrd. poverty in United States examined; details outlined on screen, discussed; Reagan administration noted examining means of altering statistics to include various government benefits and thus raise official poverty line explained. [Center on Budget Priorities spokesperson Robert GREENSTEIN - feels administration maneuvers would result in many currently receive benefits being denied those benefits.] Med. care for the elderly cited as example; administration said blaming rise on recession, unemployment and inflation. Focus of criticism mentioned. [Census Bureau spokesperson Gordon GREEN - feels include non-cash benefits gives more accurate picture.] White House claims that life for the poor has improved noted.
REPORTER: Bill Plante
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