Poverty LineWell, I just made up the title, but it works. So here is the issue, the Department of Health and Human Services in the federal government gauges the poverty line with a formula using the cost of groceries as a third of your monthly expenses. They then peg the cost of these groceries to the Consumer Price Index. I have no issue with how they calculate the cost of our milk (rice milk for me) or other food stuff. Where I see major issue is in how much of our budget is calculated as food, never mind gas, rent, and health care. Furthermore, this calculation has left us with a poverty line of $15,130 for a family of two. Who really believes two people can live off of $1,260 a month? That wouldn’t even cover mine and my wife’s student loans, let alone food or a roof. Continue reading