<small>As quoted from this article,</small> "Boston figures showed that about one-third of school-age children living in the city in 1999 and 1995 were living below the poverty line - which varies according to the number of adults and children per household. For a household made up of two adults and two children, for example, that meant earning less than $17,463 in 1999." In the single paragraph above, two things struck me. First, one out of three children live in poverty in Boston. Boston is not some poor backwater city like Gary, Indiana. It is a vibrant city resplendent with unimaginable wealth. Second, the idea that two adults and two children could live on $17,463 for a year in any other state than complete and utter misery. Have the people who set these numbers ever been to a grocery store? Have they ever had children? Do these heartless bastards even have a clue? Hey, let's not forget there are taxes to be paid! No wonder our poverty rates look so low! I hereby challenge every single member of both houses of congress to live for one month on $1,455.25 ($17,463 divided by 12). I would especially like to invite President Bush and his family to do the same for the next three months. To be completely and honestly impartial in this offer, I would also like to extend this invitation to any members of this board who feel the poor are getting a "free ride" courtesy of our welfare system. Something tells me the experience would be extremely educational.