Friday, October 24, 2008


Slate gets sloppy.

The income of a typical family hasn't risen in real terms since 1999, while the costs of basics such as health care, energy, food, and housing have soared.

Which sounds terrible, except real income means, by definition, that it's already been adjusted for those price changes. There's a few other spots where the author misleads, deliberately or not, to make a point.

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