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Moyers: Both parties giving the poor the silent treatment

Bill Moyers and and Michael Winship had a good post over the weekend that takes the powers that be to task for ignoring poverty in the U.S. even as it continues to grow.

“It’s just astonishing to us how long this campaign has gone on with no discussion of what’s happening to poor people. Official Washington continues to see poverty with tunnel vision – ‘out of sight, out of mind.’

And we’re not speaking just of Paul Ryan and his Draconian budget plan or Mitt Romney and their fellow Republicans. Tipping their hats to America’s impoverished while themselves seeking handouts from billionaires and corporations is a bad habit that includes President Obama, who of all people should know better….

We know, we know: It is written that, “The poor will always be with us.” But when it comes to our “out of sight, out of mind” population of the poor, you have to think we can help reduce their number, ease the suffering, and speak out, with whatever means at hand, on their behalf and against those who would prefer they remain invisible. Speak out:  that means you and me, and yes, Mr. President, you, too. You once told the big bankers on Wall Street that you were all that stood between them and the pitchforks of an angry public. How about telling the poor you will make sure our government stands between them and the cliff?”

You can read the entire column by clicking here.

4 Comments


  1. Frank Burns

    August 27, 2012 at 9:20 am

    A strong economy and healthy middle class will assure the resources are available to helping the poor get on their feet. Once they are on their feet, public assistance needs to end. In addition we need to reduce the number of the poor by escorting the illegal aliens back to their home country, in a humane and courteous manner.

  2. david esmay

    August 27, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Won’t happen under a Republican watch, look what happened under George the Dullard.

  3. Alex

    August 27, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    The poor have gotten poorer under Obama. In fact, most of us have also !

  4. Jack

    August 28, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Isn’t it great that we can blame one person for everything we think is wrong? If life were that simple.

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