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Moyers: Both parties giving the poor the silent treatment

Posted By Rob Schofield On August 27, 2012 @ 8:49 am In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

Bill Moyers and and Michael Winship had a good post over the weekend [1] 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 [1].


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[1] a good post over the weekend: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/08/25-4

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