January 31, 2008

THE END OF POVERTY

I heard on the TV last night that, before he got out of the election, John Edwards called Clinton and Obama and asked them to promise to keep hammering his message of ending poverty.

Ending poverty...from the most expensive home in his county.

Look, I have nothing at all against Edwards living in that house. But don't talk to us about how there's Two Americas and then live in the one that you have contempt for. That's ridiculous.

Someone who seriously wanted to help fight poverty could get by with a smaller house and use his "extra" money and time to do things in his community that actually help fight poverty: volunteer at an adult education program, donate money to the soup kitchen, whatever. But seriously, stop lecturing us about how we have to pay more in taxes and get by with less in order to end poverty.

End poverty. Snort. There's no such thing anyway; they'd just raise the bar for what constitutes the poverty level.

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1 Ways of reducing poverty in America would include: 1)Breaking the power of the bureaucracy that controls our public schools, with the connivance of the Democratic Party, and denies millions of kids the hope of a decent education 2)Reforming the laws that allow too many tort lawyers to profit at the expense of productive enterprises 3)Get out there and actually start businesses that employ people and create economic growth

Posted by: david foster at January 31, 2008 10:53 AM (ke+yX)

2 “There's no such thing anyway; they'd just raise the bar for what constitutes the poverty level.” Exactly, the “poor” in America aren’t poor. (Well, at least a majority of them). Try getting out in the world Mr. Edwards, and then you’ll see some real poor people Mr. Trial Lawyer. BTW, who’s fault is it if someone is poor, ours? If we are responsible for helping them get out of poverty then conversely we should all share in the wealth when they do make it big. Right Mr. Edwards? Fair is fair, pay up.

Posted by: tim at January 31, 2008 11:01 AM (nno0f)

3 You're absolutely right, Tim. Poor in America? Not like Poor in Africa. Or Poor in Turkey (which is the place of which I can speak from experience).... I was in Turkey and after a year came back to the states for a class. Inner harbor, Baltimore. A guy wearing Nike's and a COAT was panhandling. I felt so much anger....

Posted by: Only $19.95 at January 31, 2008 05:24 PM (f2kPQ)

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