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The Politics of the Poor

Who talks to poor people? Answer: poor people. Why don’t people talk to poor people? Answer: because they can’t do anything for you, and we are a selfish “what’s in it for me society”. Today, everyone is reacting to what Mitt Romney said yesterday, but the real problem is that he said it out loud. He did not have the ability to filter the response before it left his lips, and then he repeatedly tried to clarify his own heart felt sentiment. The irony of his response was he spoke of the very poor and the very rich in the same context, and they are far from the same. The safety net the poor rely on is provided by the government and the government can ‘giveth and taketh’ away, but the rich are self-reliant and there is no government ownership or intervention that can disturb their blessed net. It was interesting to watch the pundits express horror and dismay. MSNBC Chris Matthews had to admit he has not talked to any poor people of late. Matthews says he sees them everyday going to work, but he’s not talking to them either. Seemingly little known fact: poor people vote too. The real tragedy is so many people who are poor don’t accept the label. Poor people are not all in soup lines or sleeping in shelters. People who were once middle class are now poor and they have not accepted the title. Sure they might even be getting governmental assistance, but they still believe times will get better and their situation will return back to normal, but for many this is the new normal, and that new normal is poor. So Romney is not thinking about them or as he said they are not his focus, but the programs that assist them are very much in focus and if he gets in office he might cut that net, and for many that safety net is a lifeline.

Newt Gingrich thinks poor and criminal are one in the same

Newt Gingrich seems to equate poverty to criminality. He paints with a very negative brush when it comes to people he does not know or understand. There are many people who work and have worked very hard all their lives and now they find theirselves stuck in the vicious grip of poverty. These people would never consider doing anything criminal they are simply trying to get by, but Gingrich will never talk about them because they don’t fit into his negative narrative.
Read the linked story: http://politics.blogs.foxnews.com/2011/12/01/newt-poor-children-have-no-habits-working

NY Mayor Bloomberg and Gov. Paterson seek to stop food stamp recipients from buying sugary drinks…is this fair?

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Gov. David Paterson want to ban food stamp recipients from using their stamps to buy sugary drinks. They contend this is an effort to combat obesity. They are seeking permission from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. If this is approved this would be the first item banned from a federal program based solely on nutritional value “In 2004 the USDA rejected Minnesota’s plan to ban junk food, including soda and candy, from food stamp purchases, saying it would violate the Food Stamp Act’s definition of what is food and could create “confusion and embarrassment” at the register.”  Is this fair? Is there something paternalistic about this? Does it single out the poor? Tell me what you think.

It’s Hard out Here for the Poor

A few years ago the movie Hustle and Flow won an Academy Award for best song. The song was It is Hard Out Here for a Pimp. Tonight as I sit here listening to the NBC Nightly News those words echo in my head but the word pimp is changed to poor. The budget crunch most states are facing is now effecting public transportation. In many communities there is no longer bus service on the weekends. Stops are being eliminated. Fares are going up, but wages are not. People will not have the ability to get to work, to doctor’s appointments or to possible job interviews, but who is interested in the plight of the working poor?