Monday, October 13, 2008

Huffington Post on Poverty ('bout time!)

Finally in all this political discourse comes a poverty article in a popular blog about poverty. Huffington Post is pretty far to the Pro-Obama left, so if anyone sees something similar published from the right, please post it in the comment section and I'll give it an entry.

Huff Post:
Obama's Innovative War on Poverty

Sam Stein correctly points out that poverty never came up in the first 2 presidential debates.

"Indeed, as economic observers fret that the ripple effects of the market meltdown could result in greater numbers of underemployed and unemployed, the focus of the campaign remains firmly on businesses and the middle class. During the first debate, when the financial crisis was first coming into focus, "poverty" went similarly unmentioned.

It is, in many ways, regrettable. Not simply because the number of those living in poverty - 37.3 million in 2007, according to the U.S. Census Bureau - demands more attention. But because those who have studied poverty-eradication programs say that Barack Obama has a plan that could be historic in its reach and innovation."

It goes on to highlight some of Obama's anti-poverty programs. I will not enumerate them here, but I encourage everyone to look at that post as well as both candidates web sites to learn what they can about how the candidates plan to tackle domestic poverty. I'll leave global poverty out of this post just now, but a visit to can get you started on that issue as well.

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