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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

What About The Poor?

Poor people: the U.S. demographic rarely mentioned by U.S. presidents or leaders,  of past or present.

War on Poverty Tour to hit DC. Visit
Even in our Nation's Capitol and surrounding Maryland and Virginia areas, poor people exist. These are people (some through no fault of their own) who have lost jobs, become unemployed, lost their homes and families, that now live in cars and on the streets of our cities and towns.

What about the poor, Mr. President?  Have you forgotten about them?

Two self-proclaimed proponents, (slash critics) of President Obama are making sure U.S. leaders don't forget this demographic of American People.

Harvard professor Dr. Cornell West, and public talk radio host Tavis Smiley are touring the countryside talking with, and listening to, the stories of this nation's poor with their Poverty Tour: A Call To Conscience.

While politicians express deep concern for the so-called middle class, West and Smiley point out that because of current economic conditions, the middle class have now become the poor class.

The president is scheduled to give remarks at the unveiling of the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial on August 28, 2011.  

Said Martin Luther King, Jr.  “I choose to identify with the underprivileged, I choose to identify with the poor, I choose to give my life for the hungry, I choose to give my life for those who have been left out of the sunlight of opportunity. . .This is the way I’m going. If it means suffering a little bit, I’m going that way. If it means sacrificing, I’m going that way. If it means dying for them, I’m going that way, because I heard a voice saying “DO SOMETHING FOR OTHERS."

The Poverty Tour came about as a response to the passing of the recent deficit deal that Smiley, and others claim doesn’t extend unemployment benefits, doesn’t close a single corporate loophole, doesn’t raise one cent in terms of new revenue in terms of taxes on the rich or the lucky, yet allows corporate America to get away scot-free again—the banks, Wall Street getting away again—all at the expense of everyday people.

The tour makes its stop in Washington, DC on Wednesday. 

Wonder where the tour was in 2007, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, and before that?   Are poor people just now coming onto the scene?

Radio show host has words for West, Smiley.

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