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2012's test for America

"How our politics treats the one in two Americans who are now poor will be 2012's ultimate test of our moral credibility." — Charles P. Pierce

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sahlah
Jan. 1st, 2012 12:27 am (UTC)
Let's hope it improves - because right now our treatment of the now poor sucks.
patrick_vecchio
Jan. 1st, 2012 12:42 am (UTC)
I think the only way it can be improved is through massive tax cuts for corporations and wealthy people and by treating corporations as if they were people. Wait! We've already tried that, haven't we?
sahlah
Jan. 1st, 2012 12:49 am (UTC)
You forget to wait for the trickle down... oh wait, that doesn't work either. Something is rolling down hill though.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 2nd, 2012 12:25 am (UTC)
"Qu'ils mangent de la brioche-Marie Antoinette
A number of years back while at the OTH, you wrote a piece about animals which I do not recall except for a quote you used alluding to the quality of a society being judged by the treatment of the least of its’ citizens. This has stuck with me since I read it and in the past four years working with the disabled and the poor, there has never been more clarity in that statement for me. Our politicians seem oblivious to the plight of those who cannot fend for themselves or who once could but now due to age, illness, job loss or other things can no longer do so. They marginalize this population because in many instances they do not vote. One of the vital operations in my work is to inform those with disabilities to become a part of the process, become informed on issues and vote in a manner that is in keeping with the values and issues that affect their ability to lead more successful independent lives. I wonder if a politician sat at my desk while I begged a homeless veteran to go into a shelter would spout the rhetoric they do. Tax loophole for corporate jets or take care of the veterans politicians espouse as our precious blood, it doesn’t seem like much of a choice. Whether its bread, cake, or broche, our politicians need to come off the hill and into the streets. If everybody followed what we all learned in kindergarten, we would be alright….SHARING IS FAIR.
patrick_vecchio
Jan. 2nd, 2012 04:33 pm (UTC)
Re: "Qu'ils mangent de la brioche-Marie Antoinette
If a politician sat at your desk while you counseled a homeless veteran, the pol would be accompanied by TV cameras and would hold a press conference outside your agency where she/he would profess sympathy for the plight of veterans. Then she/he would adjourn to the halls of legislation to vote again on cutting spending on programs that serve the weakest among us.

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