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Friday, January 26, 2007
The face of poverty – ABC News will air a special tonight, trying to put a face on poverty in the United States. Host Diane Sawyer says she was motivated to do the report because many Americans see more images of what poverty looks like overseas than in their own country. I don’t know whether Sawyer will attempt to discern why there is poverty in the United States, but if she wants to do something useful, she should. I would argue that nearly all poverty in the U.S. is self-imposed (or imposed on children by their parents). There is almost no legitimate excuse for an adult American living in poverty. What with universal free education and so many jobs that we have to illegally import 12-million Mexicans to fill them all, Americans almost have to be poor by choice. That doesn’t mean that all Americans can be as wealthy as they would like to be, but almost none should live in poverty. Ralph Bristol
posted by Jack Mercer @ 1/26/2007 11:17:00 AM  
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