Forty-seven percent of this country doesn't pay income tax? Man, their lives must be awesome. Just imagine the amazing vacations and fabulous houses they're able to afford with all that money they save from being below the limit of qualifying for income tax.
Since poverty and "those people" are associated with this problem of dependency, it allows people who do not want to be associated with "those people" to disregard Romney's critique -- one that he aimed squarely at them.
Groups like ONE are pushing for a What the World Wants Poll, a standardized set of questions that would be answered in both developing and developed countries. The resulting data would give a serious boost of credibility and relevance to the post-2015 framework discussions.
From healthcare to fiscal discipline to jobs, Romney and his party are using people's trust, economic angst, and deep love for the Constitution to sell a vision that is pure gloss with nothing behind it.
I certainly don't believe that all our Republican lawmakers came to Washington to hurt poor people, but it's time for some of them to challenge the dominant forces in their party and face the consequences of such indefensible choices.
Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger is New York City's busiest food pantry, feeding over 10,000 people per month. As fate would have it, adjacent to BSCAH's headquarters on Fulton street there now sits a massive vacant lot.
As far back as 2008, members of the progressive advocacy community who focus on poverty were decrying a lack of coverage of rising poverty levels by the media. Since that point, the problem has gotten much worse.
Stories like mine are becoming more and more unusual in America in 2012. Sixty five percent of Americans who are born into the lowest income quintile (like I was) spend their entire lives in one of the two lowest income quintiles.