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Monday, February 20

It's Not That America's Poor Don't Have Jobs...

I can't believe how many people I speak to who quote Jesus out of context when the issue of poverty in America is brought up, "The poor will always be with us." So that makes it ok? You can quote Jesus, the champion of the poor, while shrugging your shoulders at the working poor?

How about all the people who say that everyone has an equal opportunity in America? That would be true if people who work 40 hour work weeks actually earned a living wage.

Millions of poor in America who work several jobs and still end up on the bread lines? There is something wrong with this picture.

While 45.8 million Americans lack any health insurance, the top 20 per cent of earners take over half the national income. At the same time the bottom 20 per cent took home just 3.4 per cent.

The gap is ever widening. Obviously we are not all born with the same opportunities. Our children our going to bed hungry because the minimum wage is a farce and our legislators refuse to deal with it.

37 million poor hidden in the land of plenty

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