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President's Concerns Over Income Inequality Should Start
Townhall.com ^ | January 9, 2014 | Matt Towery

Posted on 01/09/2014 12:32:35 PM PST by Kaslin

Within a matter of days, it has become cliche to make note of President Obama's new commitment to ending "income inequality" in America after returning from a vacation in Hawaii that costs taxpayers millions of dollars. And as my longtime friend Newt Gingrich has most articulately argued this week, the "war on poverty" has been an abject failure from the day Lyndon Johnson first uttered the declaration.

I recommend reading Gingrich's comments to receive an education on its long and costly failed effort.

In an effort to propose constructive policy, may I suggest that, rather than play at the margins of a failed concept of throwing dollars designed more to create a culture of dependence and social division for so many, the Obama Administration take a more targeted approach. Our government should take care of our most destitute and needy of citizens who live on our streets at home, even if it requires limiting resources to others in far-flung locations abroad.

The recent "Polar Vortex" has brought into full light in so many cities and towns, a world of old blankets and a collection of tattered belongings that can be found under bridges, in gleaming office towers and in just plain shanties ... all the "home" to the nation's disgracefully large contingent of homeless Americans.

The president is promising to target certain needy cities with new attempts at low housing and improved education, which taken at face value, seems laudable. But as Newt makes clear, these vague programs and broad promises have gotten us nowhere, as poverty levels have only increased over the years. To reverse the systemic issues the president wants to address would take new approaches which, based upon past history, seem unlikely to materialize.

But if President Obama wants to take a truly targeted approach to poverty, he could begin with the souls who fight to find warmth at night and wander the streets during daytime. Yes, I know that many homeless are there because of poor choices, addiction and other attributes which society frowns upon. But the fact is, they are still there.

It seems inconceivable that a nation capable of freeing countries from oppression, rushing aid to thousands in foreign lands after natural disasters and propping up international organizations of questionable efficiency cannot find a way to care for its own who have reached the lowest of low points.

As a lover of animals, I cringe when ads for neglected or abused animals appear on television. And, like so many, I try to give a bit of help to our helpless four-legged friends when I can.

But what about the man or woman who wanders about in a similarly helpless manner? We know that many good people and organizations do so very much to provide shelter and food to our homeless. But why should they be left trying to make do with insufficient resources, oftentimes paid for by private sources, with little or no coordination, while we have the great might of the United States caring for others in lands far away?

Many who are on the street are in dire need of medical care, both physically and in many cases, mentally. Some shy from help for fear that a past record of crime or a perceived one, will force them into prisons. Many have no proper identification to even qualify for programs or assistance.

But if we are to consider a "pathway" to citizenship for those who are illegally in our country but living a good life, have we no concept of how to create a "pathway to safety" for our own who truly live a life of "inequality"?

The president's focus on income inequality seems to many observers merely a more open effort to create a schism among segments of our society and to expand a political ideology that pledges not a chicken in every pot, but a cell phone in every hand.

What I would ask is how we as a nation expect to expand a welfare state without first looking into the eyes of our most needy. Conservatives would be wise to demand a war on homelessness and demand that if tax dollars are to be spent, they start where the need is so obvious and the results could be so marked.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: incomeinequality; newt; waronpoverty
The rest of the title is: With the Shivering Homeless in His Own Country
1 posted on 01/09/2014 12:32:35 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

President's Concerns Over Income Inequality Should Start after he takes us all with him to Hawaii !!


2 posted on 01/09/2014 12:37:58 PM PST by Tilted Irish Kilt (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: Kaslin

With Washington DC vs the Rest of the Country


3 posted on 01/09/2014 12:40:15 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Kaslin
The federal government can effectively start and end this "war" by cutting or eliminating all their taxes, fees, bureaucracies, etc. and just butting out.

Don't hold your breath

4 posted on 01/09/2014 12:43:27 PM PST by elkfersupper
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To: Kaslin

On the other hand: Gingrich brags about being a progressive(himself)..

However I would be willing to pay him a couple billion to clean America Up..
He knows where the bodies are buried and where the cash is stashed..
And he is evil enough to out-evil the other evil-doers..

He is an Ice-Hole but likes to act like he is a conservative Ice-Hole..
Well paid he might be one too... as long as he is watched closely..


5 posted on 01/09/2014 12:45:19 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: MrB

With Washington DC vs the Rest of the Country


I agree, as my tagline notes.

Also, if you want less of something, tax it. if you want more, subsidize it. Which is what the war on poverty has dome, creating more poverty.


6 posted on 01/09/2014 12:54:34 PM PST by Atlas Sneezed ("Income Inequality?" Let's start with DC vs. the rest of the nation!)
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To: Kaslin

Newt Gingrich is to the letter a student of history, but with a brain. To use Sarah Palin’s most used word, “articulate”, there is none better at it than Newt. Newt can drive a stake through the heart of the arguments for every socialist styled “poverty program” ever designed. Created to ever expand a permanent plantation for the poor and the ignorant, with Democrats as the masters, the plantation is the permanent home for Marxist thinkers. Period.

Add public schools, university and academia and you see it has taken decades for Marx lovers to capture generations of the young students to reach the place where we are today, when 51% of the voters are owned by someone named Barack Hussein Obama.


7 posted on 01/09/2014 12:56:07 PM PST by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: hosepipe

I am sure Gingrich knows what progress is, unlike the left. They are far from progressive


8 posted on 01/09/2014 12:57:39 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: RitaOK

BTTT


9 posted on 01/09/2014 12:59:41 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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If he’s really serious about fighting poverty, he should support Republican mayors. Democrats aren’t running things very well in Detroit.


10 posted on 01/09/2014 1:53:43 PM PST by BinaryBoy (Socialism is slavery.)
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To: BinaryBoy

That shows you that he is not serious. Remember he went in as an empty suit, and he will leave as an empty suit


11 posted on 01/09/2014 1:58:51 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: BinaryBoy

They aren’t running things well in New York either and with DeBlasio it will even be worse


12 posted on 01/09/2014 2:08:48 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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13 posted on 01/16/2014 5:07:18 AM PST by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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