It may be the most important issue facing this country, but it’s one nobody ever talks about.
We are the wealthiest country on the planet. But we are also a nation of poverty. One out of every six Americans – 46 million – live below the poverty line. Twenty percent of all American schoolchildren live in poverty.
And, every year, more and more Americans depend on Medicaid, food stamps, Children’s Health Insurance and school lunches – just to survive.
Yet, faced with such poverty, the policies of the Republican Party would make things even worse. They want to eliminate Medicaid, food stamps, the CHIP and school lunch programs. And, by killing extension of the payroll tax cut, they want to raise taxes on middle-class families by $1,000 – starting January 1, 2012.
And who says there’s no difference between the two major parties?
Democrats have put forth several bills to put Americans back to work. Republicans have shot down every one of them.
Democrats want to expand Medicaid. Republicans have already voted to kill it.
Democrats want to cut taxes for the middle class. Republicans want to raise taxes on the middle class.
And that’s the clear choice voters will have in 2012.
That’s my parting shot for today.