American Elephants

The War on Poverty by The Elephant's Child

President Obama, speaking yesterday in Connecticut said:

Nobody who works full time should have to raise a family in poverty.

Nice warm sentiment. Who could disagree? But this is the triumph of nice words, as is customary from this president, over reality.

A person who works full time at the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, earns more than the official poverty line. We can’t win “the war on poverty” until we start talking about it truthfully. See here. It’s a game played to get votes, not to actually improve anyone’s life.

Improving lives is not a game, and is done with a growing, thriving  economy that provides jobs for those who want to work, and take pride in the work they do.

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