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With less than three weeks to go, politicians on both sides of the aisle seem as far apart as ever over how to avoid going over the fiscal cliff. In the midst of their considerations, there’s a lot of talk about how would going over the cliff help or hurt the middle class and the wealthiest Americas. But one group that is not getting a lot of attention in the conversation is the very poor.
“Poor people are being rendered more and more invisible everyday,” says television and radio host Tavis Smiley. “Millions of Americans have already gone over the fiscal cliff. It’s not about going over a ‘cliff.’ It’s about austerity masquerading as a conversation about a so-called fiscal cliff.” (more…)
Tavis Smiley steps out of his role as talk show host and into the hot seat to discuss America’s poverty problem, holding Obama accountable and where in his own life he’s gone wrong.
Ceiling caving, cliff hanging, walls closing in — sounds like an Indiana Jones movie. Except this is real life. The real lives of millions of Americans.
First, we hit the debt ceiling. Now we’re hanging over the fiscal cliff. Next, the walls start to close in on millions of Americans, particularly the poor.
The news media is covering this story everyday as if this is some kind of “cliffhanger” when, in truth, it’s really not. I can tell you right now how this movie ends. Indiana Jones is not going to show up and save the day. Whenever this so-called “grand bargain” is reached, it may be grand for the elite, but not so much for the nation’s poor. I would love to be wrong about this, but signs point to yet another piling on of the poor. Eventually, if not immediately. (more…)