Poverty is too easy to lose sight of in the 2020 campaign

Poverty is too easy to lose sight of in the 2020 campaign

I was missing the point. You can get so caught up in the minutiae that you lose sight of the big picture. Which is that more than 50 years after Martin Luther King Jr. spearheaded the first Poor People’s Campaign, nobody’s really talking about poverty anymore. Candidates talk about protecting the middle class, but only a few address the nearly 140 million Americans (more than 43% of the population) who can’t cover basic living expenses.

The incomes of the top 1% of Iowans grew by 125% between 1979 and 2012, while those of the bottom 99% saw a 15 percent increase, according to the PPC, a national movement organized by religious and civil rights leaders and poor people. It has issued  a “Poor People’s Moral Budget” that identifies a potential $350 billion in savings from annual military cuts and $886 billion in additional annual revenue from taxing the wealthy, corporations, and Wall Street. It plans a presence in Des Moines during next week’s Democratic debate.

via desmoinesregiste Poverty is too easy to lose sight of in the 2020 campaign