Quote of the Day – October 3, 2012
A few months ago, anticipating that the presidential campaigns would fail to focus in any substantive way on the record levels of poverty now plaguing the country, The Nation kicked off a campaign to push the candidates to think and talk about this issue.
To date, Peter Edelman, Mariana Chilton, Jessica Bartholow, Tim Casey and Lisalyn Jacobs have offered twenty-one questions, which—if the candidates were to respond directly to them—would give voters a much deeper understanding of poverty in this country and the next president’s vision for taking it on.
[Here is one sample question for candidates taken from the list provided in this article:]
8. Government statistics show that 106 million people with incomes below twice the poverty line—below about $46,000 for a family of four. This reflects the large number of low-wage jobs in the nation. What will you do to increase the income of these people who are struggling to make ends meet every month?
-Excerpted from Greg Kaufmann’s article, “#TalkPoverty: Thirteen Questions for the First Presidential Debate” originally published on The Nation website.