February 4, 2021
Poverty and Impoverished Thinking
In a New York Times article yesterday, Nicholas Kristof commented that the U.S. has one of highest rates of child poverty in the advanced world and that 12 million American kids live in households that lack food. Yet the ten “moderate” Republican senators urging Biden to cooperate with Republicans in scaling back proposed pandemic relief want him to drop the provisions targeted at reducing child poverty.
It’s hard to comprehend the callousness of this kind of thinking, the product of the same minds that rammed through the lavish tax cuts and tax breaks for the rich and especially the super rich in 2017.