Financial “experts” on television and in blogs admonish young adults and baby boomers to be responsible and frugal and save for their retirement. These generally wealthy financial advisers are miles away from the overwhelming majority of Americans of all ages, who struggle on a daily basis to pay for basic necessities such as food, housing, transportation and healthcare.
Prominent activists and human rights leaders also participated in the march on Saturday which was part of a weeks-long campaign to raise awareness about the plight of Americans living in poverty.
It isn’t because we are poor as a nation. It is because our abundant wealth is held in the hands of the few and spent on war and militarism. As Rev. Barber observed regarding the most recent spending bill Congress passed, “The Republicans are bragging about doing right by the military and the Democrats are bragging about doing right by the middle class and no one is talking about the poor.”
(16.4.2018) Research shows that work requirements for welfare don’t work. In reality, most people who receive benefits are already working, as we’ve previously reported here.
The move is the latest step in the administration’s effort to require low-income Americans to work for their federal benefits.