There seems to be a convergence of thinking around poverty in America. A recent release of census data shows that in 2005, the gap between rich and poor continued to widen in America, leaving more of us than ever feeling the economic vulnerability that comes of high health care costs, inflated housing, and rental prices, and an economy where it seems that all of us are working more and more while having less to show for it.
The May issue of The American Prospect is a special issue on poverty and outlines some of the best thinking available on how to address the structural realities of poverty in the United States.
Not since the Great Depression have so many Americans felt the effects of an economic system that has ceased to serve the needs of the many. We are advised to stop talking so much about the needs of special populations and to start talking about the need for change that we all hold in common: health care reform, a strengthened education system, federal policy that supports rather than undermines the bargaining power of labor, job creation and training, etc.
For a summary of the key arguments and links to more information, see the late-April American Prospect posting on my blog (apesmaslament.blogspot.com). These are the times when real change is possible. Let’s make the most of it.