As we look forward to President Obama’s address to Congress this coming Tuesday evening (the annual State of the Union speech) we know some of the things he’ll discuss. There will be talk of tragic gun violence, of the economy, of immigration – all fairly predictable, and all important.
What he isn’t likely to mention is poverty. Prior to the Reagan era, poverty was something Democrats actively discussed. LBJ’s “War on Poverty” was one of the last “wars” against an amorphous domestic scourge that was generally successful. But since the 1980’s successful political leaders have chosen to whistle past the graveyard regarding our poor and starving neighbors.
In the next few days I’ll begin a series of longer posts about American poverty in hopes of at least generating conversation about it. I hope you’ll join me.