Career Calling

January 20, 2012

Myths about the Working Poor

Writing at Common Dreams, Bill Quigley, a law professor at Loyola University New Orleans, examines 8 myths and truths about the working poor.  His first point is striking:  10 million Americans are employed and still living below the poverty line.  I won’t go over the other myths which can be found at this link.

Too many politicians, not all Republicans, demonize poor people.  Those same politicians often claim to be followers of Jesus, a man who taught his follower to feed the hungry, cure the sick, and clothe the naked.  Somewhere, thinking in this country has gone off the rails.  I will happily pay more taxes if they are going to people in need.  Instead, our taxes are diverted to corporations and subsidies for the wealthy.  We do need a revolution, but, as the Dalai Lama has said, it will not be a revolution of politics or economics.  It will be a revolution of values – morality.

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