From a Nun on the Bus
Program #CAMS001. Recorded in Rochester, New York on October 05, 2016.
B.B. King sings, “Nobody likes you but your mama and she may be jiving you too.” A lot of poor people may feel that way. They are stigmatized and demonized. If they’d only go away. What’s wrong with them? Can’t they find a job or a place to live? The persistence of poverty in the U.S., perhaps the richest country in history, is a national disgrace, a shanda as they say in Yiddish. Neoliberal economic policies have produced huge inequality. Who suffers the most? Children. Almost 15 million children were poor in 2015, with more than two-thirds in working families who toil away in our low-growth, low-wage economy. A disproportionate number are Black, Latino and Native American. There’s no money to alleviate poverty, we’re told. Are you kidding? There’s plenty of dough to enrich the imperial war machine.
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