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Election 2020 Forgotten Issue: Poverty

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Paying attention to the poor is necessary. Maybe in 2020 Democrats and Republicans will catch on to the huge demographic they are leaving behindthe poor have more power than assumed.

Robert S. Weiner was a Clinton and Bush White House spokesman, spokesman for the House Government Operations Committee and senior staff or Congressmen John Conyers, Charles Rangel, Claude Pepper, Ed Kock and Sen. Edward Kennedy. Kimberly Bartenfelder is a policy analyst for Robert Weiner Associates and Solutions for Change.

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Poverty has not been talked about since 1980, and even then it was about welfare queens in Cadillacs.; except when Clinton put a time limit for being poor of 5 years.

Submitted on Monday, Jun 10, 2019 at 11:21:48 PM

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According to a "Freakonomics" episode (it could actually have been a chapter in the book so maybe a decade ago) it is suppose to be much cheaper to house the homeless than it is to leave them on the streets.

There are at least a three initiatives being offered to address Poverty: Universal Basic Income, Fight for $15, and affordable housing.

Let's face it, Johnson's "War on Poverty" was a bust because it allowed voters to think of "those people" as lazy bums. Look what Reagan did with that meme -- the "Welfare Queen" driving a Cadillac and eating Lobster every night.

Tulsi Gabbard is committed to the "Fight for $15". She is also open to implementation of a Universal Basic Income. I did not find any other candidate (besides Yang) who promotes UBI. You can find a short version of what Tulsi believes about UBI here:

tulsi gabbard universal basic income

Yes Yang is bringing UBI to the forefront, but UBI alone will not address the problem of Poverty. $12,000/year is hardly enough to live on. This does not address minimum wage problems or affordable housing.

Tulsi also addresses "houselessness" here:

.tulsigabbard.org/tulsi-gabbard-on-houselessness

and here on her website for the HI-2 congressional district:

.votetulsi.com/node/25014

There is an article on "medium" that attacks Tulsi for supporting the "right-wing" version of UBI. Since there is no definition of what is "good enough", this attack is (yet another) specious attack on her.

Yang's proposal (right now) is $12,000/year still leaving the recipient in poverty.

The point is, just because you don't hear the word "poverty" it does not follow that these conditions are not being addressed.

Tulsi Gabbard is addressing poverty.

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Tulsi is being silenced by the "establishment" as she is bringing up the reality that the masses aren't supposed to be thinking about meaningless illegal invasions of sovereign nations and how they negatively impact our quality of life while making us less safe and secure.

She is showing her resolve by sticking with her message in spite of the smearing campaign against her and the people are beginning to get behind her. There was a "Town Hall" in NYC where thousands showed up resulting in her holding two sessions because the hall wasn't big enough for them all. Of course, no media coverage on that.

Tulsi is the one candidate who understands the plight of our population and is willing to put the people ahead of the established "system".

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