President Barack Obama

The Washington Post, December 13, 2012: (Op-Ed) The overlooked plight of black males

"Our politics moves from budget showdown to cultural conflict to trivial controversy while carefully avoiding the greatest single threat to the unity of America: the vast, increasing segregation of young, African American men and boys from the promise of their country."

CNN, November 05, 2012: Election 2012: What about the poor?

"One wants to strengthen the nation's existing safety net. The other wants to overhaul it. President Obama and challenger Mitt Romney have vastly different views on how to help the 46.2 million Americans in poverty and the more than 30 million people who are near poor. The president leans toward expanding the programs that exist, while the Republicans say they will set up a system that fosters economic opportunity instead of government dependency."

CNN, November 02, 2012: (Op-Ed) President Barack Obama: My vision for America

"Change is an America where we reduce our deficit by cutting spending where we can, and asking the wealthiest Americans to go back to the income tax rates they paid when Bill Clinton was president. I've worked with Republicans to cut a trillion dollars of spending, and I'll do more. I'll work with anyone of any party to move this country forward. But I won't agree to eliminate health insurance for millions of poor, elderly, or disabled on Medicaid, or turn Medicare into a voucher just to pay for another millionaire's tax cut."

The Washington Times, November 02, 2012: (Editorial) 7.9 percent

“Neither the quantity nor the quality of jobs being created in the present ‘recovery’ are reason for optimism. Too many of the jobs created in the last two months have been either part-time, or positions to fill the needs of the holiday retail season. Part-time jobs rarely lift a household out of poverty, and poverty rates are already at the highest rate in decades.”

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, November 02, 2012: Medicaid, the quiet giant of health care debate

“Medicaid, which covers low-income families with children under 19 as well as the elderly and disabled who are impoverished, has received far less attention in the presidential campaign than Medicare. But Medicaid, which costs about $400 billion a year, provides health care for more people - roughly 1 million in Wisconsin and more than 60 million nationwide.”

The Nation, November 01, 2012: (Blog) #TalkPoverty: The Obama Campaign Responds

"At the outset of the #TalkPoverty effort, I promised to hound both campaigns for answers. In the end, it didn’t really require hounding as far as the Obama campaign was concerned—they agreed to respond when I first contacted them."

Tampa Bay Times, November 01, 2012: (Op-Ed) Adam Putnam repeats long-disproved Obama cellphone myth

“There is, in fact, a government program that provides discounted phone service to low-income people, depending on where participants live, through Federal Communications Commission programs. Lifeline provides discounts on basic monthly phone service, according to the FCC website.”

Town Hall, October 29, 2012: (Op-Ed) Romney, Not Obama, Shows Concern For Nation's Poor

"There's an odd imbalance that few have noticed in this presidential campaign. In the midst of a continuing economic downturn, one candidate talks regularly about poverty, and the other doesn't. The one who does is the Republican, Mitt Romney."

The Washington Post, October 25, 2012: (Blog) Paul Ryan strikes out on poverty

“But the budgetary plans of Romney and Ryan are the cause of great concern. Their plans to slash federal assistance programs and turn some into block grants have anti-poverty advocates worried that the safety net would be shredded and put the nation’s future at risk.”

The Washington Post, October 25, 2012: (Op-Ed) An appeal to America’s heart

“Ryan’s answer was serious without being comprehensive. He was strongest on the need for education reform in mediocre schools that routinely betray poor and minority children. Ryan correctly criticized welfare policies that encourage dependence and undermine family commitments.”

The Philadelphia Inquirer, October 25, 2012: The poor largely forgotten as a presidential campaign issue

“Neither President Barack Obama nor Mitt Romney has said very much during the presidential campaign about helping the poor. There may be a good reason for that: Elections are won by appealing to the middle class, not the impoverished.”

The Philadelphia Inquirer, October 24, 2012: The poor largely forgotten as a presidential campaign issue

“Neither President Obama nor Mitt Romney has said very much during the presidential campaign about helping the poor. There may be a good reason for that: Elections are won by appealing to the middle class, not the impoverished.”

The Washington Times, October 22, 2012: (Op-Ed) Spiraling state of welfare spending

“According to Mr. Rector, roughly 100 million people - one-third of the U.S. population - receive aid from at least one means-tested welfare program each month. Average annual benefits come to around $9,000 per recipient.

The Nation, October 19, 2012: (Op-Ed) What We Talk About When We Talk About Poverty

“He’s right that poverty rates go down for two-parent families. It’s also true that they go down for two-earner families: only 4 percent of households with more than one earner are in poverty, as compared to 24 percent of households with a single earner, according to a report last year from Half in Ten. Marriage isn’t the only route to two incomes (nor does marriage always result in two incomes). The Romney-Ryan ticket and the GOP might want to reconsider, for example, their opposition to investing in job training programs that can lead to good jobs for young people and a path to the middle class.”

The Washington Times, October 18, 2012: Welfare spending jumps 32% during Obama’s presidency

“Federal welfare spending has grown by 32 percent over the past four years, fattened by President Obama's stimulus spending and swelled by a growing number of Americans whose recession-depleted incomes now qualify them for public assistance, according to numbers released Thursday.”

The Washington Post, October 16, 2012: Missing from the presidential race: The one in six Americans living in poverty

“And Obama? Unlike Romney, he did respond to advocates who had asked the candidates to detail their anti-poverty plans in writing. But on the stump, he usually alludes to the poor only in passing, too - when he praises Social Security for keeping 20 million older Americans out of poverty every year.”

Los Angeles Times, October 16, 2012: (Op-Ed) Poor go unheard in presidential race

“If you've been following the presidential campaign, you might easily have gotten the impression that the poor no longer exist. The word "poverty" was mentioned once in the first debate between President Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney. Together, the two candidates made 29 references to the middle class. And in Tuesday's debate, I lost count after Romney reeled off more than half-a-dozen references in a single answer.”

The Boston Globe, October 16, 2012: Ohio’s poor say Obama, Romney ignoring their plight

“As President Obama and Mitt Romney crisscross Ohio this month, Howell has watched in disappointment the two tangling over foreign affairs, the economy, and taxes on the middle class and the rich. There's been scant talk, he said, about improving the lives of America's poor.”

The Washington Post, October 16, 2012: (Blog) Obama breaks silence on child poverty

"'This is the first time in this campaign that either candidate has specifically addressed how to combat child poverty this campaign,' said Redlener of the Children’s Health Fund. Noting that Romney declined to answer, Redlener continued, 'Whoever prevails in November, there is no escaping the fact that investing in children is essential to the economic well-being of the U.S.'"

NPR, October 15, 2012: Candidates' Views On Poverty Get Little Attention

“Her group and other anti-poverty advocates are so frustrated by the candidates' lack of attention to the topic, they've launched a Twitter campaign with the hashtag ‘#talkpoverty.’ They're trying to get someone to ask the presidential candidates in the debates what they would do to reduce childhood poverty in their first 100 days.”

Des Moines Register, October 13, 2012: (Op-Ed) Obama puts the poor at risk

“Honorable people can disagree on whether our safety net is lavish or not. It is surely at risk, but not because of the Paul Ryan budget, which proposes spending at a higher level than George W. Bush's last budget (the same one Barack Obama blasted as being ‘unpatriotic’ for its excess). The safety net is at grave risk because we can't sustain Obama's spending habits.”

The New York Times, October 10, 2012: This Election, a Stark Choice in Health Care

“Private health plans will start enrolling people in October 2013. The result, according to the Congressional Budget Office, is that 30 million uninsured people will eventually gain coverage. To help them afford it, the federal government would subsidize private insurance premiums for people with incomes up to four times the federal poverty level ($92,200 for a family of four). And it would expand Medicaid to cover more poor people, including many adults without children.”

The Boston Globe, October 10, 2012: Future seniors may see benefits tied to means testing

“Mitt Romney wants to save Social Security and Medicare partly by cutting benefits for higher- income recipients. President Obama also sees wealthy Americans as part of the solution but suggests instead raising their premiums or payroll taxes. The fact that both presidential candidates back some form of so-called ‘means testing’ suggests that millions of future seniors will probably end up paying more, or getting fewer benefits no matter who wins the White House.”

ABC News, October 10, 2012: Veteran Debater Joe Biden Readies for Vice Presidential Debate

"'Like President Obama, Vice President Biden will use the upcoming debate as an opportunity to speak directly to the American people about what’s at stake for the middle class in this election,' a campaign official said. 'He will continue to drive home the specific plans he and the president have to keep strengthening our economy and the middle class.'"

The Philadelphia Daily News, October 08, 2012: (Op-Ed) Why Simpson-Bowles is bad for you - and for America

“They pointed to Simpson and Bowles' call for a reduction in Social Security benefits, even though Social Security is a pay-as-you-go insurance program that by law cannot add to the deficit. A proposed cost-of-living adjustment sounds benign but would represent 3 percent less for seniors to live on. The normal retirement age would be raised gradually to 69, even though low-income Americans' life expectancy isn't increasing.”

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