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America ignores its poor

In case Pope Francis is not effective in witnessing in the U.S. for the poor, perhaps something can be done to wake up Americans to their insensitivity to millions of underserved people in their midst.  We have been led to believe that we have no obgligation to help them, and that they are poor because they do not want to work. We have drunk the greedy Kool-Aid and believe what we have been told by our "leaders' from both political parties.  We have been in denial far too long.  The poor and underserved in the U.S. need a voice.

"America is an enormous frosted cupcake in the middle of millions of starving people." -Gloria Steinem

"The worst country to be poor in is America." -Arnold Toynbee

"The big majority of Americans, who are comparatively well off, have developed an ability to have enclaves of people living in the greatest misery without almost noticing them." -Gunnar Myrdal

"I have the impression that when we talk so confidently of liberty, we are unaware of the awful servitude... of poverty when means are so small that there is literally no choice." -Barbara Ward

"You don't have to look for distress; it is screaming at you!" -Samuel Beckett

"Modern poverty is not the poverty that was blest in the Sermon on the Mount." -Geo. Bernard Shaw

"Poverty is an anomaly to rich people; it is very difficult to make out why people who want dinner do not ring the bell." -Walter Bagehot

"You never find people laboring to convince you that you may live very happily upon a plentiful income." -Samuel Johnson

"Callous greed grows pious very fast." -Lillian Hellman

"We have among us a class of mammon worshippers, whose one test of conservatism or radicalism is the attitude one takes with respect to accumulated wealth.  Whatever tends to preserve the wealth of the wealthy is called conservatism, and whatever favors anything else, no matter what, they call socialism." -Richard T. Ely

And to those who think we are being un-American when we welcome and support poor immigrants, would these patriotic Americans read the inscription on the Statue of Liberty:

"Give me your tired, your poor, / Your huddled masses, yearning to breath free, / The wretched refuse of your teeming shore, / Send these, the homeless, temptest tost to me, / I lift my lamp beside the golden door."  -Emma Lazarus

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