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Saturday, June 21, 2008

Obama, McCain and Poverty In America



OK Folks you know I support Barack Obama for President right? And we all know Sen. Barack Obama defied history, becoming the first African-American candidate to head a major party ticket and having a viable chance of becoming the real first Black President of the United States. Now it's not only time for Barack Obama to choose a running mate, it's also time for him and the Republican nominee to really address poverty in America, Black Unemployment, Crime and Punishment in America, and a number of other issues impacting African American communities across America. As Hazel Trice Edney, NNPA Editor-in-Chief has noted in her recent article, The day after presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama announced his historic victory, the monthly jobs report showed the African-American jobless rate as being once again higher than all other racial. read More HERE.

AAPP: Maybe, just maybe it's time for the cadidates to reall address poverty in America. Now I remember last year when as reported by the blog Open Left, Senator Obama gave a speech in Washington, D.C., in which he outlined a $6 billion agenda to fight the problem of urban poverty in America.

Like Max Fletcher wrote in Open left the plan was quite bold and comprehensive, and as is often the case with detailed policy proposals, has been difficult for reporters and the average American to digest and analyze beyond dollar figures and catch phrases.

Maybe Barack can spell out how he plans to address poverty in America without those Harvard University words like Family-based Progressivism attributed to Obama and Policy Director Karen Kornbluh. Here is more of Barack Obama's Urban Poverty Plan
. I plan to read and make sense of this document and give my thoughts on this blog. Maybe Barack Obama needs to have more black folks on his policy team that can provide clearer definition to his current plans.

I wonder what the John McCain plan is to address poverty in America?


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