“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt.
I found this quote at the beginning of the book One Nation Underprivileged: Why American Poverty Affects Us All, by Mark R. Rank, a professor of social welfare at Washington University in St. Louis. The book looks good and I’ve ordered it, but the quote has stuck in my mind. Despite its enormous wealth, the United States seems unable to come together to find solutions to poverty in The United States. Frankly I don’t know what to say to Rochelle when she wonders how to keep working when childcare has been taken from her by government budget cuts. I don’t know where to tell her to turn. Here is a young woman trying to do everything right after some past mistakes and yet she seems never to be able to get ahead for long. What a waste for our country. Not only is a hard working person finding it almost impossible to get ahead; the effects on the next generation will be a continuation of this culture of poverty. How stupid can we, as a people, be?