Changing the Conversation of Poverty | Talking Points Memo

Liberals have sparked conversations about poverty for generations, often making it the centerpiece of election campaigns or of their self-identify. But economic and political realities change. America’s middle class is under assault, and the conversation must change to match the new realities. The shape of the conversation of poverty may determine whether the middle class will ally with the wealthy, putting their faith in efficient markets and going it alone, or whether they may align with the poor to support policies that make economic life more secure for both?

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