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The Moral Issue Of Our Times

Reported by Deborah - April 15, 2005

John Edwards, in a taped interview, spoke with Alan Colmes tonight on H&C about his campaign to help the 36 million people in this country living in poverty. Edwards stated that this is the "moral issue of our time" adding that because most of these people don't vote or get involved in political campaigns, they are often ignored.

Edwards grew up in poverty and his experiences have motivated him to devote himself to this issue. Colmes asked him if the root cause of poverty was lack of motivation or societal. Edwards explained that all of the poverty stricken people he has met want to work and live a life of dignity.

Edwards had a brilliantly simple plan to ease some of the hardships of children born into poverty. He proposes a one time $500. "baby bond" given to each child at birth which can't be cashed in until age 18. Families will have the option of adding to this amount. When a child is ready for college or vocational training at 18 the bond would be worth $40,000. Edwards proposed paying for it by eliminating the recent tax cuts for the wealthy.

comment: John Edwards is behaving like a decent human being and true Christian.It's a national disgrace to have 36 million people suffering in poverty while Tom De Lay and Co. can't even raise the minimum wage to a living wage and De Lay put his wife and daughter on the payroll for $50,000. each and then acted like 50 thousand was no big deal anyway.It's sad that many of the struggling people who could really be helped with the "baby bond" and a livable wage have voted for Bush. It's even sadder to think that John Edwards could have been our Vice President.

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