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Letter: Do we have the will to end poverty?

Posted: July 2, 2018 7:31 a.m.
Updated: July 3, 2018 1:00 a.m.

It took a 1971 bill, sponsored by the Democrats, to help protect Social Security to keep the elderly from being the poorest segment of the country’s population. It was a time of change for the better in a world that was resistant to change.

Their opponents were vicious in their grip of an old order, but they pushed forward, relegating our fears to the background in pursuit of liberty. They had to trust in the higher power that had inspired those aspirations in the first place.

At the national level, we should act boldly. Social Security and Medicare have dramatically reduced poverty among the elderly. With a job-guarantee policy, a Medicare for all program and a $15 minimum wage, debt free college and affordable child care, we could slash poverty -- a society cancer -- open up opportunity for all Americans and lift hope across this great country.

We have the resources; the question is whether we have the will. Our children and grandchildren will be the winners.

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