The Poor as Pawns
Dell Gines at the Urban Conservative has an intriguiging viewpoint on how the left and right are more interested in scoring partisan points about the poor in New Orleans instead of putting for solid solutions. Here is the money quote:
Through the political rhetoric designed to appease constituents, two points have noticeably occurred in the post Katrina debate. The first point is that the poor have become a pimping point by both sides, as each attempt to capitalize the death and storm based disenfranchisement of the black poor by assigning blame to the other side. The second point is that through the midst of the finger pointing and polarizing of Katrina, no relevant policy discussions or even good solid op-ed pieces in the national news, geared towards positing solutions to this thematic concentration of poverty amongst African-Americans in the inner-city.
So even as America comes together in a way they have never had before in terms of providing relief to the victims of Katrina, we must ask ourselves this…
When it is all said and done, will anyone really remember the poor or will they just continue to be used as pawns on the political chess boards of the neo-conservatives and the liberals?
I agree with Dell. Both sides are using the devastation that took place in the aftermath of Katrina just to score points. I've heard very little about how we can alleviate poverty.
And that is the problem here. Katrina revealed the fact that America, not just Democrats or just Republicans, but all of us have failed to tackle poverty.
Most of what I've heard in the last week has been nothing more than hand-wringing and moralizing. What we need are ideas. But we live in an age where there is a lot of talking (spin), but no ideas.
This has got to change. Will Katrina do that? Only if we really care about making the lives of poor Americans better and not just point fingers.