by Evan McMurry December
On ABC’s This Week With George Stephanopoulos, a discussion on the flagging war on poverty turned into a debate between former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich over the partisan sources of income inequality, with Gingrich claiming that Democratic-controlled cities were abscesses of poverty.
“The war on poverty was successful for a time, but what has happened, however, over the last twenty yards was much of the ardor, much of the concern, much of what propelled that war on poverty has dissipated,” Reich said. “I think it has something to do, perhaps, with the intransigence of the speaker’s party. Every time there was a jobs bill, every time there was an effort to expand low income housing, every time there was an effort to provide better opportunities for young people—”
“This is baloney,” Gingrich interrupted. “Every major city which is a center of poverty is run by Democrats. Their policies have failed, and the fact is it’s the poor who have suffered.”
Reich objected that New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was not a Democrat…..This Appeared Here……
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