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Washington Post: Obama’s Call to Action on Poverty

Some anti-child-poverty advocates are disappointed that President Obama didn’t call for a National Commission on Children as they’d hoped. But there is no denying that he heard their call for more attention to the plight of poor children and their families. For while the State of the Union was geared toward “a rising, thriving middle class,” ensuring that the poor with the gumption to strive for the middle class have the pathways to get there was a key part of his address.


When he said, “[A] full-time worker making the minimum wage earns $14,500 a year,” the enhanced presentation noted that “A parent needs to earn at least $23,550 to raise a family of four above the poverty line.” And when Obama said, “America is not a place where the chance of birth or circumstance should decide our destiny…[T]hat’s why we need to build new ladders of opportunity into the middle class for all who are willing to climb them,” a chart with data from the Pew Charitable Trust appeared. “[Forty-two] percent of American children who are born to the parents on the bottom rungs of the income ladder will stay there.”

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