Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Reich Counters Gingrich On Poverty And Income Inequality

Participating in an ABC panel discussion, former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich (D) explained to former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R) that Republican intransigence has "something to do" with poverty worsening: "...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 — We’re talking about equal opportunity…” Gingrich called Reich's arguments "baloney" and said, “Every major city which has a center of poverty is run by Democrats. Every major city. Their policies have failed, they’re not willing to admit it, and the fact is it’s the poor who suffer.” Reich countered by referring to growing national income inequality and a lack of government action: "First of all, [former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg] is not a Democrat. What’s happening in America is happening all over America. And it is happening in a way that has to do with the fact that wages, median wages, are going nowhere and rents are going up. And there’s absolutely no response in Washington or elsewhere. Newt, I’m surprised you are not taking responsibility here.” Watch:


Michael J. Mand said...

Gingrich started to make a good point, but his incorrect historical perspective took him off-course. And his lack of compassion stands out.

BTW, I wonder what Cokie Roberts was trying to say?

Jeff Tone said...

The Republicans often say that they care about those who are struggling, but their support for tax cuts for the wealthy and opposition to a minimum wage rise, health care reform and a jobs program, among other stances, belie their supposed concern.

I'm not a Cokie Roberts fan, but she was treated rudely. The moderator didn't enable her to speak.