Strangely, on hearing the figure 150 million poor people, my first reaction was, well this is China and 150 million is not that much considering the country has 1.38 billion people. Of course, had it been China, the figure would have been much higher. Still, it is not China, it is the United States and 150 million represents one in two Americans.
Moreover, we might wonder what the reaction might be in China if Wen Jinbao or Hu Jintao were to say, as Mick Romney does, “I am not concerned about the very poor”, and more or less indicate that talking about the poor is for the Democrats.
Unfortunately, as Tavis Smiley and Cornel West reveal, talking a great deal about the poor is not something the Democrats are likely to do, or if they do talk the talk, they most certainly don’t walk the walk, which is not only evidenced by the fact that none of the three presidential debates between Obama and McCain mentioned the poor or poverty even once, but also by Obama’s policies since being elected.