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Saturday, September 19, 2009

John Edwards Mentioned Positively in a New Poverty Book

A book called Breadline USA: The Hidden Scandal of American Hunger and How to Fix It was published in June. My institution bought a copy and I thumbed through it. Sure enough, on pages 156-7, JRE is mentioned twice.

The context is about pensions (and folks getting cheated out of them when companies declared bankruptcy) within a chapter entitled, "Elderly, Angry, and Looking for Work."

First quote:

"And while leading Democrats, such as ex-Senator John Edwards had long pushed for a reform of the bankruptcy process that better protected workers' pensions and prevented the executives of bankrupt companies from walking away with multimillion-dollar handouts, the Bush White House wasn't interested in such safeguards."

Second quote:

"During his campaign for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination, John Edwards claimed that from 2005 through early 2008 nearly two-thirds of US companies had frozen their pension plans, and one in five workers had actually seen reductions in the size of their eventual retirement benefits. This trends was a startling reversal of three quarters of a century of government policy aimed to shore up and protect the nation's pension systems."

The point here is that our elderly got ripped off and had to go to Wal-Mart or some where else to earn extra money. (link to Amazon copy)

You know, I bet this nonsense is still going on and no one is paying attention to it, even with a centrist administration.

I sure miss his voice. I think Earl Ofari Hutchinson did too when he penned his piece this week, "Poverty Is Still a Dirty Word."

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  • Poverty has never been a "winning" issue for a politician. They give it lip service during a campaign but always have an excuse of other critical issues to address once they are in the position of governing. The "have nots" don't vote so the politicians aren't going to be penalized for not fulfilling their promises. The "haves" who do vote have their consciences assuaged the candidate meant well but then move on.

    As for Edwards' voice, it has been permanently silenced. As the sickening details of the affair and the extent of the cover up trickle out (see New York Times), he is more of a laughingstock. Perhaps he is trying to blunt the impact of the announcement when it is made but ultimately the details only reinforce the image so many held of Edwards as an opportunistic fraud.

    One can only hope future politicians who may have good intentions won't shy away from taking up the cause of fighting poverty for fear of being portrayed as John Edwards.

    By Blogger indyvoter, at 12:55 PM  

  • Sickening is a kind way to describe this sordid mess.

    If the delay in the announcement is consideration of Elizabeth's feelings, it's the first and possibly only time Edwards has done so and that's good.

    I feel bad for Elizabeth that her husband keeps raining on her parade. Each time I see a positive article ( it seems to be followed by more trash about her husband.

    May Elizabeth have a miracle, either a disappearance of her cancer or a cure for her and others in a similar situation, so she has a long, happy, healthy life with her children, extended family and friends!

    By Blogger Anonymous, at 2:12 PM  

  • No woman will ever love John Edwards the way Elizabeth has but he puts her last on the list of considerations.

    As if he hasn't caused her and her children enough pain with his betrayal, each new revelation is reopening the wounds and pouring salt into them. Every time he has any contact with his mistress, he is stabbing his family in the back yet again. Can he really not think of them while he's talking to or seeing her? Does he truly have no conscience or shame? Unbelievable!

    Is Young going to tell how much money he received to arrange for Edwards and Hunter to get together, to sign an affidavit saying he was the father, to take Hunter in, etc. in the cover up? Hunter's no better. Amazing people will sell their souls to fatten a bank account. Do they worship money so much or value themselves so little?

    I hope Elizabeth does have a long happy life and outlives them all! She is the only adult involved and deserves better.

    By Blogger JeanLouise, at 6:26 PM  

  • Hunter and daughter photographed again She seems to enjoy torturing Elizabeth. She must not realize she's torturing Elizabeth's children too and making sure they'll never accept her in their lives. (Good for them.) She'd better watch out for the bad karma she's creating!

    By Blogger JeanLouise, at 5:02 PM  

  • Benny,
    I just wanted to say that I have followed your blog throughout the 2008 campaign, and always look forward to your posts. Thank you for keeping things positive. I know it can't be easy these days. The day JRE withdrew I felt like (this will sound hokey) my heart was broken, and everything that has happened since hasn't helped. Your posts are just about the only place I can read something positive. I really appreciate it.

    By Blogger steelgoat, at 8:20 PM  

  • The grace and generosity of Elizabeth Edwards continues as she works to help others: Go Public with cancer and Faces of a Healthy Future Conference.
    What a remarkable person!

    By Blogger indyvoter, at 9:38 AM  

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