It’s expensive to be poor
No politicians are not focused enough on the failing buying power for middle class and lower middle class citizens. The politicians only pander to electoral advantages. History has shown that hungry people will revolt and rightly so. I will hope more than anything that hungry people vote. I think Bob Marley knew we need redemption.
No, I don’t think they are focusing on what really matters to every day Americans. All they want is our donations which are not tax deductible! I approve of the President. He can’t make legislators do their job. They are too personally compromised, ie: stock market investments, acceptance of money from special interest groups.., etc.
I don’t think American politics will ever change. There is too much for the rich (billionaires like the Koch brothers) to loose…they are controlling the politicians. I’m emotionally tired and drained. When are we going to get a real reset???
As I look back at this week, it so obviously clear a majority of politicians only care about themselves. So sad to see that some of these lawmakers have become wealthy while in Congress. Of course they will never pass legislation to stop this money grab. So, to answer your question, no, politicians are not focused enough on the daily challenges so many Americans are facing today!!!
Seeing Cancun Cruz checking his social media, while doing his job, was unbelievable!!! But not surprising.
Your shows yesterday and today were wonderful. You always keep us so well informed, and make us laugh. Your Melber quote on Cruz "We out here in the streets, doing it for the tweets", was so funny, I was sharing it all day!!!😂 Thanks Ari, enjoy your weekend!!!🙏
First of all, still reading closely - keep the rhetorical questions coming! They make us think about the multiple facets involved in decision making. Or at least how busy your head is : ).
The questions you pose speak to the effectiveness of our legislative branch. Plenty of our politicians are focused on Americans’ daily challenges, but what do we do with a paralyzed senate?
Most politicians are way above the average income. They hire maids and personal shoppers, and float on schmoozing those who curry their favors (lobbyists). They are so removed from the working class, they've forgotten we exist, unless we somehow have an incident they can use for PR coverage ( disasters, kids in hospitals, etc).
And, they are constantly 'soothed' by vacations, their income bracket brethren, and their investments so they don't have to consider their wealth exists from the layers of poor underneath them; they look up instead, and grouse over those who have even more excess than they do. This issue is now global, not just in America.
However, while they ignore reality, the ability of the planet to continue human life forwards is shortening. Yet they have children and ignore the tower is built on sand. Very perplexing.
Yes being a single parent back in the day I had to suck up my breath and muster all the energy I had t o make ends meet ! It always felt as though I could never do enough yet I persevered! However making ends meet was the light at the end of the cave 🙏
What keeps most of us going, with all that's going on, is the thought "What would it be like if the prior "POTUS" was still in office???" Chilling.
Ari, thank you for writing on the topic of poverty. I am happy to see you taking on the subject, and hope that you will delve deeper into systemic socioeconomic inequality. We are working tirelessly within government at a local level to improve access, but even then it can feel futile sometimes (especially here in DC.) If you ever want to chat about how disability policy plays into this I would be happy to chat. I can also put you in touch with friends and colleagues who work within this space when it comes to incarceration and second look policies. Shabbat shalom!
Income equality is the root of our problems. Homelessness, hunger, crime ( theft, guns, illegal drugs, identity theft, overcrowded prisons…….) We mistakenly blame other countries on drug trafficking, the problem is with Americans demand for them and often it’s to escape life when you have NOTHING. Sex trafficking, same thing, the poverty stricken are lured into a horrible life to satisfy wealthy peoples pleasures. I’m not opposed to capitalism but it must be equalized with social programs. The United States of America has been a failure since it’s inception. We have still yet to see, Liberty and Justice for ALL. Thank you Ari for always recognizing the Truth.
politicians have no idea what it's like to live on a budget. I think they need to have a term limit for all senators, congressman etc. Once that limit is reached they need to go get a real job and have to work for a paycheck. No more huge homes with staff, no personally owns cruise ships, 10 vacation homes etc. I also get tired of hearing how bad President Biden is doing. That's just B.S. For gosh sake he's doing well, considering all the restoring he's had to do to fix what trump screwed up. If he wasn't lying, stealing, trying to kill us with covid-19, and then being stupid enough to think he would be re-elected. NOT...... I thank god President Bidan was elected, After 5 years I finally feel like I can sleep without night mares. Yeah!! But still counting every penny, but hopefully that will get better. Plus, I also have to give Ari and MCNBC a BIG thank you for all the truthful reporting that has put my mind at ease. Have a great weekend Ari. aka QT.
Short answer NO! We have left the poor behind and blamed many of them for their own plight. The rich want to rant about people should “get to work” “get a job!” This is the public service announcement of celebrities such as Kim Kardasian. I don’t believe she is too far from echoing how our politicians feel about their low income to poor constituents. It is easier and some how more humane to help the poor in third world countries then the citizens of our own country.
Do politicians care, it seems they don’t. As they try to create laws that strip the poor of their last bastion of trying to help their situations; the right to vote for a better government. To vote for, just maybe, a government that looks like them, who can understand what they are living through, and who can fight to enact laws that help lift them out of poverty. Now that would be a government that works for the poor, for the people, for our country!🇺🇸✌🏽🙏🏽
Have a great weekend Ari! Also, have a great Birthday next week. I wish that for you now cause I am off to the Dominican for some relaxation!🏝🏝🥰
I was once there too. I'm eighty-six years old now and saved every cent that I could throughout my life including refunds. I learned about compound interest and investing. I worked all my life as a nurse and was frugal in how I lived. Today, I'm in a good place and contribute what I can to the politicians and organizations that I deem worthy. But things are different these days. It's harder now, and I worry for my grandkids who have to face such a future.
I’m all about bob marley and his lyrics ! Timely succinct and straight to the heart ❤️ check out Lisa Meridith Huebert. She dances a story about how we are all owned by by ginormous entities named Blackrock and Vangaurd 🤗🤔
Good article Ari— the GOP, certainly does not care about all the things you list and actually cultivate it for political gain. I hesitated to write this as I do not include you in my observation. Yes, things are not great right now, on one level, BUT, things are not as bad as the majority of the media reports incessantly. Anyone with any iota of history knows that periods like this- and worse- have happened many times … and they survived as we will too. Ari, you and those that precede (Nicole only) and follow you give balanced reporting. I do not want sugar coated news, neither do I want all gloom and doom. There are times one does not see the light at the end of the tunnel but I do know that if one walks forward enough with head held high, that light will appear. Keep up your balanced reporting Ari.
Good evening Ari! Yes it is very exhausting and the politicians don't care about the challenges that we, the American people, face on a daily basis. But Ari, as Senator Cory Booker said at the confirmation hearing of Judge Jackson: "I am not going to let Satan steal my joy". I pray you have a great weekend doing whatever bring you your greatest joy. You certainly deserve it! I love you Ari and Gog bless!!!!
Let's talk about one politician in particular for a moment. I hate to do so, actually, but she makes my point every day. Marjorie Taylor Greene.
Ms. Greene has sponsored or co-sponsored several bills during her time in Congress. Most, I believe, are direct attacks on those who irritate her. For example, she has sponsored multiple bills to impeach President Biden. Just because. She's sponsored bills to remove Maxine Waters as Chair of the Financial Services Committee and to expel Ms. Waters from Congress. She has also introduced a "Fire Fauci" bill.
On the flip-side, she introduced a bill to award Kyle Rittenhouse the Congressional Gold Medal. My mind gets muddled when I try to recall her logic behind this one, though. Ms. Greene has also introduced legislation - a lot of legislation - to protect 2nd Amendment Rights in one form or another, including a bill to abolish the ATF (they irritate her).
One of her main goals (because she HATES government interference in our everyday lives) is to make abortion illegal throughout the United States. I'm not arguing for or against abortion here. My point is that while she advocates overturning Roe -v- Wade, Ms. Greene also does not want the United States government paying for childcare, housing, medical care, or schooling (because you know there are sick bastards out there everywhere trying to fill the minds of 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds with critical race theory and telling them it's okay to be gay). She does not think it is the purview of our government to help pay to raise the children she would force women to carry to term.
I think our representatives and senators should be made to go back to their districts on a monthly basis with a report of everything they have done to earn their salaries in the last 30 days. Once their constituents can see their representatives and senators are doing nothing for them, things may begin to change. We do not need people like Marjorie Taylor Greene, Lauren Boebert, Matt Gaetz, Ted Cruz, or Josh Hawley vying for the title "Biggest Asshole of the [Senate/House] on our dimes. Because times are difficult, and we don't have enough dimes to waste on garbage.
I, too, am glad Joe Biden was elected. The economy does better under Democratic leadership, and that's just a fact. Biden's doing a masterful job with the Ukraine crisis, and he has done a great job with the pandemic. The country has opened up again. Kids are in school. There are still a LOT of problems to be solved, but Rome wasn't built in a day, and every one of us has to do our part to help. That includes (and probably starts with) electing responsible legislators.