America’s War on Poverty

Aug 10, 2016Op-ed, Safety Net, Human Dignity

Paul Mero, president and CEO, recently wrote an op-ed for the Deseret News about our need to recognize the human dignity of those who are poor. Here are a couple of excerpts:

[A]t the heart of today’s strident populism is our moral abandonment of the poor. Americans give time, money and other resources to the poor but fail to provide the most important assistance: human dignity. We fail to see them as ourselves and, because we fail in this respect, the poor are effectively cast out, separated from the dignity we afford ourselves. . . .

Do you really want to heal the social divides plaguing us, from racial tensions to political incivilities? Address the disease, not just the symptoms, and “let every man esteem his brother as himself.” Aren’t we all beggars? Caring for the poor is how this nation can become one — in fact, it’s the only way.

Mero concludes by explaining that public policy must be based on the moral expression of human dignity, and that the poor must become our policy priority.

Read the whole article here.

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