Say it with me now-"Poverty." Maybe even three times-"poverty, poverty, poverty."
Why's that so important? Because for a record 46 million Americans, including 22 percent of all children, that's what they are living in-less than $22,300 annually for a family of four. Yet in a sixty-five-minute address describing the state of the union, President Obama decided it merited barely a mention.
Here's what he had to say about poverty-don't blink, you'll miss it:
"A great teacher can offer an escape from poverty to the child who dreams beyond his circumstance."
Got that? Great teacher, poverty, child who dreams. We good?
Obama is hardly alone in his aversion to what Peter Edelman-a Georgetown Law professor and former aide to Senator Robert Kennedy-refers to as "the p-word" in his upcoming book, So Rich, So Poor. In Congress these days, most legislators will talk about the homeless if they happen to be homeless veterans, or maybe even "the most vulnerable," but it's ix-nay on the overty-pay.