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Tavis Smiley & Cornel West on "The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto"

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Published on Apr 19, 2012

DemocracyNow.org - The latest census data shows nearly one in two Americans, or 150 million people, have fallen into poverty — or could be classified as low income. We're joined by Dr. Cornel West and Tavis Smiley, who continue their efforts to spark a national dialogue on the poverty crisis with the new book, "The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto." Smiley, an award-winning TV and radio broadcaster, says President Obama has failed to properly tackle poverty. "There seems to be a bipartisan consensus in Washington that the poor just don't matter. President Obama is a part of that," Smiley says. "I take nothing away from his push on healthcare, but jobs for every American should have been priority number one." West, a professor of religion and African American studies at Princeton University, says that after the historic U.S. struggles against monarchy, slavery and institutionalized racism, "the issue today is oligarchy. Poverty is the new slavery, oligarchs are the new kings — the new heads of this structure of domination."

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