December 13, 2011

Granderson: Gingrich Has it Wrong About the Poor

LZ Granderson, responding to Newt Gingrich's assertion (CBS News) that residents of poor neighborhoods lack a sound work ethic for CNN Opinion:

“When I was growing up in Detroit, it never occurred to me to equate a person’s net worth with his or her worth as a person, or look at it as a snapshot of a value system. No one around me did. That’s because we saw so many people working hard for a better life. With that as your backdrop, it is hard to see poor as a four-letter word.”

Gingrich is campaigning not for the presidency these days, but for the GOP nomination to run for the presidency. Maybe his arguments ring true for Republicans. I can't believe they will for the bulk of US voters during the general election campaign.

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