Right after taking his comically over-sized gavel, Speaker of the House John Boehner stated, “Hard work and tough decisions will be required of the 112th Congress. No longer can we fall short. No longer can we kick the can down the road. The people voted to end business as usual and today we begin to carry out their instructions.”(Tina Dupuy, Cagle Post)
According to recent Rasmussen Reports,
the American voters are still waiting for the hard work and tough decisions of the Congress to begin, as they continuously fall short of the people's expectations.
The painful truth of the matter is, voters feel that the Republicans will not cut government spending even if they gain control the White House and Congress; but they also feel that government spending will go up if the Democrats are in control. To many, this is like standing between a rock and a hard spot.
Add to this the growing belief that politicians are using their office for personal gain and the wealth gap between Congress and the average American is rapidly increasing, according to Demos
. "Educated elites have pulled away from the rest of the country overall, and many members of Congress are drawn from these ranks." This leaves a larger rank of poverty growing in the United States.
Senior Fellow Sasha Abramsky is hosting a new website, Voices of Povert
y, funded by the Open Society Foundations' Special Fund for Poverty Alleviation
. The Special Fund for Poverty Alleviation leverages public and private resources to increase opportunity and alleviate poverty, while Sasha Abramsky interviews a number of Americans facing poverty from all around the country.
Congress has been turning a cold shoulder to the needs of low-income families and their children, with the children numbering approximately 42 percent. This 42% is the future labor and tax-paying productivity that will determine the country's prosperity, or the poverty of the nation as a whole. Most government cuts have begun with the poor, a philosophy dating clear back to Martin Luther King, who felt that Congress shows "hostility to the poor."
In Deut. 15:11
, it says "Since there will never cease to be some in need on the earth, I therefore command you, “Open your hand to the poor and needy neighbor in your land.”