Monday, February 13, 2012

Fareed Zakaria: Poverty in America Compared to Other Countries

In this video clip, Fareed Zakaria uses Mitt Romney's comment on the poor to discuss poverty in the U.S. and how it compares to other industrialized countries.  At around 2:14 he draws attention to child poverty in particular and its lasting social and economic effects.  While he does not directly discuss crime, he does highlight a number of consequences of child poverty that are commonly correlated with one-on-one violent crime (e.g., high school drop out rates).  He concludes on a positive note however, in that he argues that [child] poverty in the U.S. is something we can address, much as the U.K. did during Tony Blair's tenure as Prime Minister.

Courtesy of Crooks & Liars:

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