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.
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