Obama Starts His Poverty Tour

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    First is was Pretty Boy Edwards on a poverty tour - now Sen Obama is starting his

    Yes, more of your tax dollars will be spent on social programs - the same answer Dems have for all "problems"

    Obama's $6 billion poverty platform
    By Brian DeBose

    Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama yesterday introduced a broad agenda to combat urban poverty, which he said would cost "billions of dollars a year" but be funded by savings from ending the Iraq war.

    The Illinois senator said he would spend about $6 billion annually, with his first task being to replicate in 20 cities such successful child and youth development programs as the Harlem Children's Zone in New York City and the Town Hall Education, Arts and Recreation Campus in the District, where he outlined his plan.

    "I'll be honest, it can"t be done on the cheap. It will cost a few billion dollars a year," he said. "We won"t just spend the money because we can — every step these cities take will be evaluated, and if certain plans or programs aren"t working, we will stop them and try something else, but we will find the money to do this because we can't afford not to."

    Mr. Obama not only gave voters some of his first detailed policy objectives, but he also effectively stole the thunder from former Sen. John Edwards, who yesterday concluded a trip mimicking Robert F. Kennedy's 1968 poverty tour in Prestonsburg, Ky., where the Kennedy tour ended.

    Mr. Obama also invoked Mr. Kennedy's repeated journeys through the South and Appalachia as a kickoff for his remarks, asking the audience the same question that Mr. Kennedy posed 40 years ago: "How can a country like this allow it?"

    But both Mr. Obama and Mr. Edwards, who are running second and third in most Democratic presidential polls, have seized a jump on front-running Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, who has not announced any detailed anti-poverty proposals.

    There was a stark contrast between the two speeches as Mr. Edwards' focused on poverty broadly, including rural and urban communities while Mr. Obama focused his initiative on cities, although he said he would "roll out" his rural agenda in the coming weeks.

    "The reason I'm here is because I want America to remember what he did decades ago, and I want America to join us, all of us, to end the great work that Bobby Kennedy started," said Mr. Edwards of North Carolina in his speech.

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    Do you have a problem with helping out the poor people of this country? And do you think anyone that tries to help the poor should live in a refrigerator box on the street as well? Just curious..
     
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    What about Obama getting a full Secret Service Detail. He is already figuring out ways to waste tax payers money.
     
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    You find it a waste to protect potential future presidents of the United States?

    I thought you cared about protecting citizens of the US? But apparently you don't even care about protecting presidential candidates? Why is this?
     
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    If he is that scared of getting killed he shouldn't run. I am not opposed to any candidate getting a Secret Service Detail, but they should have to pay for it out of their campaign fund.
     
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    It has nothing to do with him being scared or not. Politicians should be protected from being assassinated. These are the leaders of our country. Do you really want them to be easily killed off?
     
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    This is a trick question, right? ;)
     
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    I agree.
     
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    I say that about any Candidate Republican or Democrat. They are bringing it 50+ million for their campaigns they can easily pay for it, or another form of security. It is one thing that set's me off. I'm not upset with Hillary getting it as she is a former first lady and they are always guarded, but the rest have no reasonable excuse.
     
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    Until they are elected they are just an average citizen and they can do exactly what an average citizen with millions of dollars do, hire Security. Donald Trump and Bill Gates do it, so why can't the candidates.
     

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