The Poverty Problem: More than Mitt Romney’s PR Misstep

Every night, millions of American moms and dads say prayers for their kids. But too many hardworking parents go to sleep praying they won’t have to tell the kids they need to move in with relatives because they can’t make rent. Or perhaps those prayers are from a parent looking for a way to care for a sick child without getting fired for missing a few shifts at work.

These are the prayers of nearly 50 million Americans living below the poverty line—as well as the tens of millions more lower-income Americans struggling to stay in the middle class.

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