Stop using poverty as an excuse — and take real action
The Inquirer Editorial Board - March 1
It it heartwarming to see the outpouring of compassion toward those living in poverty that occurs every time a certain type of bill gets discussed.
For the past two years, the beverage tax has galvanized some people to voice concern over how the tax will hurt the poor. Most of those voices are opponents of the tax from the beverage and retail industry. Lately a proposed ban on plastic bags — that has already failed more than once in City Council — has industry opponents decrying how the ban will hurt the poor.
These sound like self-serving excuses rather than real concern for the poor. If we were really so concerned about policies that hurt the poor, there are real actions that could actually have an impact. Read more here: