"I don't think we have laid the ground for a national conversation on poverty. People just don't know the facts."
The presidential campaign has been an exhausting marathon. Yet it's hardly touched on some major issues facing the nation.
If Rick Santorum wins the nomination, this could have at least one positive outcome: a general election campaign in which the candidates actually talk about poverty.
What are we doing to combat poverty in our country and make sure that we join the voices of the prophets who speak out against injustice? Often denominational churches work hard on these issues, but we do it within our particular silos and we may not effectively communicate our work.
Which view of economic inequality has greater merit, Adam Smith's or the Bible's? It's a trick question: the two are broadly the same.
A record number of Americans are poor. And by any measure, the poverty rate is rising.