This weekend, I watched a ’60 Minutes’ show that took me inside the lives of homeless kids in Central Florida.
The Congressional Budget Office projects that the child-poverty rate will soon hit 25 percent.
By the end of the segment, I felt sad and embarrassed to be an American. We have allowed the wealthiest 1 percent our citizens to amass 50 percent of our nation’s wealth. We spend more on military defense than the rest of the world combined. We invest $110 billion in corrupt and repressive regimes in Afghanistan and Pakistan, but we can’t house and feed our own children.
As a nation, we should be ashamed, disgusted – and motivated to make change. There should be rage equal to what we’re expressing in the fight to preserve the rights of labor unions. The budget deliberations in our nation’s capital are likely to make things worse.
Go watch this segment. Look in to the teary eyes of children who go to bed hungry, who hope no one at school will know that their dad is standing on the roadside begging for help; children who live in minivans, and get dressed every day in Wal-Mart bathrooms.
Take just 60 seconds to make change by making the decision to take action. Please share what you do at the #60seconds hashtag on Twitter, post a comment to this blog or my Facebook page. I can’t wait to see what you have to share.