PBS Host Decries Spending Cuts: "Reward the Rich, Punish the Poor"

Rich Noyes | April 17, 2011
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PBS host Tavis Smiley, on the April 17 Meet the Press, cast efforts to curb spending as "rewarding the rich and punishing the poor." Smiley decried: "Budgets are moral documents....And I’m not so sure that this is not anything more than an immoral document where the poor are concerned....We avoided a shutdown of government, but we effectively locked out the American people, namely, the poor. And I don’t understand why it is in this town that every debate about money always begins and ends with how we can further reward the rich and more punish the poor.”