Smiley and West have too much baggage on poverty bus tour

I agree with Jonathan on this one. I was never real sure what the tour was suppose to accomplish. I have no problem with Smiley's or Dr.West's critique of the President as it relates to his policies. My concern is related to the 'personal' attacks that they have levied against him. Even on this tour Smiley mentions that this is the first time in his professional career that he has not been invited to the White House. Wow!!!

A seven-day, 14-city bus tour highlighting the plight of America’s poor is a great idea. Income inequality is the greatest it has ever been. Unemployment remains stubbornly high. And the solutions to the economic insecurity facing all but the megarich seem out of reach. That anyone would take time to shine a light on poverty is commendable. That is, unless said tour is being led by Princeton University professor Cornel West and television host and author Tavis Smiley.

Pardon the pun, but a poverty bus tour guided by these two is a flawed vehicle for discussion.

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