Thanks to David for challenging me to do a more careful review of these guys. My opinion has not changed. I like Obama a little more on this issue. I would be thrilled if either one of them were President.
First, star to Edwards for a concrete goal to eliminate poverty, to end it, by 2036.
Second, Edwards and Obama generally plan to attack poverty the same way:
* Both Edwards and Obama want to make work pay for all Americans by expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit and raising the minimum wage.
* Both Edwards and Obama want to increase jobs available to entry level workers.
* Both Edwards and Obama want to support responsible families, including encouraging and rewarding responsibility from fathers.
* Both Edwards and Obama want to improve our schools.
* Both Edwards and Obama want to improve access to affordable housing.
Third, the distinctions are at the edges, indicating what sorts of pet projects they would have. Now, pet projects of a president have impact. It is clear that Edwards is the class warrior and Obama is the community builder.
Only Edwards has the following class warrior language:
- strengthen unions.
- “create a new Labor taskforce to target the industries with the worst abuses of minimum wage and overtime laws.”
- fight abusive lenders, including banning payday loans.
Only Obama has the following cooperative language:
- tackle concentrated poverty by establishing 20 promise neighborhoods: urban areas with a coordinated focus on eliminating crime and encouraging development.
- ensure community based investment is present in every urban community.
- expanding infrastructure to rural areas.
Finally, in their own words:
"Restoring our moral authority means leading by example and making clear that the hard challenges don't frighten us. There is no better opportunity than the challenge of poverty – the great moral issue of our time."John Edwards
“I'm in this race for the same reason that I fought for jobs for the jobless and hope for the hopeless on the streets of Chicago; for the same reason I fought for justice and equality as a civil rights lawyer; for the same reason that I fought for Illinois families for over a decade… That's why I'm running, Democrats — to keep the American Dream alive for those who still hunger for opportunity, who still thirst for equality.”Barack Obama, Speech in Des Moines, IA, November 10, 2007
All of this is a summary of their webpages, for Edwards here, and Obama here.