So Rich By Peter Edelman

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Peter Edelman wrote his most recent novel, So Rich, So Poor in 2012 and it was published in the same year by The New Press. Edelman is a lawyer and policy maker whom specializes in the fields of welfare, poverty, juvenile justice and constitutional law. He received both his bachelors and law degree from Harvard College. After graduation, Edelman served as a law clerk to Judge Henry Friendly on the U.S. Court of Appeals and then as a law clerk for Justice Arthur J. Goldberg on the United States Supreme Court. He then worked for Robert Kennedy, and then the Clinton Administration, where he resigned to protest Clinton’s signing of the welfare reform legislation.
Edelman cites his work for Robert Kennedy in the U.S. Senate as his inspiration
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After Kennedy’s death, Edelman kept revisiting his memories from his experiences with Kennedy, especially about young people who didn’t have a fair chance in life. He revisited his memories and experiences with Kennedy and kept the ideas of alleviating poverty and the outcome of the youth as central themes of his future work. He then applied his idea of helping youth by running a juvenile corrections agency in New York, and then applied his idea about alleviating poverty in the United States by protesting President Clinton’s signing of the welfare law in 1996.
Over forty years has passed since Edelman worked with Kennedy, and throughout his career, he has been trying to make a small effort in reducing American poverty. Edelman cites the purpose of this book is “to look anew at why it is so hard to end American poverty and how we might do better” (xiii). Poverty has grown worse over the past decade, and it is more important than ever to consider it a national concern. Edelman notes that the United States is the wealthiest countries in the world, yet we have the highest child poverty rate in the industrialized world. He stated his disbelief that the reason the United States has such a high rate of poverty is because the nation itself is generous. He notes that the non-profit sector is unequaled and that public policy is in a state of fluctuation with the encroachment of Republicans in Congress. We have failed and become a two-speed world:
We are a society
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