Frustratingly I keep hearing from right wingers that the poor are lazy and they believe what Gingrich said about those deeply poor teaching their young to cheat and steal. I thought this article was a good example of who the working poor really are today. It gives us an understanding of why we need regulations on the banking industry.
For a lot of families, this kind of situation is only one illness or loss of a job away. The chart in it explaining how many got food stamps in 2006 until now was shocking to me. You click on the years and can see how people in the state, especially rural counties, have suffered under this recession.
Gingrich was one who used character assassination when he was in the Congress, one of those who encouraged the incivility that we have today in government, and the ultimate in being a hypocrite by doing exactly what he loudly proclaimed was wrong in others. His snide comments are part of why he's risen in the polls-- things like saying the OWS people are all dirty and don't want to work. He doesn't bother me so much though. He's just who he is. Who bothers me are the ones saying they will vote for him-- there are more of them.
Definitely click on the link for how one family is being impacted by choices made by politicians in office who don't care and are blaming the poor instead of themselves and the financial 'geniuses' who set a lot of this in motion for their own greedy purposes!