Through the campaigns and all of the coverage of the recession the poor have been as always invisible. Hell they can't afford newspapers, Internet connections or watch anything but off air tv so why pander to them. They certainly will be a minuscule element in campaign contributions. A national public health care system might just possibly help them but will be the last issue brought up in the debate. Poverty is an all purpose discrimination. Politicians can be opposed to poverty as loud as they want. The fact that they are opposed to the poor because the poor aren't like them slides through unsaid.
Bringing fear to the middle class now there is a thriving business. Convince the middle class that they need to support the wealthy and international corporations is a gold rush. You just tell them that they will become the poor. Enough of the middle class is on the cusp so this threat is real to them. Perhaps if we still manufactured stuff in this country we could bring some out of poverty.
How many people with grown children actually know what their kids do for a living? Good jobs in today's world often have come into being in the last decade and will be obsolete by the next decade. Not exactly stability my friends. On the bright side you can trust the rich. Trust them to perpetuate their wealth whatever the cost to others.