Matt Towery

But what about the man or woman who wanders about in a similarly helpless manner? We know that many good people and organizations do so very much to provide shelter and food to our homeless. But why should they be left trying to make do with insufficient resources, oftentimes paid for by private sources, with little or no coordination, while we have the great might of the United States caring for others in lands far away?

Many who are on the street are in dire need of medical care, both physically and in many cases, mentally. Some shy from help for fear that a past record of crime or a perceived one, will force them into prisons. Many have no proper identification to even qualify for programs or assistance.

But if we are to consider a "pathway" to citizenship for those who are illegally in our country but living a good life, have we no concept of how to create a "pathway to safety" for our own who truly live a life of "inequality"?

The president's focus on income inequality seems to many observers merely a more open effort to create a schism among segments of our society and to expand a political ideology that pledges not a chicken in every pot, but a cell phone in every hand.

What I would ask is how we as a nation expect to expand a welfare state without first looking into the eyes of our most needy. Conservatives would be wise to demand a war on homelessness and demand that if tax dollars are to be spent, they start where the need is so obvious and the results could be so marked.

Matt Towery

Matt Towery is a pollster, attorney, businessman and former elected official. He served as campaign strategist for Congressional, Senate, and gubernatorial campaigns. His latest book is Newsvesting: Use News and Opinion to Grow Your Personal Wealth. Follow him on Twitter @MattTowery