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Jealous, other progressives must endorse Poor People's Campaign

Former NAACP chief Ben Jealous won Maryland’s Democratic primary for governor Tuesday. (Kenneth K. Lam/Baltimore Sun video)

our editorial raised an important question: “Jealous wins. Now what?” (June 27). I must note my elation that Ben Jealous, Del. Mary Washington and other progressives were victorious. Does this portend a new era in Maryland politics?

I sure hope so. It is so troublesome to see a politician stay stuck in the middle, thinking the people are not yet ready. The new progressives, however, do not fear stating their beliefs. And presumably the voters now welcome a more progressive perspective.

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Regarding Mr. Jealous, I am wishing and hoping he will pick up the themes of the new Poor People’s Campaign, most importantly by making the connection between the obscene military budget and the poverty rampant in Baltimore, in Maryland and across the country. We must eradicate poverty.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) in a December 2017 report estimated that the nuclear weapons spending plans begun by President Barack Obama will cost taxpayers $1.2 trillion in inflation-adjusted dollars between fiscal years 2017 and 2046. This is a misappropriation of tax dollars. I yearn to hear progressive legislators speaking loudly for the re-allocation of these tax dollars to programs that benefit the poor and low-income citizens. Lift up the poor, and we all benefit.

Max Obuszewski, Baltimore

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