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When Do Low-Income Americans Get Their White House Meeting? [View all]

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The nation's most powerful, like JPMorgan's Jamie Dimon and Goldman Sach's Lloyd Blankfein, find frequent audience at the White House, but not so for the working poor and other vulnerable citizens. (Photo: AP)

Throughout these budget talks, the Obama Administration has projected an image that it is open to good ideas from anyone, and interested in the prosperity of everyone.

So Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein had his day at the White House along with thirteen other corporate heads. The same is true for a group of small business owners as well as some labor leaders and progressive groups. And certainly President Obama has surrounded himself with middle class families throughout these fiscal negotiations.

But there is an omission from the President’s rounds—one that is all the more glaring since this group of people is arguably more vulnerable than anyone to any final budget decisions: low-income Americans who are struggling to climb up from the lower rungs of the economic ladder.

When is their White House meeting? Where is their place at the table?

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