Talk show host and philanthropist Tavis Smiley said Monday on CNN that the debt ceiling agreement was a declaration of war against the poor in America.

"I think this debt ceiling deal was really a declaration of war on the poor," he said. "The Congress and the president have declared war on the poor. You can't sign into law legislation that raises the debt ceiling but opens up a crater in the floor."

"Put another way, no unemployment extensions for poor people, no closing of a single corporate loophole, not one new tax on the rich and the lucky - so once again the corporations get off scot-free, Wall Street and the big banks get off scot-free, yet all these cuts aimed at the poor."

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