At the national conference of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) this past weekend, I got to hear Hillary Clinton talk about the AAP's partnership with her "Too Small to Fail" campaign. It made me happy -- and sad.
There's a common myth that people are forced into poverty because they squander their money on consumer goods. The fact is that it's harder to buy food, heat your home and put clothes on your children's backs than it used to be.
Growing up in an affluent suburb, I was among the fortunate. I had a beautiful house. I went to a good school. I had every opportunity in front of me and never longed for anything. Yet it was a pile of plastic toys that would change my life forever.
Whether it's fighting for reasonable gun regulation, child health and safety overall, or good schools and family services -- we can't have a fair fight as long as special-interest money continues to poison our politics.
With just 10 days until the election I'm still waiting for the speech I had hoped to hear -- from any candidate, of either party, in any race. With time running out I'm growing doubtful, so just in case, I've tried to at least imagine it.
Investing in our children is investing in America and our future. When we help children rise out of poverty and grow and succeed, we are paving the way for our country's next generation of workers and leaders.