It is ironic that fighting poverty here at home may require more political capital and courage than fighting terrorism around the world. If the president can ask Congress to set conditions for putting Americans in harm's ways halfway around the world, surely he can ask them to help take our most vulnerable citizens out of harm's way here at home.
The Shake Shack IPO has received an extraordinary amount of attention today, not to mention analysis of what it means for the food industry, investors, etc. But one little-known aspect of the deal that's been entirely overlooked may have the longest-term implications of all -- not just for food but for philanthropy.
Even though I sat at their same table, I just couldn't give up on them. Those kids needed someone, and I refused to allow myself to be discouraged. I refused to allow my advocacy to waiver. I refused to stop and lick my wounds. I tried my damnedest to give a voice to those voiceless children. I kept fighting, kept moving, and was never out of the fight -- just as the Army trained me.