The breakthrough moment in Lima was the signaling effect resulting from the clearly articulated convictions of every public official present -- an overarching vision that aligns the region's governments with the "process" of social inclusion at hand.
The debt ceiling debate is a manufactured crisis. The drive by conservatives to cripple government spending, deregulate whole industries, and emphasize military power over social spending has only made us weaker overseas and at home.
As long as where you live predicts how long and how well you live -- regardless of how hard you work to get ahead -- new approaches must focus on strategies that have proven to build healthier and stronger communities. This is how we can make every community extraordinary.