It is hard to see our trade policy as a place where we are having much success. We have an unceasing $700 billion trade deficit, and we have lost 5.2 million manufacturing jobs since the year 2000.
What can we hope to learn from the cases discussed in this book? First, cities can take meaningful steps to address the issue of low-wage work. Second, they can do so and still remain economically strong. The San Francisco economy is not unique in its ability to incorporate employer mandates.
I fear that John Boehner is not going to raise the minimum wage. But there is a glimmer of hope: when it comes to at least one group of low-paid workers, President Obama doesn't have to wait for Congress in order to take action and improve jobs.
Many policymakers and education and anti-poverty advocates overlook a growing body of research demonstrating the devastating toll hunger takes on every aspect of learning. Just ask Maryland Principal Sean McElheney who learned that hunger, not apathy, was the reason for a student writing "I Don't Care" in a standardized test.
Yes, Mr. Brooks, the problem of income inequality is a cultural problem. But it is a culture created in the cossetted right-wing think-tanks of Washington, not in struggling neighborhoods around the country.
Despite herculean efforts by many Democrats, Congress has allowed unemployment assistance to expire for 1 million out-of-work Americans, and has thwarted efforts to raise the minimum wage and slashed food stamps. Rather than a war on poverty, it feels like a war on the poor.
Rural America faces a unique set of challenges when it comes to combating poverty in our towns and communities. Too often, rural people and places are hard to reach or otherwise underserved -- but not forgotten.