There is still much work to be done before we can begin to say we are turning the corner toward a more stable climate. But young leaders like Tyrone Davis should give all of us hope.
At the end of the day, the question is whether President Obama's agenda responds adequately to his own diagnosis of the problem. If we are in the grip of decades-old shifts toward globalization and the substitution of technology for labor, as he insists, it is not clear that all his proposals taken together would do much to change the basic equation for working families. The president is betting that a steady-as-you-go strategy with modest incremental adjustments will be enough to restore rising wages and opportunity for all. In the judgment of the American people, the results of this strategy so far have been far from adequate. If the rest of the world cooperates, the next few years may be better. If not, the calls for more far-reaching changes will intensify.
If parents would be concerned with the parenting of their child from the beginning as much as they are concerned with the parenting of adolescents, the state of our "teen problem" would look very different.
The challenge for the president was to avoid ticking through a list of ideas that had no chance of going anywhere. I think he largely avoided that, though he did hit on ideas that Congress probably will, but shouldn't block, like extended UI, infrastructure investment, a higher national minimum wage, and an expanded Earned Income Tax Credit. But the president cannot and should not let Congress block his every move, and good for the administration for trying to find other ways to help working families overcome opportunity barriers in our increasingly unequal economy. If he, and the rest of us, can convince them to work on behalf of the economic well-being of the American people, especially those left behind by the current expansion, so much the better. But I don't blame him for not waiting.
Women across the country are looking for a fair shot in a fair game. They want policies like access to quality education for their children, so their kids have a chance at a bright future -- from pre-kindergarten education to job skills training to affordable college degrees.
In his State of the Union address, President Obama announced two important civil rights initiatives for workers struggling in this economy. These are strong moves that show that Obama is willing to use his constitutional powers to take action on civil rights.
For years I played the "drinking game" during the State of the Union speech, but it got so I couldn't make a dent in a single glass of wine when it came to counting the number of times the word "women" was uttered.
My fellow Americans: I deliver this address at a time of great distress in our nation. Never before have we faced challenges of such severity as we d...
In the State of the Union tonight, President Obama is going to call for a national minimum wage of $10.10. Then the Republicans will say that'd be a huge disaster that would make the Washington Monument fall over, Mt. Rushmore explode, etc. But here's what neither will tell you.
In a time when funding continues to be cut for disability programs in states, here is an opportunity to show economic growth for people with disabilities.
The ironic image of the super-rich riding a humble public bus is an apt metaphor for the socioeconomic quandary facing America before President Obama makes his 2014 State of the Union address tonight.
If Obama speaks of the integrity of the political process, the last person to cough "Hack!" must drink 3 shots of beer.
As it stands today, felony drug offenders face significant obstacles to joining the economy.
In his State of the Union address tonight, President Obama has a very straightforward opportunity to help end the mindset that got us into war, by talking about the necessity of providing the funding to care for the veterans from a decade of war.
Sometimes in America, when low-paid workers stand up and speak out, even the President of the United States takes notice. This is one of those moments.
It is extremely important that the young people of America make it a point to tune into the State of the Union address, educate themselves on the issues and speak up about what matters to them.