With a new class of students starting college this month -- replacing a class that just graduated into a historically bad job market -- there's no better time for another installment of our "Majoring in Debt" series, which examines the mountainous student debt college graduates are facing, how it will affect their futures, and what it will mean for the future of America. When I was 16 and living in Greece, I saw a magazine article about Cambridge and was overcome by a desire to study there. And I was lucky enough to get in. In the years after graduating, pretty much every break I got could be traced back to that experience. But, increasingly, graduating from college no longer means putting your education to work for you -- it now means being a virtual indentured servant to your education. Instead of propelling you into the future, more and more it means trapping you in the past.
The response to Hurricane Irene showed that when our leaders bring a sense of urgency and ask the public to respond in kind, remarkable things can happen. READ MORE Third World America: One Year Later: The paperback version of the book is out and, sad to say, almost none of the troubling trends I warned about have been reversed -- or even addressed. READ MORE Watch: Arianna Discusses Job Crisis on Piers Morgan Tonight Watch: Arianna Talks About "Hurricane Jobs" on Morning Joe Watch: Arianna and Lawrence O'Donnell Discuss the Forgotten Middle Class Watch: Arianna Talks Austerity, Job Creation with Martin Bashir
I wanted the book to serve as "a warning, a way of saying that if we don't change course -- and quickly -- that could very well be our future." Well, 12 months on, the paperback version of the book is coming out and, sad to say, almost none of those troubling trends have been reversed.
The goal line has shifted: from ending homelessness, to ending chronic homelessness, to ending chronic veteran homelessness. If we don't end chronic veteran homelessness in the next 18 months, do we shift to ending chronic female veteran homelessness?
This letter is a reminder; a reminder for myself. A reminder that there is a bigger picture than the picture we're certain we've seen before. This here is reminder that there is more to life than dollar bills and shiny cars. A reminder that we still have so much more living left to do.
When I was in architecture school, the design projects to which we were assigned typically related to creating spaces or products that were to benef...
There is a busy street just on the edge of downtown Los Angeles that is becoming well known. Not because of its manicured trees and landscaping, since there are very few trees. Not because of its high-end boutique shopping stores, since there are none.
Expressing their concerns were several women veterans who sat on their chairs with determined faces, strong voices, but with tentative dispositions that revealed difficult experiences that they probably have not shared with anyone.
The Affordable Care Act isn't just "flash news," or another facet of media-made dystopia. It's the awakening of an open and public dialogue on national income inequality looming in the background of the American psyche since the days of Reagan.
Should we be really calling this competition a derby for winners? Sadly, the real losers in this country's breakdown of social care are the people who are still struggling on our streets. No matter what city or state they reside.
Thank God my daughter Gena didn't listen to me. She never listened to me much, but this is one where Dad was dead wrong. She fell for him immediately, and after 20 years, you would think they were still on a honeymoon. I was right about the 30 guys that I ran off before him, but completely missed on Clay.
We are the epitome of the first world clashing with the third. European luxury cars cruise by people sleeping under a lean-to, as if it is morally justified to drive a car worth more than a house where that sleeping person could inhabit.
We are worried. Not only because there are so many more people who need to be housed, but also because these newly-housed neighbors need more than just a furnished apartment. We are worried about loneliness.
Since our city leaders love to tout statistics to tell us crime is down, then let's see if their statistics stand up to a basic test from additional statistics.
A few months ago, you lost your job at a local business because it was downsizing. Like half of Americans, you only had enough savings to cover your e...
For years now, homeless service agencies have been bashed as "old technology," still stuck in 1980s models of helping people who are homeless. We...