If you expect the government to somehow guarantee that you'll have a better life than your parents, own a home or be promoted to vice president of a giant corporation, that is more fantasy than a dream.
A foodie film oriented toward the making rather than the eating, Now, Forager's opening gambit is to occupy the high-stress, low-margin universe of the restaurant and its independent small-scale suppliers.
Outside of places like Portland and maybe New York City, not having a car -- especially when you are a suburban mother of three -- is a sign and symbol of having Blown It Big Time. But we are without a car. It was an easy decision at the time: We couldn't pay the rent.
Take news about rising bank profits and combine it with reports about land grabs by private equity firms, and you've got a deal made in hell. You can bet working schmucks like you and me won't be invited to the closing party.
To my knowledge, no one has taken a look at the symptomatology leading up to the 2008 crash from the perspective of Wall Street's prevailing corporate culture, with the insights only these two authors can provide.
Citizens must demand that every political leader state what they will do now to invest in and protect vulnerable children from hunger, homelessness and poor education. It's way past time to eliminate epidemic child poverty and the child suffering, stress, homelessness and miseducation it spawns.
What our country is enduring is not a cyclical issue. This is a structural economic phenomenon that will require a re-training of America's workers, a recalibration of expectations, and a new approach to industries that have not kept pace with technological trends.
Who do we think is going to provide the skills training that is needed for these workers to make successful transitions to new careers? And who will help with financial assistance while the training takes place?
Communities with more civic engagement in 2006 suffered less from unemployment during and after the Great Recession, even when other possible explanations were factored in. Nonprofit organizations played an important role.
Too often we overlook Labor Day's original purpose -- to celebrate the economic and social contributions of workers, and to remember the extraordinary sacrifices made by union members in their fight for the weekend, paid vacation, sick time and the 40-hour workweek.
The decline of the middle class was a result, in part, of public policy choices. Today's downward mobility can only be reversed by a range of new choices consciously aimed at helping working Americans regain their financial footing.
All around us, nest eggs broke open and a whole new culture emerged: we came out of it a bunch of chicken-farming, bike-riding, car-sharing, bartering, freelance DIY-types who are communally raising our under-scheduled kids.