One of the most disappointing parts of this week's budget deal is its disparate treatment of a lavish estate tax break for the nation's wealthiest heirs as compared to several tax credit improvements for low-income working families.
Saving is not enough. Families must educate themselves about the college access process. Many Americans spend more time buying a car, yet the risk of a lemon is nothing compared to the risk of shackling their children with debt.
To move forward, America's security and prosperity depend on our children's ability to drive the economy of the future. Leaders must craft budget solutions that will protect the already porous safety nets on which so many children and families rely.
As I stare at the Republican and Democratic party platforms, I wonder -- don't these people have a clue? Haven't they bothered to actually ask their constituents what they think of their phone, wireless, broadband, Internet, and cable bills?
Having access to ample nutritious food is critical to a child's healthy development -- especially as it relates to their physical health, cognition, academic performance, and emotional and social well-being.
I spent a number of years in the medical field. I even ran medical practices. But even I was unaware until recently about one really good option for people struggling to find more affordable medical care -- the federally funded community health center program.
New data on household wealth paints a disturbing portrait of the decline in net worth for American families. But those numbers only tell part of the story -- the story of households with actual assets to lose.
Life throws us all lemons, but if you don't have the tools or resources available -- like sugar and water or education and basic needs met -- you can't turn them in to lemonade, no matter how hard you try.
Technology is not a panacea, only a means to an end. Increasing access to broadband and the Internet are an important first step, but we also need to find better ways of applying this technology to accelerate progress and prosperity for all.
Imagine a scenario where members of Congress could improve government programs that grow our economy and support struggling families without adding to the federal deficit or jeopardizing their political standing. Wouldn't they all be lining up to cast their "yea" votes?
The question really isn't whether to help the poor or not, it is how can we help the poor in the same way that we help the middle and upper class -- without requiring that they relinquish self-determination or define themselves by their deficits.
As much as I would love to tell kids to play sports to escape the lives they may feel predestined to live, it is education that is truly important. With that knowledge it does not matter where you came from -- just where you end up.
Of course, rich and middle-class people suffer from cancer and drug abuse, alcoholism, child and spouse abuse. All of these issues are complicated. So is poverty. I know this from my own personal experience.
Here is why I love Rick Santorum and why I paid close attention to his presidential bid, which he finally abandoned this week: Throughout his career in politics, Rick Santorum has never stopped talking about children and families.
If you're a parent struggling to make ends meet, you're probably going to choose to spend $1.99 for a gallon at Aldi rather than $6.99 for organic at Whole Foods. Does that mean you don't care as much about the health of your child?