In a once-grim apartment complex outside Memphis, Tenn., 95 percent of the people stayed put and signed a lease agreement as part of a community-wide change effort. They've seen an 80 percent overall decline in crime.
The nation's current crisis mirrors the situation 36 years ago when New York City teetered near financial collapse, unable to borrow from a banking community that correctly believed the city was broke.
The idea of shared sacrifice as a public value is fine. However, why should many Americans, who have become accustomed to shouldering most of the sacrifice, get excited about taking on additional burdens?