The children who have seen parents lose jobs during the Great Recession face a future riddled with uncertainty.
Let’s get sanctimonious, er, honest. We have lots of problems nowadays. Millions of people are unemployed. People are still losing their homes. Healthcare costs are rising too fast. College is too expensive for too many students. For the lucky ones in school, a terrible jobs market and too much student debt awaits them after graduation. Then there’s our deteriorating infrastructure. Our Byzantine tax code. Global warming. Afghanistan. I could go on. It’s depressing.
But not as depressing as the public spectacle of top campaign officials trying to “win” ridiculous spats more worthy of middle school. (I’m sorry, that’s an insult to middle schoolers). This is just life inside the Beltway bubble. It’s all poppycock, all the time. But here’s the thing: nobody cares. Nobody but political operatives, that is. Everybody else has actual problems to worry about. They aren’t interested in who ate what 40 years ago.
Matt O’Brien, of The Atlantic, is tired of silly presidential campaign issues and would like to discuss America’s real problems. Read it here.
Guys, I’m just going to keep reblogging Restoration Calls & hope you notice what an awesome project it is. We want to hear real stories to find real solutions together. It’s all peace, love, longform journalism & discussion.
This is the story of the nation leading into the 2012 elections, and the one National Journal will tell in a series of narratives over the next nine months. We’ll introduce you to the people wading through the rubble of America’s broken foundations – and the people working to piece them back together.
We see the stories as a starting point for a conversation about how to solve America’s great problems, which we’ll foster on our website, over social media, and through live events. We hope you’ll join us. This American story doesn’t have to end with a broken dream.
Introducing National Journal’s new project: Restoration Calls. Over the next 9 months, we will explore the broken economic and social foundations of America to find solutions. We want to hear YOUR stories. Follow along and join the conversation.