It seems every day we are reminded of how the country we love is changing--and not necessarily for the better. The American middle class is challenged like never before as Washington bickers. Families are forced to live on less, as job opportunities wane and prices for everything from food to healthcare skyrocket. How can we hope to provide a better life for our children when at every turn it seems like the "new normal" is telling us to expect less--slow growth, part-time work, fewer benefits. My mom waited tables to help give her children opportunities that she didn't have. This was at the core of the American experience, yet for too many of our fellow citizens this seems unattainable, a distant hope. This Washington Post article
examines life in the old Rust Belt and how hard it is today for the poor to break free of their circumstances.