It was refreshing to see the President of the United States take a full hour to sit on a panel at a faith-based conference on confronting the future and poverty this past week at George Washington University. He was joined by Robert Putnam of Harvard University, author of Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis, and by Arthur Brooks, President of the American Enterprise Institute, each of whom contributed great insight to the discussion.
The growing split between the wealthiest Americans and the rest of the society, the real decline in the middle class, and the increasing solidification of a rigid class structure in the U.S. with little social and economic mobility is an issue that threatens our future. The U.S. dynamics are mirrored in many parts of the world. This panel and the conference it was associated with represent a useful effort to takes steps toward solutions.
I took an hour to watch the video. If you can, I’d encourage you to do the same.