Over 43% of American kids do not graduate from high school. Back in the 50's and 60's we had less government control in our schools and more kids graduated. No pre school, no kindergarten, no nursery school, no free breakfast, no free lunch. And if a kid dropped out of school he had a job in a factory or on a fishing boat with insurance benefits. The government giveth and the government taketh. One thing has not changed, parent responsibility. How on earth will jobs "come back" when we have no skilled or even unskilled people to fill them?
We will always have poor people, the fact that the policies of our government are creating more of the poor is the problem.
People can "graduate high school and not know how to write a check," Levere said, adding that an increased emphasis on personal responsibility for budgeting and spending sould be an important part of any step forward.
At the same time, Corporation for Enterprise Development officials were quick to argue that public policy needs to address the scope of the problem. Levere cited the example of asset limits in public benefit programs, which restrict services like food assistance and public health insurance to households with few or no assets -- a policy that critics say denies help to many people in need.
"In some cases," said Levere, "it means they can't even own a car that is in good enough shape to get them to work."
And we did have buses that ran and trains that ran and not everyone needed a car. Now we need the destination, forget the car. Now I have to go back to work.