Friday, March 5, 2010

Recession Bridge

"A slowly sinking generation; a remorseless assault on the identity of many men; the dissolution of families and the collapse of neighborhoods; a thinning veneer of national amity—the social legacies of the Great Recession are still being written, but their breadth and depth are immense. As problems, they are enormously complex, and their solutions will be equally so."

Don Peck, "How a New Jobless Era Will Transform America," Atlantic Magazine, March 2010.

You would think that the Great Recession and its aftermath would push hot buttons for pols of all persuasions -- and maybe galvanize concerted national action. Marriage,men,the suburbs, kids, stress, health,wealth,self help, etc. Instead of griping about ARRA ,proposing silly tax incentives, or blocking unemployment benefits -- maybe they could get together and try a bunch of things with a serious level of effort. We've got a 8-10 year gap if we're lucky as the economy recovers. We need a bridge.

"We're about to see a big national experiment on stress."

Heidi Shierholz, quoted in: "How a New Jobless Era Will Transform America"

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