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March 31, 2015

Mixed Results for Opportunity in America

Washington Post: “Americans today have more social and educational opportunity than they did 40 years ago — but they have less economic opportunity, thanks to a bruising recession and the alarming economic trends that preceded it.”

“That’s the sobering conclusion of a detailed study out today from Opportunity Nation and Measure of America, which quantifies the evolution in community, educational and economic opportunity from 1970 to 2010.”

“But the findings include two red flags for policymakers: Opportunity overall decreased from 2000 to 2010, largely because the economic component of the index is lower now than in any previous decade.”

“It’s hard to draw a clean “red-state/blue-state” distinction between the other big gainers of the last 40 years.”

“Leading the pack for improvement is Virginia, which has seen big advancements in income and high-school graduation, and big reductions in poverty and violent crime.”


  • Yonatan YONATAN

    Opportunity for whom? Has the government forgotten about the three million unemployed workers, and their families, STILL WITHOUT an extension of unemployment benefits since last December? While Billions of tax payers dollars are sent to the Ukraine in an aid package, more and more of these unemployed continue to sink into financial ruin. How can our government send our sons & daughters off to war, but not help their unemployed loved ones back at home? The republican senate has failed these millions of voters, and their families. These Americans have lost all trust and hope and respect for the government because of this lack of compassion, and common decency

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