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Poor People Are the Real Economic Mobility Concern

By on 11.1.11 | 11:07AM

David Brooks's New York Times column today more or less reinforces my view of the problem with social and economic mobility in the U.S. today: 

The zooming wealth of the top 1 percent is a problem, but it's not nearly as big a problem as the tens of millions of Americans who have dropped out of high school or college. It's not nearly as big a problem as the 40 percent of children who are born out of wedlock. It's not nearly as big a problem as the nation's stagnant human capital, its stagnant social mobility and the disorganized social fabric for the bottom 50 percent.

If your ultimate goal is to reduce inequality, then you should be furious at the doctors, bankers and C.E.O.'s. If your goal is to expand opportunity, then you have a much bigger and different agenda.

Brooks doesn't go into what's happening with the inequality and income mobility data. But he's cut through to the core issues. 

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