Certain readers (at least I hope they are readers) were wondering what former Senator, and recent Vice-Presidential candidate, John Edwards is doing these days. Well, here is the answer, direct from the man himself, guest-blogging this week over at Josh Marshall's brand new community blog, TPMCafe:
As many of you may already know, I am directing the new Center on Work, Poverty, and Opportunity at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At the Center, we’re focusing on the issues that face the 36 million Americans who are struggling with poverty every day, and working to examine innovative and practical ideas for moving more Americans out of poverty and into the middle class.
His first post is about a recent study from the Brookings Institution that reveals that low-income families actually pay more for the same services than do high-income families.
Also, here is the link to the Center on Work, Poverty, and Opportunity. At that site, Edwards spells out its mission:
The Center brings the best minds in the country together with some of America's best and brightest young people. We do not pretend to have all the answers, but I can promise you that we will ask the hard questions:
- How can we restore the promise of America for those living in poverty?
- How can we combat poverty in a way that also honors our core beliefs in hard work, responsibility and family?
- How can we find ways to build more homes and fewer shelters, more small businesses and fewer minimum wage jobs?
- How can we find a way for government and charities and religious groups to work as more effective partners and honor America's traditions?
It may seem like an impossible goal to end poverty, but that's what the skeptics said about all of the other great challenges we've faced as a nation. If we can put a man on the moon, conquer polio, and put libraries of information on a chip, we can end poverty for those who want to work for a better life.