September 2 2008
Originally published June 29, 2006
The American Promise: the dream of being a country that provides its citizens with limitless opportunity and where people enjoy a high quality of life in terms of health, safety, income, and well-being. America has made great strides in fulfilling this promise. As detailed in this report, Americans are better off today than any other time in history on measures such as:
However, there is a long way to go until the American promise is realized. Two areas are of particular concern and serve as stumbling blocks on the road to fulfilling America's potential:
To fulfill America's promise we should focus on these two important issues. Policymakers should consider measures to address these ills. A first step is reforming our public school system so that parents are free to choose a school for their child. Policymakers should also evaluate existing laws and regulations that provide a deterrent to family formation. This includes evaluating our tax code and assistance programs to remove measures that create a financial penalty for marrying.
Government alone cannot solve these problems. Fulfilling the American promise is the work of each individual.