I’ve been watching the Republican debates religiously.  Generally, I didn’t expect to be encouraged by the candidates’ policy recommendations and on that, my expectations have been met.  If only we could watch for comic and dramatic value.  So on Tuesday I turned to the State of the Union looking for more a inspiring and thoughtful vision and OH how badly I wanted to like that speech!  But no.  It felt like more of the same and – I hate to say it – a little too little a little too late. 

Seems Washington is missing the boat on what is really happening to the middle class and what to do about it.

If you care about what is really happening to the middle class and the manufacturing sector as a historical channel of support for this sector of the population, read THIS ARTICLE in The Atlantic.  It is one of the most interesting articles I’ve read in a long time providing detailed and honest insight into how plant owners are making decisions.  This piece has something for everyone interested in how we should be educating our kids, what happens to you if you make a mistake when you are young and the implications that can have for the rest of your life, a look into the burden of child rearing on women versus men (especially single parents) and how that can impact a person’s likelihood of progressing in their career, and exporting jobs to China and Mexico versus keeping them here.

This is an important read.  The article does not judge and it provides a substantially more serious look at what we are faced with as a country than anything you are likely to hear from those standing behind a podium. 

Of course, it begs many questions and does not provide a nice neat box of answers, but starting with a realistic assessment of what’s happening is better than living in the waves of politically motivated clouds.