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Six Areas of Opportunity for Us

By Peter Edelman

Nearly two years after the election in 2008, questions abound whether enough change has occurred and what the advocacy agenda should be. The passage of the historic health care reform law, financial regulation law, and the effects of the stimulus law should be celebrated. However, in this economy that is slow to recover and a time of deficit reduction, we must stay focused on the big picture of ending poverty. We must work on low-wage jobs, extreme poverty and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, public education, high-risk youth, concentrated poverty, and the implementation of the health care law.

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