Let’s be the generation that ends poverty in America. Every single person willing to work should be able to get job training that leads to a job, and earn a living wage that can pay the bills, and afford child care so their kids have a safe place to go when they work. Let’s do this.
That’s the way to go, isn’t? To be frank, nobody can be quite sure precisely what combination of policies can get this done. The thing to do, even in the absence of political constraints, would be to try some stuff. You’d need to make some existing things more generous, you’d need to try some reforms here and there, you’d need to start some new initiatives and . . . you’d need to be prepared for the fact that some of it probably wouldn’t work and you’d need to try something else. Goals are good.
Also note: “But all of this cannot come to pass until we bring an end to this war in Iraq. Most of you know I opposed this war from the start. I thought it was a tragic mistake.” My instinct is that this is going to be a powerful point.