Our take: The opportunity for social mobility within the U.S. is becoming more of a dream than reality for those of lower income status. This article by Isabel V. Sawhill focuses on changing the lack of opportunities for the poor by not only creating jobs, but strengthening the family and improving education.

A childs chances of ending up in the middle class or above that level are more than twice as high for those born into an affluent family (the top 20 percent) as for those born in a poor family (the bottom 20 percent).

This agenda, to be sure, barely scratches the surface of possible actions. But because it combines the values of liberals and conservatives alike and calls for both personal responsibility and responsible government policies, it has the potential to restore the kind of opportunity that Americans have long taken for granted as their birthright.