Paid for by Cory Booker for Senate.
OVERTY IN THE
The loss of one person’s potential is a tragedy. The loss of millions’ is a national
Here’s why: America finds itself today in an unprecedented competition for talent,
creativity and intelligence. The knowledge-based, high-skilled jobs of the future
jobsthat can support a family and drive a community
will be won by those countries thatcan best realize the potentials of their people. This is a worldwide, cut-throat competition,and everyone is out to win it.Allowing an American child to grow up in poverty makes victory for the U.S. impossible.It may not guarantee the loss of that
potential, but it comes awfully close.Because of child poverty, our nation loses out on the talent and ingenuity of millions of people. And precious tax dollars
resources that will be stretched thinner with every passing Baby Boom year
are misdirected: spent on prisons and preventable medicalinterventions, instead of our schools and universities, instead of countless priorities thatwould stre
ngthen America’s competitive position.
If we want to win this global competition, we have to be smarter. And we have to
understand that this isn’t an urban problem,
a suburban problem,
or a rural problem. It’s
an American problem.Fixing it does not simply mean strengthening our public education system, though, that iscritical. We must acknowledge that there are large numbers of American children, who because of circumstance, are unlikely to be able to take advantage of the best schools or the best teachers. We must acknowledge this reality and do something about it. Thesechildren are born staring at a mountain they lack the tools to climb. In Newark, I see itevery day: So many children, generation after generation, repeating history.
I’ve fought to help end this cycle, and we’ve made headway. Our fatherhood program has
helped curb recidivism and strengthened families. Our financial empowerment centers
have enabled households to keep more of what they make, and I’ve worked to attract
more than $200 million in new investment to Newark
public schools.But combating poverty is a national problem, and it requires national solutions.This plan is a roadmap for action. It is not only a plan to alleviate suffering and improvethe lives of individuals: It is a blueprint for strengthening our competitiveness byfostering job growth and economic opportunity.