When we look at the state of our union and the state of America's children in 2012, it's impossible to deny that our nation's economy, professed values of equal opportunity, future, and soul are all in danger right now.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the city’s record homeless population is being driven in part by homeless families from other parts of the country. But critics say that’s just an attempt to deflect attention from the mayor’s own failed policies.
NPR asked four economists to dream a little. If they could set aside the partisanship in Washington and do one thing to fix what they see as the economy's biggest problem — what would it be? Of course, even the potential solutions have downsides.