We at WaMo were a bit surprised to hear Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE) on the Senate floor quoting abundantly from our November-December cover package on declining opportunity, especially for young people.

Now that she’s on record as understanding the urgency of the situation, perhaps Fischer and others like her will pay just a bit of attention to the policy prescriptions offered in the same issue she’s quoting. Mark Edwards’ five-part agenda for what Congress could do right now to improve opportunities for youth would be an excellent place to start.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.