In an historic change lost on so many leaders today, a poor child in almost every Western country is now more likely to move up in life than a similar little boy in Lincoln, Nebraska. The land of opportunity still exists, but every year we move the starting line further back for too many. But as we have done this to ourselves, we can and should undo it. This Mumgaard reinforces our shared belief in economic mobility, and encourages action on how American public life must make it a reality for all, just like generations of Americans before. Mumgaard, a (nearly) lifelong Nebraskan, has over twenty-five years experience as a public interest lawyer and entrepreneur. He has represented migrant farmworkers in Texas, family farmers in Walthill, welfare moms in Lincoln, and meatpacking workers in Lexington. Now he daily finds great satisfaction in helping develop new opportunities for greener, more sustainable communities.
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