Life is a team sport. The stronger each person on the team becomes, the better the results for the team as a whole. Consider a high school football team. Lots of resources are poured into it, with practice facilities, weights training, specialized coaching, and whatever else might help. When players use those resources, it isn’t resented as a handout. It’s a logical, common sense way to strengthen the team and improve the results.

Likewise, our national team needs to have all its members playing at top strength. Programs that get struggling members up to speed benefit everyone. Imagine what our country, and the whole world, could be if everyone had adequate living conditions and a great education. The economic pie would be enormous. Those with the top skills and abilities would benefit tremendously, while everyone would reap a proportional share of the success.

Contrast that view to our current approach, which so often seems to look at life as an individual sport. In order for one person or group to win, someone else has to lose.

Let’s get all our people, rich and poor, male and female, young and old, of all races, creeds, nationalities and gender orientations, playing on the same team. When the ideas and talents of all are valued and included, “I think to myself, what a wonderful world!”

Read on for the details of my ideas on many of the issues we face.