These days, we rarely have a parent at home when the kids return from school.
No one is there to encourage them to get their homework done, then get out and exercise before the evening meal, leaving the pods, pads and phones behind. Making sure there's more home-prepared food than confected carbohydrates and fats.
Nor do we instill in our children a desire to learn and set goals in their lives, checking frequently on their progress, helping a little, but expecting the success to come from the child.
We have been sowing failures now for almost 50 years. Many of us have more than our parents ever had, but mostly in extrinsic non-essentials.
On the other hand, we have almost 90 million who have given up on looking for work, our safety nets meeting basic needs. What a Faustian bargain we have made.
Yes, we must take care of our poor and needy. But what are we doing to help the children ultimately help themselves. That's where the blooms will come from.
More and better parenting is part of the answer. More policies we do not need.