There is a growing imbalance in economic opportunity, income and wealth in this country. We need to address this issue, not by pulling down successful people, but by helping others climb the ladder of success. Urban areas have taken great strides, while rural areas and small towns have fallen behind. The populist movement fails to honestly address the causes of these trends and is not leading us toward solutions. International trade and the global economy are not the bogey-men they are being made out to be. The trends that put our small cities, towns, and rural areas at risk are being driven by market forces and capitalism. If any country knows that free markets and capitalism offer more opportunity than challenges, it should be the United States. We must embrace the opportunities they present and find ways to bring the coastal economic momentum and entrepreneurism to the heartland.