Sunday, August 21, 2011

Child Poverty Grows

One of the most distressing statistics of the last decade is the rapid increase in child poverty.
Child poverty afflicted nearly 15 million children, or 20 percent of America's juvenile population, according to a new study released on Wednesday.

The report is written by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and is based on data from a number of sources, including the Mortgage Bankers Association, National Delinquency Survey and U.S. Census Bureau.

According to NPR, more than 30 million children were in households where no parent had a full-time year-round job.

In totality, the child poverty rate grew about 18 percent over the past decade.

The impact of child poverty can be devastating and long-lasting. Researchers found that low-income children are likely to suffer academically, economically and socially long after their parents have recovered. Child poverty also leads to less of a likelihood to find gainful employment in adulthood.
Can we seriously be considering austerity measures at a time when child poverty is so quickly on the rise? Are we OK with throwing away 20% of our future and if we do, wouldn't we just spent the saved money in the criminal justice system somewhere down the line?

Actions have consequences and austerity at this time in our history is counter productive. President Obama has so far played right into Republican hands by starting negotiations from a position in the center while the Republicans have been unwilling to compromise.

Mitch McConnell stated that defeating Obama was his number one priority and America's children are now collateral damage. Should a Republican win the Presidency next year then America as we have known it will be officially dead. Will American's pay close enough attention to what is actually happening to stop this or will they be fooled into once again voting against their own best interests? I am afraid for the future of this country for the first time in my life.