Children are suffering, living in poverty and thanks to that wonderful thing called "sequestration," they're having their education opportunities and health care cut while tax rates remain nice and low for the rich. Aren't wealth gaps wonderful? Hey! That's the American way!
As Michael Petit (executive director of Every Child Matters, which launched Strong Kids, Strong Virginia... www.strongkidsstrongvirginia.com) put it, Yes, Virginia, there are children in need:
Nationwide, 16.4 million children, or 23 percent, were in families living in poverty in 2011, an increase from 15.7 million ... This was on top of the finding in 2012 that the number of children living in poverty had increased by nearly 33 percent from 2000 to 2010.
How has Virginia fared? According to data from the Census Bureau, the “deep poverty” rate jumped by more than 20 percent [...]
To put it in human terms, hundreds of thousands of Virginia children go to sleep hungry, don’t get the medical care they need or are inadequately supervised while parents work. For many of these children, poverty is so disruptive that a basic education is often not possible because of frequent moves or because they attend underfunded schools that place them squarely at educational risk. [...]
[H]ow we treat the most vulnerable among us says a lot about who we are as a people, and where we see this great commonwealth and country heading in the future.
Please read his entire column here.
From what I heard from President Obama in Tennessee just now, he and Petit clearly agree. No child should go without an education, or go to bed hungry, or be deprived of food and health care. Ever. Right "pro-lifers"?