An excellent OpEd asks why the USA values making the rich richer more than its own children while supporting its position with impeccable statistics that show the USA behind in caring for its own children.
Not just behind, but the United States of America one of the worst countries for children who through no fault of their own are born to poor parents. You don’t have to take my word for it though, again, the survey is at this link
In our own state, we create 800 legal orphans a year, and had to be forced to comply with even the minimalist federal standards for children aging out of welfare. For those who have successfully raised their own children, again, I wonder how many would open their empty nests to young adults who need last stage guidance, as they launch into their own lives?
One more consideration: The baby boomers are retiring. Unless we educate their replacements and keep young adults able to work, this state and this country will be less and less economically competitive.
Just recently, drop out rates averaging 50% were discovered for some ethnic groups with all the social costs that result.
My challenge to Massachusetts and the USA is to invest in children to remain competitive, and not become a third world backwater. This is not “liberal” or “progressive” or “conservative”. In my view it is common sense. Educating enough of our young adults, and having them able to live independent and productive lives is critical – it IS a matter of survival to the children themselves as well and I believe, critical to the well-being of this state and this country.