…the future of tomorrow’s generation, in the us…Posted: 2015-01-18
…as the tragedy spawned by cynical politicians continues to unfold…
Unicef had recently put out its study on children in countries of the world. Clio Chang of The Century Foundation would follow up with a very readable treatment of the present lot of children of the US compared with elsewhere. In her report, Seven Lessons About Child Poverty, she gets immediately to the point, in case no one has been paying attention to data available in abundance,
The official child poverty rate in the United States stands at 20 percent, the second-highest among its developed counterparts, for a total of almost 15 million children. Since the 2008 recession, 1.7 million more kids have fallen into poverty, according to UNICEF’s relative measure of poverty.
An abundance of charts illustrate the unfortunate reality of a still strong economy on the verge of losing a of young people.
And at about the same time comes another report, A New Majority Research Bulletin: Low Income Students Now a Majority in the Nation’s Public Schools, from which an excerpt that should also attract interest,
2015 – Low income students are now a majority of the schoolchildren attending the nation’s public schools, according to this research bulletin. The latest data collected from the states by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), show that 51 percent of the students across the nation’s public schools were low income in 2013.
The urgent question should certainly be: Where are the policy makers in the US on this? State, local or federal? What do they consider priority, in the best interest of the citizen?
And in the same context, and suggestive of that strategy of distraction of the voter, we have this from the Telegraph regarding the situation in the UK, Archbishops’ pre-election assault on ‘evil’ of inequality in Coalition Britain,
Britain, they argue has been “dominated” by “rampant consumerism and individualism” since the Thatcher era, while the Christian values of solidarity and selflessness have been supplanted by a new secular creed of “every person for themselves”.
And while that observation was recent, we have this report of October 2014 on the welfare of the UK child from The Guardian, Child poverty levels in UK mapped out by new research, from which couple excerpts,
One in every two youngsters in the most socially deprived areas live in families struggling below the poverty line, according to new research that maps the extent of financial hardship in the UK.
A quarter of all children in the UK live in poverty once housing costs are taken into account, the research finds, although this figure rises above 40% in some of the most expensive parts of London.
Again, we have no sudden discovery of continuing deterioration in the lives of the poor, entrenched and recent arrivals, as leaders focus on popularity-boosting photo-op gimmicks like ‘Je suis Charlie’, turning a tragedy into a travesty.
Ironically, among the countries where there has been deliberate focus on policies to reduce poverty and indigence, Venezuela is one that, notwithstanding its severe economic and other challenges, has attained solid results. As a blogger comments in his, Monstruo del capitalismo incrementa porcentaje de niños en pobreza y hambre en Europa y EE.UU, over at telesurtv, after showing some Unicef results for the US and other European countries,
En cuanto a la reducción de los hogares considerados pobres disminuyó de 21,64% en el 2001 a 17,60% en el 2011. Mientras que aumentaron los No Pobres de 67% al 75,43%-
Indeed, Venezuela has not done badly, against all odds?
Perhaps distractions for the citizens in countries such as the US in particular account for a singular lack of interest in the fate of their children?
After all, a recent survey speaks volumes, 4 in 10 Americans erroneously believe US found active WMDs in Iraq – survey, making it clear that the success of the two US political parties lies in focusing the attention of the hapless US voter on that great threat, that existential enemy, ‘out there’ The aim, and a successful one, has been to terrify and keep terrified (and distracted) a credulous voter typically very uninformed on world affairs. With regard to domestic issues, the charade would continue: some proposal to address some festering economic issue, fully aware that nothing will happen beyond talk – case in point, last year the farce of inequality as the ‘defining issue of our time’, according to the cynical US President.
…the ascendance of china continues, with others appearing; and the decline of the us continues, facilitated by its very policies…