Children and Poverty
December 28, 2010 Leave a comment
As one of the wealthiest countries on the planet, we are grossly negligent about our children living in poverty. I have no idea the number of children living in the poverty in Coral Gables. Is anyone concerned about poverty in Coral Gables–I have certainly never heard a word about this issue from our town fathers and mothers.
According to the National Center for Children in Poverty, 42 percent of American children live in low-income homes and about a fifth live in poverty. It gets worse. The number of children living in poverty has risen 33 percent since 2000. For perspective, the child population of the country over all increased by only about 3 percent over that time. And, according to a 2007 Unicef report on child poverty, the U.S. ranked last among 24 wealthy countries.
This is a national disgrace.