Fellow higher ed blogger Andrew Careaga pointed out that today is Blog Action Day, which calls for bloggers to focus on poverty.
Here is my best shot and I will focus on Child Poverty in America.
Poverty in America is embarrassing and a tragedy. We are the greatest nation in the world with the greatest military and economy. How is it possible that according to the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) http://www.nccp.org
“Nearly 13 million children in the United States—18% of all children—live in families with incomes below the federal poverty level—$21,200 a year for a family of four. Research shows that, on average, families need an income of about twice that level to cover basic expenses. Using this standard, 39% of children live in low-income families.”
Of course solving our economic problems and how we resolve our military conflicts in the middle east are extraordinary important but wouldn’t it be nice for our next president made it a priority to take on children in poverty and make sure that the future looks brighter than the past for these children.
I don’t know how you do it. I don’t know how you pay for it. But I do know the President of the United States is the most powerful position in the world and he should have the smartest people working for him to solve these tough issues.