That's a question you have to ask when you read David Brown's report for WSWS:
A new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, “Kids Count Databook 2012” [PDF], reveals a sharp decline in economic well-being for children in the United States over the past few years.
Among the report’s more stark figures, the number of children living in poverty increased by 1 million between 2010 and 2011. This is an astounding increase for a single year. It is particularly telling given that such a drastic increase in poverty continued well after the Obama administration officially declared that the recession had ended.
Between 2000 and 2010, the number of children living in poverty soared upward by nearly 30 percent, from 12.2 million to 15.7 million. “The additional 3.5 million children living in poverty is nearly equivalent to the entire population of the city of Los Angeles,” the report notes.
The report gathered data from various government agencies to rate each state on 16 different criteria. The criteria were split into four different categories: economic well-being, family and community, health, and education. All four indicators reveal a dramatic increase in economic stress on children.
How can we allow that to happen with kids?
Maybe I'm wrong, but I feel like if this were 1962, we'd care a lot more.
Meaning that previous generations understood society had an obligation to its members.
But we've moved so far away from the idea that we have a right to a safety net that we're left feeling like we're begging for crumbs.
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"