Quote of the Day—September 10, 2012
A new report from “Capital Kids” reveals that the childhood poverty rate is worse in Washington, D.C., than in Mexico. We anticipate that the official poverty numbers being released this Wednesday will confirm that across the nation, children are paying the price for our political indifference to poverty in America. Demographers tell us that child poverty will almost certainly increase from its 22% level in 2010. As if 22% isn’t already tragic enough.
The fact-checkers had to work overtime at the recent political conventions to keep up with all the half-truths, distortions and outright lies being sold daily. There was one big lie we heard repeatedly from the stage at both conventions: that America is a magical place where anything is possible. Tell that to the children of America who are forced to surrender their life’s choices before they ever know their life’s chances. Tell that to seniors who might have believed that decades ago, but now face the reality of having to choose between medicine or food–excerpted from Tavis Smiley’s article, “Ignore the Young, Forget the Old,” originally published at The Huffington Post