I’ve been closely following politics for much of my life -and, in my case, that’s a pretty long time - and I am comfortable in saying that Newt’s speech may well be the most offensive political speech I have ever heard spoken by an American politician.
Poor children don’t understand the concept of providing services in exchange for cash unless that service or sale is illegal? Nobody in our poorest communities works leaving the kids without sufficient role models capable of teaching the value of a good day’s work?
These are the utterings one might expect from an imbecile who grew up in a community so shielded from the poor that such a person simply could not know any better.
The move was signalled by the work and pensions secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, and David Cameron in the week that the government was forced to admit that its autumn statement will mean another 100,000 children brought into child poverty under the measure enshrined in law by the Labour government. Labour set the target of eliminating child poverty, so no household has an income of 60% or below the national median, by 2020.
60 Minutes on CBS News: Hard Times Generation: Families living in cars - Scott Pelley brings "60 Minutes" cameras back to central Florida to document another form of family homelessness: kids and their parents forced to live in cars.
Does anybody, this election season, have a plan for reducing the rate of child poverty, especially in the south? In ten different states, including Texas, one child in every four is born into poverty. This is obviously unacceptable — but it’s equally obviously being swept beneath the political carpet. Not only don’t poor kids vote, their parents don’t tend to vote much either.
60 Minutes on CBS News: Hard times generation: homeless kids - For some children, socializing and learning are being cruelly complicated by homelessness, as Scott Pelley reports from Florida, where school buses now stop at motels for children...
To break the cycle of poverty and guarantee social mobility, the government must concentrate on high school graduation rates and the quality of public school curriculums. Instead, it seems that Newt Gingrich wants to merely throw small work-study stipends at the children of the underemployed and unemployed.
Punishing children for the poverty they have inherited — through no fault of their own — is reprehensible. Instead, we should seek to elevate these childrens' economic status by making them read in class — not take out the trash.
British Columbia has had the dubious distinction of having the worst child poverty rate in the country for eight years in a row and has exceeded the national average for 11 years — through boom-and-bust economic cycles.
This report, authored by Jane Waldfogel of Columbia University and the London School of Economics, describes the recent efforts of the United Kingdom (UK) to end child poverty by 2020. Over the last decade, the UK government carried out an ambitious and multifaceted anti-poverty campaign – with significant results as they reduced child poverty by more than half. Remarkably, their success in reducing child poverty continued even during the recession, as child poverty fell again in the last year – in sharp contrast to the pattern for the US, where child poverty has now reached its highest level in 20 years.