Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Sorry You're Hungry, Kids, But, You Know, The Deficit

childComing soon: "About 21 percent of children in the United States will be living below the poverty line in 2010, the highest rate in 20 years, according to a new analysis of children's well-being released Tuesday."

Also: "Virtually all the progress made in the family economic well-being domain since 1975 will be wiped out. Families, schools, neighborhood and community organizations, and governments continue to cope with budget cuts and the loss of jobs, producing the anticipated 'lag time' in economic recovery."

Any good news?"Of all of the Key Indicators in the Family Economic Well-Being Domain, the health insurance indicator will be the least negatively impacted by the current recession. The main reason is that health insurance coverage for children is substantially impacted by public programs, such as the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) and other publicly financed health care programs."

Foundation for Child Development's study estimates that approximately 90% of American children will have some access to health insurance, which is good, because what with the poverty, food insecurity and emotional trauma associated with continuing parental unemployment, they're going to need it.


21 Comments / Post A Comment

mathnet (#27)

But foundation will be easier to apply.

Childhood obesity eradicated!

MikeBarthel (#1,884)

According to my grandparents, this will help build their character. But my grandparents were assholes, so who knows?

HiredGoons (#603)
Art Yucko (#1,321)

Looks like the Soylent Chicken got here just in time!

Not to worry, the Ice will soothe their hunger.

doubled277 (#2,783)

Maybe if the kids realized that all these boomers are the reason we have such large deficits there would be some kind of child uprising. Then all our research into how many 5th graders adults could take on would seem very prescient

HiredGoons (#603)

I'll take a meeting with He Who Walks Behind the Rows.

doubled277 (#2,783)

He's busy

atlasfugged (#4,481)

@doubled277: I'm pretty sure I can take on at least four fifth graders at a time, as long as none of them have the quick wits to kick me in the nuts.

doubled277 (#2,783)

Um, have you spent time with 5th graders recently? This will be the FIRST place they go for.

Jim Demintia (#1,815)

Get a job, hippies.

scroll_lock (#4,122)

Can I have their room?

MikeBarthel (#1,884)

Sorry, we're going to be renting that out.

doubled277 (#2,783)

But surely we can have their toys?

saythatscool (#101)

Come first frost, those will be burned for heat.

Art Yucko (#1,321)

@saythatscool: Why stop there? Let's make it a modern-day Donner Party!

roboloki (#1,724)

i'll wager children smoking will decrease.

doubled277 (#2,783)


kneetoe (#1,881)

@robolink: If you smoke them, they last longer (a dash would've helped, but I understand your reluctance.

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