Friday, February 10, 2017

Obama's plan to help poor children (there wasn't one)

“Among all children under 18 years in the U.S., 43 percent live in low-income families and 21 percent—approximately one in five—lives in a poor family." How did Obama let this happen? I thought everything was great! He said so! Our pension investments did fine most of his 8 years--and I know the wealthy did extremely well. How many articles did you see the last 8 years on a gap?  Do you suppose this could be why President Trump won and the rent-a-mobs now rage? And did you know that being raised in a married family reduced a child’s probability of living in poverty by about 82 percent? Nothing like a job to get Dad out of poverty. We have 123 income transfer programs to help the poor; it seems it does help--them stay poor.

Basic facts about low income children    Jiang, Y., Granja, M.R., & Koball, H. (2017). Basic Facts about Low-Income Children: Children under 3 Years, 2015. New York: National Center for Children in Poverty, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Marriage Drops the Probability of Child Poverty by 82 percent  
 Obama's economic, social and foreign policies not only lost the Democrats control of the federal government, but he pretty much destroyed their chances in the state governments--Republicans are now in control of a record 67 (68 percent) of the 98 partisan state legislative chambers in the nation, more than twice the number (31) in which Democrats have a majority, according to the bipartisan National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). Instead of doing some soul searching, kicking a few has-beens to the curb and reorganizing, Democrats continue to rage about Trump's tweets and hire rent a mobs, like trying to stop Betsy DeVos from visiting schools today.

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