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Book: “Red” State Children at Much Greater Risk than Youths In “Blue” States ...
Every Child Matters ^ | January 24, 2007 | Book author: Mike Petit

Posted on 02/09/2007 11:14:39 AM PST by Lorianne

Living in a “red” state appears to be more hazardous to the health of millions of American children, according to startling data contained in a major new book, “Homeland Insecurity… American Children at Risk” available free to parents, policymakers and other concerned Americans. The factors weighed in the “Homeland Insecurity” ranking includes such diverse indicators as inadequate pre-natal care, lack of health care insurance coverage, early death, child abuse, hunger and teen incarceration.

Based on a diverse range of 11 child-related statistical measures, nine of the 10 top states with the best outcomes for children today are “blue” states (Wisconsin, Iowa, New Jersey, Washington, Minnesota, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont and #1-ranked New Hampshire, with Iowa being the sole “red” state in the group) and all 10 of the bottom states with the worst outcomes for children are “red” states (Wyoming, Georgia, Arkansas, Alabama, South Carolina, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Louisiana and, in last place, Mississippi).

The political dividing lines used in the book are “red” states (those that voted Republican in the 2004 presidential election) versus “blue” states (those that voted Democratic). “Homeland Insecurity … American Children at Risk” outlines a $500 billion “Invest in Kids” agenda to reverse the harmful impact of conservative ideology on children caused by the failure to invest in documented children’s needs and by federal and state cuts in taxes and children’s programs beginning in the early 1980s and accelerating since 2001.

Michael R. Petit, author of “Homeland Insecurity… American Children at Risk,” and founder of Every Child Matters, said: “The bottom line here is that where a child lives can be a major factor in that youth’s ability to survive and thrive in America. The reason why this is the case is no mystery: ‘Blue’ states tend to tax themselves at significantly higher levels, which makes it possible to reach more children and families with beneficial health, social and education programs. ‘Red’ states overwhelmingly are home to decades-long adherence to anti-government and anti-tax ideology that often runs directly contrary to the needs of healthy children and stable families.”

Joel J. Alpert, MD, professor and chairman emeritus, Boston University School of Medicine, and past president, American Academy of Pediatrics, said: “It is unconscionable for policymakers and parents to allow two very different Americas to exist today for our children. Currently, millions of American children are without health insurance, millions are reported abused and neglected, millions are left unsupervised everyday after school, and millions have parents in a prison system that is crushing families. Many programs such as the State Child Heath Insurance Program and Head Start serve only a fraction of eligible children. We can and must erase the differences that exist today for children in ‘red’ and ‘blue’ states.

How serious is it for many children today in “red” states? The “red”/”blue” state dividing line is clear on issue after issue cited in “Homeland Insecurity”:

A child in the bottom 10 states is twice as likely to die by the age of 14 as are children in the top 10. All 10 of the bottom states of this measure are “red” states. All of the top 10 states are “blue” states. Children in the bottom 10 states are 1.8 times as likely to be uninsured as children in the top 10. Nine of the 10 states in the bottom of this measure are “red” states. Eight of the top 10 states are “blue” states. Children in the bottom 10 states are seven times more likely to die from abuse and neglect as are children in the top states. Nine of the 10 bottom states of this measure are “red” states. Eight of the top 10 states are “blue” states. A child in a bottom-10 state is more than twice as likely to be living in poverty as a child in a top-10 states. All of the 10 states in the bottom are “red” states. Six of the top 10 states are “blue” states. Women in the bottom 10 states are more than twice as likely to receive inadequate prenatal care as women in the top 10 states. Eight of 10 states in the bottom of this measure are “red” states. Seven of the top 10 states are “blue” states. Juveniles in the bottom 10 states are almost two and a half times as likely to be incarcerated as juveniles in the top 10. Eight of the 10 bottom states of this measure are “red” states. Seven of the top 10 are “blue” states. Children in the bottom 10 states are 74 percent more likely to die before their first birthday as are children in the top 10. Eight of the 10 states in the bottom of this measure are “red” states. Seven of the top 10 states are “blue” states. In order to illustrate the huge gap between “red” and “blue” states, the new book points to the serious circumstances facing more than a million children today in one of the crucibles of “compassionate conservatism”: Texas. The Lone Star state has the highest percentage of uninsured children in the nation (24.6 percent v. 15.7 percent nationally), the fourth worst rate of immunizing two year-olds (75 percent v. 84 percent nationwide) and a teen birth rate that is 50 percent higher than the national average. There are more uninsured children in Texas (1.24 million) than there are in 26 other states combined, including such large-population states as Oregon, Minnesota, Louisiana, Colorado and Wisconsin. Texas also ranks #1 in both child abuse deaths and the percentage of households experiencing “food insecurity” (16.4 percent versus 11.4 percent nationwide).

Sarah M. Greene, president and CEO, National Head Start Association, said: “I am pleased to see that the author correctly recognizes the danger posed to American children and, in fact, our nation in general by dwindling support for head start programs that target America’s most at-risk children in order to get them ready to learn in school. We wholeheartedly endorse the portion of the ‘Homeland insecurity’ that calls for full-scale national/state-level support for early childhood education … including full funding of Head Start.”

Elizabeth J. Clark, PhD, ACSW, MPH, executive director, National Association of Social Workers, Washington, D.C., said: “The statistics that Mike Petit cites in ‘Homeland Insecurity’ are borne out in our work every day as social workers. Social workers are the women and men who are charged with working with children and their families in direct care and through national and state legislative advocacy. Social workers make an investment in our nation’s children. We call on the government to make that same investment. Social workers are partners with educators and medical personnel to make positive changes in children’s lives and we implore lawmakers to make their well-being the centerpiece of the 2008 elections and beyond.”

“Homeland Insecurity” outlines a 10-year, $500 billion “Invest in Kids” agenda to improve the life chances of all U.S. children, regardless of where they live. This important new book is available on the Web at http://www.everychildmatters.org. Among the investments proposed:

Child Health. Create a universal children's health insurance program similar to Medicare for the elderly - Over 8,000,000 children do not have health insurance and millions more are at risk of losing their coverage. Combining and expanding Medicaid, S-CHIP, and employment-based insurance is achievable. The Every Child Matters Education Fund opposes any attempt by the Administration and Congress to cut or block grant the Medicaid entitlement. Child Abuse. Intensify federal efforts to reduce child abuse and neglect - Nearly three million reports of child abuse and neglect are made annually. Proven programs exist to prevent and treat child abuse, a widespread problem that contributes to many other social ills. The Every Child Matters Education Fund opposes any attempt by the Administration and Congress to block-grant the Title IV-E foster care program. After-School Programs. Promote after-school programs that provide learning activities and connect kids with caring adults - After-school programs have been shown to help prevent crime, drug use, and teen pregnancy. Millions of unsupervised children and teens would benefit. The 21 Century Community Learning Centers program has not seen an increase in federal funding in three years, resulting in fewer and fewer children being served. The Every Child Matters Education Fund supports a substantial increase in funding for after-school programs. Pre-School Education. Ensure that every child, regardless of income or background, has access to high quality pre-school education - Millions of eligible three and four year-olds are not enrolled in quality pre-kindergarten programs that can help prepare them for school. The Every Child Matters Education Fund opposes any effort by the Administration in Congress to block grant or cut funding for Head Start and supports universal access to pre-school education for 3 and 4 year olds. Working Families and Taxes. Extend the child tax credit to the working poor - Currently, families that make between $10,500 and $26,500 per year, even though they pay federal payroll taxes, do not receive the $1,000 per child credit that families with higher incomes receive. Extending tax cuts to these families will help lift them from poverty and simply show fairness as trillion of dollars in tax cuts have gone to more fortunate individuals.


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Sorry, no room for the BARF alert in the title line
1 posted on 02/09/2007 11:14:42 AM PST by Lorianne
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To: Lorianne

And there point is....? That voting for Bush is hazardous to the wellbeing of children? Gag me.


2 posted on 02/09/2007 11:16:37 AM PST by My2Cents ("I support the right-ward most candidate who has a legitimate chance to win." -- W.F. Buckley)
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To: Lorianne

‘Blue’ states tend to tax themselves at significantly higher levels, which makes it possible to reach more children and families with beneficial health, social and education programs. ‘Red’ states overwhelmingly are home to decades-long adherence to anti-government and anti-tax ideology that often runs directly contrary to the needs of healthy children and stable families.

translation: we must raise little socialists instead of those coming up in households that believe in the individual..


3 posted on 02/09/2007 11:17:28 AM PST by GeorgiaDawg32 (I'm a Patriot Guard Rider.....www.patriotguard.org for info..)
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To: Lorianne


4 posted on 02/09/2007 11:17:29 AM PST by darkwing104 (Let's get dangerous)
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To: Lil'freeper

Ping


5 posted on 02/09/2007 11:17:33 AM PST by big'ol_freeper (It looks like one of those days when one nuke is just not enough-- Lt. Col. Mitchell, SG-1)
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To: Lorianne
A brilliant attack by the culture which is driving Hillary Clinton's campaign. Really brilliant. Undermine the confidence of all those red state moms and get them to vote for Hillary.

How dare people be anti-big government and anti-tax? What a crime.

6 posted on 02/09/2007 11:17:55 AM PST by rjp2005 (Lord have mercy on us)
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To: Lorianne

We noticed you are at risk. We're the government, and we're here to help. /s


7 posted on 02/09/2007 11:18:08 AM PST by rbookward (When 900 years old you are, type as well you will not!)
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To: Lorianne

Bush's fault.


8 posted on 02/09/2007 11:18:40 AM PST by Southside_Chicago_Republican (????? in 2008)
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To: Lorianne

All that may be true, but Red-State children are less likely to be shot-up in school, or killed by drug gangs, or hooked on heroin, or OBESE, or blown up by terrorists ...

... you get the idea ...

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9 posted on 02/09/2007 11:18:48 AM PST by Westbrook (Having more children does not divide your love, it multiplies it!)
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To: Lorianne

Research indicates that the average size of the male penis is significantly smaller in Blue States than in Red States. Wonder why that would be???


10 posted on 02/09/2007 11:19:52 AM PST by RVN Airplane Driver ("To be born into freedom is an accident; to die in freedom is an obligation..)
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To: Westbrook

Red State children more likely to actually be born.


11 posted on 02/09/2007 11:20:17 AM PST by roses of sharon
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To: Westbrook

You're mostly right but I'd bet that red state children would be more likely to get hooked on meth and I know I've seen maps showing red states to have higher obesity rates.


12 posted on 02/09/2007 11:21:06 AM PST by ricardobaltazar
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To: Lorianne
All 10 of the bottom states of this measure are “red” states.

Proabably driven by liberal tolerance of social pathologies in the "blue" parts of those "red" states - like New Orleans, Atlanta, Miami, and Dallas.

13 posted on 02/09/2007 11:22:20 AM PST by Mr. Jeeves ("When the government is invasive, the people are wanting." -- Tao Te Ching)
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To: My2Cents

Without getting too deeply into this, it appears that the "evil" states (Wyoming excepted) are warm climates.
So it's obvious that warm weather is hazardous to children's health.

Therefore global warming caused by John Edwards monstrous carbon footprint is the REAL reason.


14 posted on 02/09/2007 11:22:43 AM PST by nascarnation
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To: Lorianne

Checked out their website...briefly.Saw the Children's Defense Fund mentioned as one of their "sister' organizations.I now know everything about them that I need to know because,as my Mom taught me as a kid...."you're know by the company you keep".


15 posted on 02/09/2007 11:23:23 AM PST by Gay State Conservative ("The meaning of peace is the absence of opposition to socialism."-Karl Marx)
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To: RVN Airplane Driver

Source?


16 posted on 02/09/2007 11:23:26 AM PST by ricardobaltazar
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To: Lorianne

I'm surprised the article didn't mention gun ownership rates in "red" states.

high gun ownership = children in poverty

Reminds me of this organization that puts up billboards in New Mexico that imply that weapons research at the labs (Los Alamos and Sandia) is causing poverty in New Mexico.

www.lasg.org


17 posted on 02/09/2007 11:23:51 AM PST by Disambiguator
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To: roses of sharon

Good point


18 posted on 02/09/2007 11:24:01 AM PST by Lorianne
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To: Lorianne

No wonder the liberal media is tanking.


19 posted on 02/09/2007 11:24:05 AM PST by EagleUSA
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To: EagleUSA

I'm sure they picked Texas as the poster child for evil because the large number of illegals massively distorts the stats.


20 posted on 02/09/2007 11:26:23 AM PST by nascarnation
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To: ricardobaltazar
You're mostly right but I'd bet that red state children would be more likely to get hooked on meth...

My understanding is that the only part of the country that hasn't seen meth (yet) is the Northeast and that likely to be because we see most trends last because were farthest away from California.

21 posted on 02/09/2007 11:27:09 AM PST by Gay State Conservative ("The meaning of peace is the absence of opposition to socialism."-Karl Marx)
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To: Disambiguator
"Reminds me of this organization that puts up billboards in New Mexico that imply that weapons research at the labs (Los Alamos and Sandia) is causing poverty in New Mexico. "

WHAT is "weapons research"?

22 posted on 02/09/2007 11:27:49 AM PST by jackibutterfly
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To: Lorianne
“The bottom line here is that where a child lives can be a major factor in that youth’s ability to survive and thrive in America. The reason why this is the case is no mystery: ‘Blue’ states tend to tax themselves at significantly higher levels, which makes it possible to reach more children and families with beneficial health, social and education programs. ‘Red’ states overwhelmingly are home to decades-long adherence to anti-government and anti-tax ideology that often runs directly contrary to the needs of healthy children and stable families.”

But this guy doesn't have an agenda. Surely not.

23 posted on 02/09/2007 11:27:51 AM PST by Pete
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To: Lorianne
“Homeland Insecurity … American Children at Risk” outlines a $500 billion “Invest in Kids” agenda to reverse the harmful impact of conservative ideology on children...

In other words, the author is calling upon the powers that be to force servitude upon those reckless red-staters who are neglecting and abusing their children.

This book is dangerous in that it represents an early and beginning effort to demonizing a fellow countrymen based upon ideology. The book also appears to recommend punitive action on those who do not share the "blue state" philosophy.

This book is the new "Animal Farm" book.

24 posted on 02/09/2007 11:28:53 AM PST by Obadiah
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To: jackibutterfly

They have all these egghead "nukular" physicists working on new and creative ordnance. They do some pretty far-out stuff at those places.


25 posted on 02/09/2007 11:29:49 AM PST by Disambiguator
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To: Lorianne

Polypragmonocracy on the march.


26 posted on 02/09/2007 11:30:33 AM PST by ctdonath2 (The color blue tastes like the square root of 0?)
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To: nascarnation

I'm sure they picked Texas as the poster child for evil because the large number of illegals massively distorts the stats.
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Yes, and all of the Southwest states, especially California, has the same disasterous demographics.


27 posted on 02/09/2007 11:31:18 AM PST by EagleUSA
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To: Lorianne

The real difference here is that the top states are extremely white, and the bottom ones are very "minority".

There is a huge difference in black vs white infant mortality for instance, and this cuts across regional lines. This is a cultural problem as well, and not directly related to poverty, as Hispanic populations in the US do very well on infant mortality (matching whites) in spite of being just as poor as blacks.

Any state with a high black population will look bad in a study like this.


28 posted on 02/09/2007 11:31:53 AM PST by buwaya
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To: Lorianne
Wyoming, Georgia, Arkansas, Alabama, South Carolina, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Louisiana and, in last place, Mississippi).

Yeah, all the states that are on the frontlines of the illegal immigration hordes.

29 posted on 02/09/2007 11:34:02 AM PST by VeniVidiVici (Celebrate Monocacy!)
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To: Gay State Conservative

And that's the whole reason why these stats are pretty pointless. The spread of meth is basically something that's sweeping from one side of the country to another. There's a lot more factors to why states are ranked a particular way for a certain category than party affiliation.


30 posted on 02/09/2007 11:34:05 AM PST by ricardobaltazar
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To: nascarnation
caused by John Edwards monstrous carbon footprint

LOL...Must outlaw carbon-based life forms if we're to save the planet.

31 posted on 02/09/2007 11:34:57 AM PST by My2Cents ("I support the right-ward most candidate who has a legitimate chance to win." -- W.F. Buckley)
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To: Lorianne
You've got to be kidding. I live in a so-called "Blue" State and we have a public high school graduation rate of 61% that is dropping every year. So that means that right now, 39% of the 'children' who attended public school are now left behind.

39% of the eventual adult population who have the equivalent of a sixth grade education (if that) is not good news, long-term, for this so-called "Blue" state!

No wonder Hillary wants to control everybody. At this rate, she can and she will.

32 posted on 02/09/2007 11:35:17 AM PST by pray4liberty (http://totallyunjust.tripod.com)
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To: roses of sharon
Red State children more likely to actually be born.

How true that is!

33 posted on 02/09/2007 11:37:41 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Lorianne
My inital reaction to this is what a load of bullsh*t!
34 posted on 02/09/2007 11:38:15 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Lorianne
Currently, millions of American children are without health insurance, millions are reported abused and neglected, millions are left unsupervised everyday after school, and millions have parents in a prison system that is crushing families.

And I would say that overwhelmingly children that fall into those categories are living in large urban areas almost exclusively under BLUE control!

35 posted on 02/09/2007 11:40:33 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Westbrook

All that may be true, but Red-State children are less likely to be shot-up in school, or killed by drug gangs, or hooked on heroin, or OBESE, or blown up by terrorists ...




...or killed before leaving the womb


36 posted on 02/09/2007 11:40:59 AM PST by CAPTAINSUPERMARVELMAN
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To: Lorianne

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1774147/posts

Another article about this book was posted a couple weeks ago. I am not being a dupe thread Nazi but I did want to point out a discrepancy in the articles. The link above has my home state, Nebraska, listed as a blue state that was in the "top 10" in the article. I disputed that in a post because Nebraska is about as far from a blue state as you can get. Nebraska has not voted for a Dem for president since FDR. It looks like this article may have a more accurate top 10 listing.


37 posted on 02/09/2007 11:42:47 AM PST by Big Red Clay (Greetings from the Big Red State)
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To: Lorianne

non-sequitor alert


38 posted on 02/09/2007 11:43:44 AM PST by LiteKeeper (Beware the secularization of America; the Islamization of Eurabia)
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To: Lorianne

I just downloaded it,

It's all one big LIE

They state that 24.6% of Texas children are ininsured.

What about C.H.I.P.S.?


39 posted on 02/09/2007 11:44:30 AM PST by Big Otto
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To: Lorianne

Providing you don't get caught in the crossfire.


40 posted on 02/09/2007 11:45:20 AM PST by Tarpon
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To: roses of sharon

Excellent point. It is hard for children to suffer from obesity, violence or a lack of health insurance when they are killed before they are born.

At least more red state kids get a fighting chance.


41 posted on 02/09/2007 11:45:21 AM PST by Marie2 (I used to be disgusted. Now I try to be amused.)
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To: Mr. Jeeves

Red states are more likely to be in the South where there are large numbers of poor blacks and whites who are more likely than wealthy white liberals to exhibit outwardly pathological behavior.
Thats not to say these well to do libs are virtuous or "better" but they can afford to hire therapists and "life coaches"for their wayward offspring much easier than someone in the Miss.Delta or hills of Arkansas.


42 posted on 02/09/2007 11:45:50 AM PST by Riverman94610
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To: Lorianne

I can tell you unequivocally, if the blue counties in Mississippi were removed, Mississippi would be in the top ten of healthy youths. Jackson and the Delta up to Memphis have the problem that drags the entire state down....diversity has its downside...


43 posted on 02/09/2007 11:46:59 AM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: Lorianne
Blue’ states tend to tax themselves at significantly higher levels, which makes it possible to reach more children and families with beneficial health, social and education programs. ‘Red’ states overwhelmingly are home to decades-long adherence to anti-government and anti-tax ideology that often runs directly contrary to the needs of healthy children and stable families.”

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I have never seen high taxes equated with stable families before. Low taxes give moms the opportunity to stay home and actually supervise their children after school - something that significantly reduces the rate of teen drug abuse and pregnancy. Further, a parent home after school helps children to do better in school. High taxes don't help kids with their homework.
44 posted on 02/09/2007 11:47:24 AM PST by keepitreal
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To: Big Otto

Yeah and Georgia has Peachcare. It ticks me off that a woman I know could get healthcare from her husbands job and she could also buy it...she gets stipend, but she'd rather spend the money (not wisely either) and her son is on Peachcare which is supposed to be for low income kids with no opportunity to get health insurance. Many of the uninsured don't choose to purchase it.


45 posted on 02/09/2007 11:50:57 AM PST by nyconse
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To: ctdonath2

This is a classic case of ignoring the real root cause and assigning a root cause that is convenient to the argument.

Almost any idiot can see a trend here.

These "bad" states are mostly southern states with the highest numbers of illegal immigrants. Illegal immigration probably has a higher correlation to these problems than political affiliation.

Secondly, just how "red" or "blue" are some of these states anyway? NM has a Democrat governor as does Louisiana, several states in the "Blue" category have republican governors and/or legislatures.

Often, the trends today are a reflection of political decisions of many previous administrations, the majority of which were predominantly "Blue" in the "bad" southern states over the past 50 years.

The real test would be to see kids of which party have the highest rates of the same maladies nation-wide. I think we know the answer here.


46 posted on 02/09/2007 11:51:37 AM PST by Hillary'sMoralVoid (hey cannot co)
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To: Lorianne

There are three kinds of lies: lies, damn lies, and statistics.-Benjamin Disraeli


47 posted on 02/09/2007 12:01:00 PM PST by magslinger (Ask Dad. He'll know. And on the off chance he doesn't, he'll make up something good.)
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To: Lorianne
Most of the Red states mentioned have a high minority population (ironic since most of the youths this article refers to are probably future Democrat voters).
48 posted on 02/09/2007 12:04:04 PM PST by GeorgefromGeorgia
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To: My2Cents
Was this some government-funded Liberal study?????


49 posted on 02/09/2007 12:07:06 PM PST by traditional1
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To: Lorianne

They left the children that are in pieces in the trash out of the survey in the Blue states didn't they?


50 posted on 02/09/2007 12:09:14 PM PST by listenhillary (You can lead a man to reason, but you can't make him think)
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