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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 childrens needs and by federal and state cuts in taxes and childrens 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 youths 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 Americas 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 nations 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 childrens 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.
And there point is....? That voting for Bush is hazardous to the wellbeing of children? Gag me.
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..
How dare people be anti-big government and anti-tax? What a crime.
We noticed you are at risk. We're the government, and we're here to help. /s
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 ...
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???
Red State children more likely to actually be born.
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.
Proabably driven by liberal tolerance of social pathologies in the "blue" parts of those "red" states - like New Orleans, Atlanta, Miami, and Dallas.
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.
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".
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.
No wonder the liberal media is tanking.
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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