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If the cliche is correct and the children are our future, the federal government's investment in the future dropped in 2011. Federal spending on children fell last year, the first such decrease since the early 1980s. On top of that, the Urban Institute projects that "In the absence of legislative action ... federal outlays on children will fall by 6 percent in 2012 and an additional 2 percent in 2013."

With total federal spending increasing while outlays and tax expenditures benefiting children fell by $5 billion, kids went from being 10.7 percent of the budget to 10.4 percent. Federal education spending alone dropped by $5 billion. (Since some programs also grew, education is not the only children's program to be cut.)

These numbers are playing out and will keep playing out in thousands of ways, from cuts to teachers and school janitors to cuts to nutrition assistance for kids. And the cuts will keep coming as long as Republicans have an ounce of leverage to make it happen.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Thu Jul 19, 2012 at 11:27 AM PDT.

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  •  puts the defense sequstered funds in perspective (2+ / 0-)

    the GOP is "fear mongering" about the millions of jobs that will be lost if the sequestration goes into effect as planned in 2013.  

    Duh!  Austerity causes job cuts - what a surprise.

    And I would rather rehire teachers than protect the defense industry.  

    I remember (many, many years ago) that the standard economics texts I studied talked about the tradeoffs between "guns or butter" - more of one meant less of the other.  I wonder if they still teach that phrase today. (I guess they do.)

    I vote for butter, not guns.

    why I'm a Democrat - Isaiah 58:6-12, Matthew 25:31-46

    by marking time on Thu Jul 19, 2012 at 11:55:18 AM PDT

  •  why do they hate our children? (2+ / 0-)

    Don't they want healthy, well-educated children staffing our hospitals, our construction companies, our research labs.... ?

    Sorry this post of yours didn't get much notice. It's scary stuff.

  •  Mission accomplished (2+ / 0-)

    The radical Republican party is the party of oppression, fear, loathing and above all more money and power for the people who robbed us.

    by a2nite on Thu Jul 19, 2012 at 04:36:53 PM PDT

    •  The people who vote for legislators (1+ / 0-)
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      who are willing to endanger our children and our children's futures should have to live under the rules their "leaders" have in store for them.  I bet they would scream bloody murder.  I just don't want to live under their "leaders'" rules long enough for them to get the point.

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Sat Jul 21, 2012 at 07:54:45 PM PDT

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  •  This bodes ill for our future! (duh) (0+ / 0-)

    Any society that puts the health of old people over the health of its children, just doesn't deserve to continue (i.e. Medicare but no Childcare).  It outrages me that Republicans visit the "sins" of the fathers on our children, blaming children for being born into poverty.  We need to start collectively caring for ALL our children.  I'm ready for the pendulum to start swinging back to sanity, already!

    •  Once upon a time (6+ / 0-)

      Older people cared about our children and grandchildren.  The GI Bill was enacted with bipartisan late in World War II so that our then young returning GI's could attend universities at taxpayer expense.  Until very recently, no politician, even conservative Republicans, would oppose expanded funding for schools, or would demand fewer teachers and cuts to the pay of the ones who are not fired.  But that has, sadly changed.

      30 years of Reaganism, 30 years of incessant RW propaganda, has taken its toll.

      "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals, now we know that it is bad economics." Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jan. 20, 1937

      by Navy Vet Terp on Sat Jul 21, 2012 at 07:06:23 PM PDT

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    •  It is not even medicare before childcare. (1+ / 0-)
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      Ours is a nation of fearful people who are hanging on by their fingertips vs greedy people who think their shit don't stink.

      Infidels in all ages have battled for the rights of man, and have at all times been the advocates of truth and justice... Robert Ingersol

      by BMarshall on Sat Jul 21, 2012 at 07:15:50 PM PDT

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  •  These "savings" (0+ / 0-)

    Will increase correctional, welfare and public health costs down the road.

    Truly a case of "penny wise-pound foolish."

  •  Hey, this would be a great country (3+ / 0-)

    if we could just get rid of these poor people. Isn't that what Jesus said?? That seems to be the 'gospel' that the conservatives are following.

    Only the weak & defeated are called to account for their crimes.

    by rreabold on Sat Jul 21, 2012 at 07:07:27 PM PDT

  •  republicans and coconspirator democrats are (6+ / 0-)

    killing the future of this country.

    Romney - his fingernails have never been anything but manicured.

    by Pescadero Bill on Sat Jul 21, 2012 at 07:08:35 PM PDT

  •  Why should babies be born into a society that (2+ / 0-)
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    so clearly is all about the one per cent?  Pass out the contraception to everyone and let the bishops figure it out.

    Romney went to France instead of serving in our military, got rich chop-shopping US businesses and eliminating US jobs, off-shored his money in the Cayman Islands, and now tells us to "Believe in America."

    by judyms9 on Sat Jul 21, 2012 at 07:13:42 PM PDT

  •  Bullshit. It is time to stop blaming the (1+ / 0-)
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    republicans. Lead or get the hell out of the way..

  •  Child poverty at a high and growing. (4+ / 0-)

    And until the Banksters are behind bars, restitution made, and the banks made relevant to the real economy again, we'll see the ongoing Depression adding more to the total.

    US Child Poverty Second Only to Rumania in Developed World

    One In Four Young U.S. Children Living In Poverty, Study Finds

    What needs changing is the root of our economic structure if this is going to turn around in the coming decade.

    The Internet is just the tail of the Corporate Media dog.

    by Jim P on Sat Jul 21, 2012 at 07:27:10 PM PDT

  •  "Federal Meddling With Kids Fell" is How Conservs (1+ / 0-)
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    are selling this.

    For the last 1/3 century of conservative attacks on all things progressive, the response from the opposition party has been so timid and narrow that the election to decide between the 21st century and the 19th is a near dead heat.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sat Jul 21, 2012 at 07:35:46 PM PDT

  •  This is just the first rockslide (3+ / 0-)
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    wishingwell, conniptionfit, Amber6541

    to happen on the way to the "fiscal cliff."  How could a country do this to itself, especially this country?

    "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

    by SueDe on Sat Jul 21, 2012 at 07:42:00 PM PDT

  •  (R) ideology is creeping into education (2+ / 0-)
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    conniptionfit, indie17

    at an alarming rate.

    I had an argument with an (R) in my area the other day who was busy blasting teachers for having easy jobs, doing them poorly, and being overpaid for them.

    They only work 9 months!
    They don't go to school nearly as long as doctors!
    Real workers in the economy do 60 hours a week!
    Half of them can't teach their way out of a bag!
    They're all the people that couldn't hack it in the private sector!
    So why pay them even this much?

    That was his logic.

    I countered with federal numbers saying that over 50% of primary and secondary educators have grad degrees, that a lot of them work long unpaid hours, and that if we wanted to get all those private sector, 60-hour-on-the-clock working hotshots, we'd have to pay more and offer more social prestige.

    Then I made the mistake of suggesting that it oughtn't be so much about evaluating the teachers and whether they're worthy as much as it is about ensuring that we aim to provide the best education for young people.

    His response?

    "Meh, the smart kids that will go on to achieve will come out on top whether their schools work or not. Education has nothing to do with it. The good ones can teach themselves using library books and they're free. Teachers only exist for the idiots that'll never be successful—the ones that'll grow up to be teachers. Public schools are just more handouts for people that don't deserve 'em and won't make good use of 'em anyway. It's another welfare economy."

    That's right, not only do businesses not rely on roads, infrastructure, regulation, and law enforcement for their operation, but kids don't rely on education. The "worthy" ones are entirely self-made by the time they reach adulthood, and the ones that can't reach young hotshot employee status without the assistance of a school are clearly just looking for a handout.

    -9.63, 0.00
    I am not a purity troll. I am a purity warrior.

    by nobody at all on Sat Jul 21, 2012 at 07:49:15 PM PDT

  •  Why bother to educate/ invest in (3+ / 0-)
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    Amber6541, emal, indie17

    Serfs?  Only the children of the privileged deserve to be educated for the jobs of the future.  You don't need a college degree to wait tables, or pick up trash.  You need one to be a computer programmer, but the Indians and Chineese will do it for cheaper.  Thank you Mitt Romney for making us see that American taxpayers waste too much money on Americans.

  •  I've always found it (2+ / 0-)
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    fascinating that a country that claims to love children so much-------- pulls the fabled rug right out from under them at every opportunity.

    You can BUY anything you like to protect children---and while I couldn't agree more----the emphasis is on purchasing power and consumerism.

    Education----nutrition----pre-school-----healthcare----after school programs-------adequate housing.......----all this falls by the wayside in this country.

    Lower income families lose funding almost constantly-----they are always being sacrificed for something else in the budget -----------and that something else really  does seem to benefit those who need no help.

    Makes you it really kids that matter here------or is their parent's purchasing power------- where the actual focus lies?

    We're really being taken---here------and it's our children that are suffering-----and will suffer for it.

    "But the protesters were only armed with chalk---the cops had guns and batons----and they were beating the protesters."

    by lyvwyr101 on Sat Jul 21, 2012 at 07:59:41 PM PDT

  •  Federal spending on the wealthy (2+ / 0-)
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    Amber6541, emal

    How many trillions over the past decade? Bearing in mind that the trillions for the wars went into the pockets of wealthy contractors and financiers... Then the trillions for the banksters went into the pockets of banksters...

    The US is a kleptocracy. That is our system: an oligarchic kleptocracy.

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