Will kids be part of the election year discussion?
Ann O’Leary at the Center for The Next Generation took to the Huffington Post recently to call for a national discussion on children and families in need. As the 2012 presidential primaries draw to a close, O’Leary worries that the issues low-income families face could be ignored in the national contest ahead.
“Our country is about to face a crisis when it comes to supporting our children and, frankly, I’d like to hear a real open, live debate about the issues in the months before the November elections. Our children are getting poorer–in fact, children are poorer than any other age group in America. Our family structure is breaking down–last year, more than half of all births to women under age 30 were to single parents. And our government is disinvesting in children at every level cutting funds for public education and social supports,” writes O’Leary.
O’Leary cites our recent report showing that children have made up only 2 percent of the discussion in the 2012 candidate debates. And check out “Let’s Make Kids a Big Deal in Election 2012,” another blog post by TCNG about helping kids’ issues be part of the 2012 discussion!