Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Our national failure

Above is a chart of child poverty rates for members of the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development. I can't recall much talk about America's unspeakably high rate - in international terms - during the campaign season.

Matt Y digs in:
I’d like to think that most Americans are just too insular to realize that our child poverty rate is absolutely off the charts in international terms, even when compared to other high-immigration Anglophone countries, to say nothing of the Nordics.

... The alternative to people just not knowing is the idea that people just don’t care which, frankly, is an upsetting possibility I’d prefer not to believe in.

I tend to think it's some combination of both. We also can't overlook the possibility that the problem is so pervasive that some Americans can't even fathom that it exists to this degree.

With that in mind, I can't help but think how nice it would be if John Edwards still had a meaningful platform.

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