Washington Post says kids “don’t have the power to vote the bums out. We do.”Children on the Ballot
Columnist Catherine Rampell nails it again in the Washington Post.
“American children are out of school, out of food and increasingly getting chucked off their health insurance. Yet somehow, they seem to be an afterthought in this election.”
Rampell notes rising child hunger, the alarming uninsurance rate among children — and especially Hispanic children — and the long-lasting impact that online schooling is likely to have on our nation’s children as examples. So why isn’t anyone doing anything about it?
“Perhaps pundits, politicians and even voters have simply accepted these multiple childhood-related crises as inevitable fallout from the pandemic. But the deteriorating well-being of American children is the result of policy choices we have made as a country — or that government has made on our behalf — both before and after the coronavirus outbreak.”
Our political leaders’ disregard for children is also evidenced by our national spending priorities. If budgets are a reflection of our values, as former Vice President Joe Biden likes to quote his father saying, then politicians are failing our kids.
Rampell arrives at a reasonable conclusion: “Children, wronged as they’ve been, don’t have the power to vote the bums out. We do.”