Liberals too often are reluctant to acknowledge that struggling, despairing people sometimes compound their misfortune by self-medicating or engaging in irresponsible, self-destructive behavior. And conservatives too often want to stop the conversation there, without acknowledging our society’s irresponsible, self-destructive refusal to help children who are otherwise programmed for failure.
Child poverty is an open sore on the American body politic. It is a moral failing for our nation that one-fifth of our children live in poverty, by one common measure. Nicholas Kristof, New York Times
No reasonable person can ignore the two positions stated above, but of course they do.
I am a firm believer that the overwhelming percentage of misfortune that befalls people is because of the poor decisions and choices they make. But, of course, that does not apply to children who are the victims of their parents or more correctly in some cases their breeders.
I also believe we cannot ignore the problem on the basis of lack of individual responsibility because we all end up paying in the end while the cycle of poverty is perpetuated.
Fixing childhood poverty means fixing dysfunctional “adults” first and as history shows, that is not easy. To make matters worse these children often grow up to repeat the behavior of their parents.
The solution cannot be too harsh nor can it merely be throwing more money into what we have been doing for decades. The US poverty rate is now slightly higher than it was ten years ago.
Who has some creative ideas?