Today's Children, Tomorrow's America: Six Experts Face the Facts
Oct 25, 2011 | C. Eugene Steuerle, Robert D. Reischauer, Margaret Simms, Olivia Golden, Kim Rueben, Lisa Dubay
This is a report by the Urban Institute.
Listen closely to the recent budget debates between Congress and the president, Democrats and Republicans, and among presidential candidates. You will hear backs and forths on who will protect all of the promises made-particularly for Medicare, Social Security, and low taxes, including all those hidden tax subsidies. And you will hear debate, though scant evidence, on who will best provide jobs. What you won't hear is discussion about how children are caught in the budget crossfire or whether current government programs address the nation's most pressing problems.
We do know this: By some measures, children are the poorest age group of Americans. Investment in children, especially early in life, yields much higher rates of return than most other public expenditures (Heckman 2011). And the federal government is the major source for most spending on very young children. Don't these facts alone make them a priority?
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