Admittedly, the United States ranks 34 out of 35 on a UNICEF measure of relative child poverty in developed nations. And, according to the liberal mainstream media, that 34 out of 35 is meant to be in the bad way, doing better than only Romania with more than 20 percent of children living in a household with an income below half the median.
But the numbers are misleading. For there are 196 countries in the world, which means the United States ranks better than 161 other countries, such as Tonga, Uzbekistan, and Mozambique. So, we're actually not doing that badly.
But the liberal media is telling us that the picture looks even worse when you examine just how far below the relative poverty line these children tend to fall. The UNICEF report looks at something it calls the “child poverty gap,” which measures how far the average poor child falls below the relative poverty line. It does this by measuring the gap between the relative poverty line and the average income of poor families.
The United States also scores second-to-last on this measurement, with the average poor child living in a home that makes 36 percent less than the relative poverty line. Again, why compare the US to Sweden or Germany when Tonga would suffice? Our kids are better off than 161 countries around the globe for heavens sake.
Ah, but predictably the socialist press emphasizes that these numbers, which really aren't that bad, were taken before the start of sequestration. And so they offer us alarmist news such as: With the full effects of sequestration yet to come, we've already seen kids cut from Head Start programs, less housing assistance available to families struggling to stay off the street, and homeless shelters losing funding among the sequester's effects that will hit poor kids directly.
Of course all of this is just propaganda that Democrats would like to deal out so they can dismiss Paul Ryan's Republican budget. But, look, there are 161 countries below us. Admittedly, those 161 countries are undeveloped, but why exclude them from comparison? More government cuts would alleviate our crushing debt (Calpers and Calstrs are broke) but we'd still be a slight measure above Tonga and Afghanistan.
If you care about children, and their children's children, support the Ryan budget and press your congressional leaders for addition sequester cuts.