We already sadly know that fewer teachers lead to more high school dropouts and that, in turn, results in higher rates of incarceration that becomes a burden on taxpayers:

On any given day, about one in every 10 young male high school dropouts is in jail or juvenile detention, compared with one in 35 young male high school graduates, according to a new study of the effects of dropping out of school in an America where demand for low-skill workers is plunging. …

Yesterday, we learned a just as sad, but less astonishing, fact of the doldrums of inhuman nature:  Higher home foreclosure rates create an increase in child abuse:

Small children may be suffering the effects of the home foreclosure crisis in a serious way, researchers reported on Monday. They found a troubling increase in the number of young children with physical abuse showing up in hospital emergency rooms.

The researchers found just under a 1 percent increase in the number of general physical abuse cases reported at 38 pediatric hospitals every year between 2000 and 2009 and a more than 3 percent rise in the number of traumatic brain injuries seen in babies.

These increased rates seemed to directly correlate with the rate of mortgage foreclosures in a community, Dr. Joanne Wood of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and colleagues reported in the journal Pediatrics. There might be something uniquely stressful about losing a home that can lead to child abuse, they suggested.

Forget kicking the dog to feign some emotional freedom of expression — just give your kid a whack or two to make you feel better for losing the house!

I find it incredible some parents value a house more than their kids.  That means to me those parents never wanted children in the first place and that they see their kids’ existence as a burden and not a blessing.

It’s no secret the GOP wants more poverty — and, in turn, higher rates of child abuse — because that’s precisely what will happen if their rogue agenda ever makes it into the White House under the buttons of a Mitt Romney presidency:

But for House Republicans, their preferred alternative of cutting lower-priority spending means… a $36 billion cut in food stamps (SNAP), which largely helps the elderly, disabled people, children and the working poor. Two million people would lose their benefits entirely and 44 million would have their benefits reduced—the current average benefit is $4 per person per day. Two hundred and eighty thousand low-income children would also lose automatic access to free school breakfast and lunch. The bill also cuts the SNAP employment and training program by 72 percent, making it more difficult for jobless recipients to find work. It’s important to note that SNAP kept 5 million people from poverty in 2010 and reduced poverty rates by 8 percent in 2009.

We can stop them. We can fight for the poor and the innocent. How can the GOP value the life of the unborn child over that of the mother and then take food out of both of their mouths the moment the baby is born? Is hypocritical — and even laughable — if it were not all so ugly and true.


  1. As a father I find this to be particularly troubling. Shame on these parents for taking out their home problems on their children and shame on the GOP for wanting to cut aid to the elderly.

    1. Yes, it seems to me if you lose your house to the bank, the first thing you’d want to do is hug and comfort your children — not hit them!

  2. Foreclosure = stress.

    When you are stressed you get to behave in unusual ways. Yes, shame on the parents, but have you never reacted angrily when stressed out??

    As to the GOP it seems they equate communism and compassion, since both start with com.

    1. No, I’ve never hit anyone in anger or because of stress. I’ve defended myself. I’ve never been the initiator of any hostile contact. Stress is part of being alive. You have to cope with it on your own and not act out on others.

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