The Washington Post this morning published a new study on the well-being of children in the United States. They write:
A new report on how America’s children are faring, just released by the nonprofit Annie E. Casey Foundation, found that Massachusetts is doing the best job and Mississippi the worst in four areas: economic well-being, education, health and family/community indicators.
The KidsCount 2014 Data Book finds that in 2012, 23 percent of U.S. children were living below the official poverty line and many others live just above it, a jump from 2005 when 19 percent were living below the poverty line.
An interesting aspect is the 37th parallel which runs from about the Va/NC border through the panhandle of Oklahoma to Monterey, CA. Below this line children rank the lowest in the USA. Why is that?
Of course most of the Confederate States are south of this line except for Virginia. Children never have fared well in that section of the United States. Why is that?
How can citizens of those states keep on returning legislators to office year after year? Maybe they don’t know how poorly their children are doing because they don’t know what is happening north of the 37th parallel.