Divergent Paths from a Divided Government

The contrast between the Democratic and Republican policy proposals have been accentuated this week following the GOP budget recommendations and the American Family Act of 2017, introduced by Democratic Senators Sherrod Brown (OH) and Senator Michael Bennet (CO).

While the GOP budget and tax proposal seeks to give an average annual tax cut of $1 million dollars to the top one tenth of one percent, the American Family Act promises to cut childhood poverty in the United States in half.

While being one of the lesser discussed issues, childhood poverty is a real and depressing issue in the United States. More than one in five children in America live in relative poverty. The United States ranks 34th out of 35 countries surveyed in the last study completed on the well being of children by the United Nations Children’s Fund. The United States ranks below nearly every European country plus Japan, New Zealand, Australia and Canada.

There is no good excuse for America’s poor ranking. The United States is by far the wealthiest country in the world. Unfortunately, it is home to one of the most unequal economies in the developed world. The United States ranks behind Bulgaria on childhood poverty, yet Americans are six times richer than Bulgarians.

Our gross income inequality is not an accident. It is a function of the rules that govern our economic structures. A nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members. Aren’t we supposed to be making American great again?


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