A national advocacy group called Every Child Matters is urging Nebraska mothers to vote in the fall election, saying if more moms voted, more politicians would address children’s issues. Group president Michael Petit says they’ll contact more than 10,000 day care centers and after-school programs in order to get more moms out on election day.
Petit says if you do a poll of men and women, women break more toward investments in children, especially for things like child care, because they’re worried about who is supervising children. In Nebraska, Petit says nearly 63,000 children live in poverty, 45,000 don’t have health insurance, and 15,000 are reported abused or neglected.
Children’s issues are just as important as the Iraq war, Petit says, but get a lot less attention. In the last five years, we’ve lost four-thousand soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq, which he says is “a terrible thing, whatever your position is on the war,” but Petit says in that same time, we’ve also lost 30,000 American children to suicide, child abuse or they’ve been murdered on the streets.
Petit says the U-S has many problems involving children, including high dropout rates. He says the prison population has increased almost eightfold in a single generation, we have “by far, the highest rates of child abuse and neglect in the Western democracies.” He says these are urgent issues for families that are making the United States less competitive in the world. Petit says they are a non-partisian group and will not advocate for a specific candidate, but will urge the next president to lay out a 20-year, $500-billion initiative to help kids.