July 20, 2008 Leave a comment
How’s that American Dream™ treating you these days?
“Some Americans are living anywhere from 30 to 50 years behind others when it comes to issues we all care about: health, education and standard of living. … the state human development index shows that people in last-ranked Mississippi are living 30 years behind those in first-ranked Connecticut.
… Of the world’s richest nations, the US has the most children (15%) living in poverty.
… People tell Nunez her daughter could get more money in public assistance if she had a child.
“A lot of people have told me, ‘Why don’t your daughter have a kid?'”
More babies were born in the United States last year than ever before, according to preliminary data, but it’s not another baby boom just yet.
About 4,315,000 children were born in 2007, about 15,000 more births than the peak time of the baby boom in 1957, said Stephanie Ventura, a demographer at the National Center for Health Statistics, which compiled the data from provisional birth certificate registrations at state health departments.
“According to our provisional data, we had the highest number of births ever reported in 2007,” she said.