hello, America

by twit

How’s that American Dream™ treating you these days?

Via the BBC on July 17, 2008:

“The Measure of America reveals huge gaps among some groups in our country to access opportunity and reach their potential,” said the report’s author, Sarah Burd-Sharps.

“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.

Angelica Hernandez and her mother, Gloria Nunez

Katia Dunn/NPR

Via NPR on July 17, 2008:

Angelica Hernandez (left) and her mother, Gloria Nunez, struggle to make ends meet on a very limited budget.

… Nunez, 40, has never worked and has no high school degree. She says a car accident 17 years ago left her depressed and disabled, incapable of getting a job. Instead, she and her daughter, Angelica Hernandez, survive on a $637 Social Security check and $102 in food stamps.

… 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?'”

Via the Associated Press on July 17, 2008:

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.

Via the Associated Press on July 18, 2008:

hmm…

(click on the image for more detailed information about each state)
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