After the 2008 financial meltdown, Americans across the country had to find ways to make ends meet. Out of all the people in the country who were hit hard by the recession children might have been hit the hardest. According to a 2011 study by the Brookings Institution, 22 percent of children in America are living under the poverty line, the highest number since 1993.
Appearing on MSNBC's "Jansing & CO," president of the Children's Health Fund, Dr. Irwin Redlener, spoke about the organization sending letters to both the Obama and Romney campaigns, asking them how they would combat child poverty in the United States. Dr. Redlener noted that the organization received a "pretty extensive" response from President Obama in how an Obama administration would handle long and short-term issues relating to child poverty. According to the response from the Obama administration, President Obama supports extending the child tax credit and the earned income tax credit, expanding safety net programs and working with disadvantaged communities.
While a response came quickly from President Obama, Mitt Romney and his campaign not only declined to comment, but refused to answer any questions.
"It took awhile, but we finally got an email from Governor Romney's campaign declining to respond to the questions which were asking about their plans to do something about childhood poverty."When asked about why the Romney campaign refused to comment, Dr. Redlener didn't have much to say.
"Well, it's hard to say what their motivation was, but they did not say. There was a lot of email traffic, but basically they came to the conclusion that they would just simply not respond even though this is obviously a really, really big issue that should be confronted in the election cycle."Child poverty should not be a tricky issue, it's not something that should be a head-scratcher or partisan. While President Obama came out quickly, Mitt Romney and his campaign refused to answer questions that should be easy for a presidential candidate. If the children of the country are not addressed, how can the United States move forward?