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Can I just say how cool this is? It's my blog, so I will: it is SO cool -- that the one and only time in my life that anything I have to say will ever appear in a big, national publication -- it is so, so cool that the cover of that issue features Teddy Roosevelt. Not so cool? The fact that one of the cover stories is entitled, "Karl Rove on 7 Lessons from T.R." (Although come to think, it's almost appropriate given that Rove shows up EVERYWHERE the CPP and I go.)
Also, this is appalling, but not surprising, and it's still inexcusable in a rich state regardless of whether there's been a real statistical change in the last five years or not. 23% of Texas children live in poverty. That's one in every five of the children you see in the park, on school buses, in your church. And that's only the ones officially defined as being in families living below the poverty line. The true number of Texas kids who live without adequate access to food, healthcare, and other basic needs is closer to 50%.
Low taxes + low service + a legislature and governor with messed-up priorities = starving Texas children. Why do we let them get away with it?