In order to avert cuts to the military and military spending, the House budget for 2013 instead takes these cuts out on children, and child services in the United States, slashing programs such as lunch and breakfast for poor children, childcare programs, foster care programs, and child abuse prevention and intervention.
I grew up in an extremely abusive household as a child. If you would like details as to the type of situation I personally went through, you are welcome to watch this video. http://youtu.be/cb5IJg0AGLw
If you are not moved by compassion towards children, but would prefer instead to argue economics, read this excerpt from the article: "These cuts are not only immoral—they are also bad economic policy. Child poverty alone costs our economy upwards of $500 billion a year in lost productivity, increased health care costs, and expenditures in the criminal justice system. Poor childhood nutrition leads to a host of negative consequences including increased instance of chronic diseases, lower educational achievement, and a less-skilled workforce of the future—all of which will ultimately undermine our economic competitiveness.""In contrast, higher taxes on the wealthy would not harm economic growth."
Contact your house representative and tell them this is unacceptable. Please, do this if you know anyone who has gone through any sort of abuse, has been involved in the foster care system, or has ever received food stamps or free lunch. Actually, you already know one, if you are reading this. You know me.
I went through so much abuse and neglect from age 13-15 that I developed an extreme case of lupus. I have never gone into a period of remission since I was diagnosed with the disease at age 15, following several years of physical violence, neglect, exposure to freezing temperatures, and deprivation of food. (Lupus, although it is suspected may also have a genetic predisposition, is triggered later on in life, often by a prolonged period of physical or mental stress on the body.)
My case is very severe. I am regularly hospitalized; I require infusions and medication that are enormously expensive. I am lucky to be alive now; but because of that, I spend a lot of my time speaking up about situations like these. I know what it is like to go hungry as a child. It makes me immensely angry that we would sacrifice the safety and emotional security of a generation of children in order to maintain the enormous amount of spending we put into the military. http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2012/04/cuts_to_kids.html