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Startling Data Points SHOULD Serve as Impetus for Investment in Human Capital

Nick Kristof’s essay in today’s NYTIMES offers two startling data points in it’s penultimate paragraph: we have as many citizens with criminal records as college graduates; and 10 counties in Mississippi have higher infant mortality rates than Bangladesh. Given that reality, how can we put more money into law enforcement while starving public schools? How can we not insist that every state provide prenatal health care? While the GOP tries desperately to shift the focus away from these unseemly facts, the Democrats fail to share them widely. Invest in children now if you want law and order in the future. Arguing about terminology won’t solve our problems… making voters face these kinds of facts might.

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