The origins of the proverb “It takes a village to raise a child” remain under debate, but the sentiment describes how children are dependent on a much wider range of adults and infrastructure than is available within their immediate family. Today, Texas is poised to walk away from its children.
By cutting both education and health services to the bone, the Texas House and Senate are removing themselves from the responsibility of raising this generation of Lone Star children. Darwin’s “survival of the fittest” rule will soon reign supreme without state support for schools, Medicaid and CHIPS (children’s Medicaid).
Guess which children are most likely to remain both healthy and adequately educated without state support? Two clues: they will be rich and white. Perhaps this is the House and Senate’s answer to Texas’ looming Hispanic majority.
Is it time to talk about raising taxes?
In case you missed the latest bill, both groups of legislators want to browbeat every expectant mom with a sonogram if she is considering an abortion. Although our government won’t support the children we already have in Texas, they want to ensure no one chooses to not bring a child into a state that doesn’t want it.