Up for one more interactive chart? This newest one is an interactive data wheel, prepared by the Annie E. Casey Foundation as part of its 2012 Kids Count Data Book. It compares the well-being of children by state.
Want to know how the welfare of Missouri’s children ranks compared to the other fifty states? Look no further:
–General well being: 26th
–Economic well being: 21st
–Family and Community: 27th
Middling to low on all measures, which does not bode well for the future of the state. Particularly note that while our GOP legislators are throwing tantrums about Obamacare, refusing to implement health care exchanges, and otherwise making asses out of themselves, the provisions that we now have in place for our children’s health are ranked 17th from the bottom. There’s lots that could be said here about how our de facto GOP leadership (our governor, Jay Nixon, is a Democrat but has little appetite for losing battles) has short-changed average Missourians while fighting tooth-and-nail to keep tax rates low for businesses and wealthy Missourians.
It’s true, of course that states like Alabama and Mississippi are ranked much lower than Missouri, but since the the philosophy of government embodied by the leadership of most of the eleven states with the lowest overall rankings* is similar to that of our home state GOP (the case with nine out of eleven of the lowest ranked states), we should maybe start worrying that it’s only a matter of time. Note, especially, that Texas, usually alluded to by Republicans in terms of the “Texas Miracle” because its supposed prosperity is the result of a GOP-defined, “business friendly” climate, is ranked 44th in terms of the general welfare of its children.
If you want to see how the criteria determining the rankings were evaluated, check the complete Data Book report.
* The eleven lowest ranked States: Oklahoma (40); California (41); Arkansas (42); South Carolina (43); Texas (44); Alabama (45); Arizona (46); Louisiana (47); Nevada (48); New Mexico (49); Mississippi (50).