Group of Six

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Tim Eagan)

In other news, Trump reportedly told world leaders at the G7 that Crimea belongs to Russia because most people who live there speak Russian. That's exactly what Putin says.

Meanwhile, Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear has filed a lawsuit against Walgreens for dispensing opioid painkillers at “such an alarming rate and volume that there could be no legitimate medical purpose associated to their use."

Finally, Arizona state Representative David Stringer (R) says we must stop the flow of immigration into America because "there aren't enough white kids to go around."

So, that's clearly racist as hell, but I also want point something else out: America is a terrible country to have a child in.

Our infant mortality rate is higher than other industrialized nations, our health care (including child birth and maternity) is the most expensive in the world, we have regular school shootings, wages are stagnant, and we have weak public education among other things. Republican policies have made it extraordinarily difficult if not completely impractical to have children for a large (and increasing) number of Americans.

Rep. Stringer apparently believes government policy should be tailored to favor a specific race of children (white kids in this case) but GOP policy all but ensures that fewer kids of all races will be born.

The birthrate fell for nearly every group of women of reproductive age in the U.S. in 2017, reflecting a sharp drop that saw the fewest newborns since 1987, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

There were 3,853,472 births in the U.S. in 2017 — "down 2 percent from 2016 and the lowest number in 30 years," the CDC said.

The general fertility rate sank to a record low of 60.2 births per 1,000 women between the ages of 15 and 44 — a 3 percent drop from 2016, the CDC said in its tally of provisional data for the year.

The results put the U.S. further away from a viable replacement rate – the standard for a generation being able to replicate its numbers.

  • In other news, Trump reportedly told world leaders at the G7 that Crimea belongs to Russia because most people who live there speak Russian.

    Correct me if I’m wrong but wasn’t that Hitlers excuse for invading Poland and taking back the Sudetenland?

  • Aynwrong

    “If you can convince the lowest white man he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll empty his pockets for you.”

    ~ Lyndon B Johnson

    Now proven daily.

    • muselet

      LBJ was a coarse, uncouth sumbitch, but that meant he understood at a deep level the motivations of other coarse, uncouth sumbitches.

      In retrospect, it’s fascinating to follow his evolution on civil rights, which I would argue happened only partly because of his loyalty to John Kennedy. His personal beliefs on race and civil rights seemed genuinely to change as time went on.

      He was a huge bag of contradictions, but so are most fascinating people.