For years I had the following quote from President Roosevelt tacked on the bulletin board in my office.
The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.
What is particularly sad about the proposals to make cuts in the funding of these programs is that they are short-sighted. Money spent on early child health care and nutrition saves us money in the future. These expenditures are investments which have been shown to provide good returns. Like the infrastructure investments that we need to make, these investments in poor children and their families are investments in the kind of America that we want.
When I vote next month, I will vote hoping that the people we elect will continue to make these important investments, investments in a better future for all Americans.