Healthy children grow to be good citizens
I'm a registered nurse. I've worked with children for over 40 years. Two things I've never seen: a cared-for child who didn't have a keen interest in how to be a good citizen, in one way or another, and an uncared-for child who had enough attention for anything more than getting through the day and staying safe through the night. It's a wicked waste of resources to let families be unhoused, to leave children unfed, to warehouse elders, to deny education to anyone. There is no scenario in which that turns out well in the end, no civilization which survives it. A safe commons, with citizens who are capable, compassionate, and competent, is the best environment for humans. Please: fund education, housing, food security, and please: stop stealing from us all to fund the already rich.