Though the words “recovery” ring out in the corporate media the reality is unsurprisingly quite different. While only the rich have benefited from the financial crisis thanks to the State, one metric for prosperity or lack therefore continues to increase – childhood poverty.

An annual survey released Monday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows the number of children living in poverty increased to 23 percent in 2011, after the recession.

The Southwest has been hit particularly hard. New Mexico, for the first time, has slipped to worst in the nation when it comes to child well-being. More than 30 percent of children in the state were living in poverty in 2011 and nearly two-fifths had parents who lacked secure employment, according to this year’s Kids Count survey.

Land of opportunity – the opportunity for children to scrounge for food and shelter.

According to the Kids Count report, a lingering concern is the effect of unemployment on children, particularly long-term unemployment. Researchers found that more than 4 million workers were unemployed for more than six months, and more than 3 million were without work for a year or more.

Don’t worry the poor are also being targeted by Washington’s austerity programs. Yes, the same people that brought you TARP are not content with record poverty they want to add to it. There was even a plan to cut food stamps (more) in the failed farm bill. That’s what people don’t understand, they aren’t content with the current historic pain, they want more pain for the 99%.

No homes for children and no jobs for mom and dad. It’s all about family values.