Why Is Spending On The Elderly Protected, But Spending On Children Always On The Chopping Block?

The United States government will soon spend more on servicing the national debt than it does on its children unless Congress changes course, the Urban Institute reports .

Total federal spending on children was close to half a trillion dollars in fiscal year 2014, but made up just 10 percent of total spending. The combined cost of direct program spending on children and tax code provisions linked to kids has been roughly flat since 2012 in, and is slightly down from 2010 and 2011 when Recovery Act initiatives boosted the figure.

Kids will see an even smaller share of total spending […]