In the face of a tightening economy and nation-wide spending cuts, there is one population that has becoming increasingly susceptible; America’s children “will bear the brunt of these cuts,” Op-Ed columnist Paul Krugman for the New York Times explains. Though politicians claim to be deeply concerned about our nation’s children, when budget cuts are made, the burden seems to fall most on these very children. Looking closely at the small-government model in Texas, low taxes and low government spending have already translated into low spending on children. By the numbers, Texas struggles with childhood poverty, poor health and lack of education. As Texas struggles to close its budget gap, opportunities for increased childhood support through Medicaid and through the education system are on the budget-slicing chopping block.