Time was when parents were reluctant to sell their children. They could barely get enough to pay a week rent for a healthy, hard working, intelligent kid.
However, luckily in this 21st Century all that has changed. You can get wars, weaponry, welfare, superhighways, government grants, retirement for government officials, 87 layers of cops, national health care and a lot more. All you have to do is sell your kids, worthless, illiterate and unlikely though they are.
Heck, I guess the kids are all already sold. It’s the grandkids and the rest of your progeny you’ll have to hock. But the folks who loan money to the US government are still anxious to buy them.
Especially the Chinese.