Monday, February 19, 2007

State Herds More Kids into Daycare, Women into Workforce

The Demo-zette is reporting that "administrators" (I wonder how they can do this themselves) have raised the wage level at which a family of four can get subsidized day-care from $29,000 to $41,100.

The government is taking tax money from families who think young children should be raised by their own relatives in their own home and giving it to families who think it is ok for young children to be raised by strangers in government approved institutions. It is madness to think that a stranger making eight dollars an hour will care for and nuture children with the same quality as a typical parent, but the government has a good reason for doing this- it's own interests.

You see the government is "running itself like a business", and like most businesses wants to make itself as big as possible and gather in as much money as possible. Shame on those women who stay home and raise their own kids when they could be out generating tax-revenue for the government! The government could do such great things with that money- like hire someone to look after their kids! The government wins on both ends. The get more revenue and they get to "grow their market" at the same time.

Who loses? Families that choose to raise their own children in their own home lose because the government has taken sides against them. They take money from them in order to give it to families that will pursue a lifestyle that maximizes government revenue and control. But of course the biggest loser is the children themselves. No one knows the long term effects of snatching young children from families on a massive scale and having them raised by strangers in a government-approved institutions. Maybe they will build the "New Socialist Man- Global Citizen", but if the government does this like they do most things it is more likley they will just screw up a lot of kids.


Anonymous GOPin08 said...

Looks like the liberal indoctrination is starting early. That's why I plan on homeschooling any children I have in the future.

3:33 PM, February 19, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You've hit the nail squarely on the head. We're well on the way to Orwell's vision of the future. Here Orwell, through Capt. Beatty, speaks of the government:
"Heredity and environment are funny things. You can't rid yourselves of all the odd ducks in just a few years. The home environment can undo a lot you try to do at school. That's why we've lowered the kindergarten age year after year until now we're almost snatching them from the cradle." Fahrenheit 451
Whom do the children bond to when they get shunted into daycare, preschool, kindergarten, etc at the earliest ages? Babysitters? Aides? Teachers? Is it any wonder that our children look at parents as material providers and not the people they are emotionally closest to on Earth?
After 30 years in the classroom, I have seen a sea change in the way kids relate to any adults, and it's not a positive change.
I truly wish that, before having children, adults would found a stable marriage, decide to make the financial committment to having mom (or Dad) stay home with children before they start school (kindergarten, at the earliest); and I wish even more that parents would make the ultimate sacrifice and homeschool their children. And I'm a public school teacher!

5:34 PM, February 19, 2007  
Blogger Jared said...

I think that you are unfairly depicting daycare. Daycare facilites don't snatch children and keep them until they turn 18 and then turn them loose to go raise tax revenues. They are there to provide a service. There are many people that really need a daycare so that they can make enough money to support their families. And for some families, the "financial commitment" of having children is very overwhelming. Things change, lay-offs happen, and people may be in a different situation than they were when their child was born. Daycares are there to provide a needed service.

7:44 PM, February 19, 2007  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

I know that sometimes people are placed in a position where it is the best they can do for their children, and I do not condemn them for that. What I am condeming is the government taking sides in that decision. The government is pushing families in one direction- the daycare direction, the push mom out the door to work direction.

The state should stay neutral in this, or if they take a side, take a side for the lifestyle that will help produce better children and change laws that subsidize stay-at-home moms instead of day-care.

8:21 PM, February 19, 2007  
Blogger Jared said...

I agree. The government should stay neutral on it as far as possible. They should simply provide assistance to those that NEED it, and not try to force it on everyone. My wife and I are waiting until we are at a point in life where we can have children and not have to put them in daycare. We are both going to graduate school partly so that we can be professors with flexible schedules and the chance to really be in our children's lives. It should be up to the family to decide who works and where the children go, I'll agree. But there are a lot of people out there that depend on daycares, and need the kind of subsidy that the article was talking about. But that leaves us in a quandry: if there are people out there that genuinely need assistance, in the form of subsidy or whatever, then how do we pay for it? Taxes on all? Lottery? Ha! I think this is an area where the church could do a great job.

9:14 PM, February 19, 2007  

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