Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Culture Wars

Any potential cuts in child care are seen as victims of the culture wars. The specific cultural roadblock that is seen as an obstacle to preventing children from receiving these subsidies is that those who think mothers should stay home and raise the children oppose subsidies.
It can be agreed that stay at home moms are not an economic reality for many. It is also a reality that the largest obstacles to achieving any measure of success for both the parent and child are dropping out of high school, having a child before you are 18, and being a single parent. This is the environment and culture that “at risk” children come from. Newsday gives that culture a complete pass. While no one is advocating cutting off all aid, there is something intrinsically wrong with increasingly subsidizing the behaviors that are at the root of the problem.

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