Monday, March 29, 2010

Are the Tea Parties 20 Years Too Late?

I have long contended that providing mother's with a tax break for staying home with their kids would serve the children (and society) better than taking taxpayer dollars to pay for someone else's daycare costs. That's what Headstart is. Parents can call it preschool or whatever they want, but it's daycare and much like I shouldn't have to contribute to your mortgage...I shouldn't have to kick in for your daycare.

"Recently released results from the Head Start Impact Study indicate that the benefits of participating in Head Start almost completely disappear by first grade.

The federal government spent at least $25 billion on federal preschool and child care programs in 2009,[1] but President Obama has pressed for significant increases in preschool spending. The Administration approved $5 billion in new early education and child care spending in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Congress may soon approve $8 billion in new spending on the Early Learning Challenge Fund in the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act (H.R. 3221), which has already passed the House of Representatives..." (Read about all Headstart's shortcomings)

The irony of social programs/social welfare/social justice (whatever label you choose) is they are created with this lofty goal of "fairness" --this Robin Hood mentality of taking from the rich to give to the poor --yet the middle class always gets trampled along the way. The redistribution of wealth can never be fair because "fair" is a subjective term and those redistributing are mere men. Communism (or anarchy for that matter) could only be successful in a Utopian society...and this is certainly not that...

I'm beginning to feel as if the Tea Parties are in vain...20 years too late. Government is way too big to reel in. It's this giant hungry beast and both parties continue to feed it... Even a Republican President with the full weight of a GOP Congress continued to expand the girth of these entitlements... If someone even tried to cut back benefits now, after creating two generations of entitled dependents, I think we would have a repeat of Greece on our hands...

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