Adding to Child Care Subsidies in North Carolina

Back during the late 1980’s and early 1980’s, subsidizing child care was a major issue on the national level. Republicans and conservatives objected. It was considered to be a concession to the premise that the family unit was irreversibly broken. It was also felt to be inappropriate to redistribute taxpayers’ dollars in order to facilitate mothers’ working outside the home when their primary responsibility is to raise their own children.

We have taxpayer subsidized child care at the federal and state levels– Head Start, Smart Start, pre-K, etc.

But now, some Republicans in the North Carolina in the General Assembly want to expand taxpayer-subsidized child care in North Carolina. The Daily Haymaker has some details; and there is also a report in the Carolina Journal.

Apparently, the NC Chamber of Commerce is one of the instigators. They apparently want more moms in the workforce.

If the Republicans are going to be supporting this garbage, who is going to protect us against it?


2 thoughts on “Adding to Child Care Subsidies in North Carolina

  1. It has been almost 60 years since President Lyndon B. Johnson’s launch of the War on Poverty. In January 1964, Johnson declared “unconditional war on poverty in America.” Where we at today.. The answer is obvious,

    When the War on Poverty began, 7 percent of American children were born outside marriage. Today the number is 40 percent. The collapse of marriage is the main cause of child poverty today.

    The welfare state is self-perpetuating. By undermining the social norms necessary for self-reliance, welfare creates a need for even greater assistance in the future. Instead of adding more spending on welfare programs that will discourage work, penalize marriage and undermine self-sufficiency, government at all levels should think of more creative ways of dealing with child poverty.

    1. Fred, you might remember when it used to be chanted repeatedly on the Rush Limbaugh program several decades ago, “Womb to the Tomb”, referring to the welfare state. He was referring to what the socialists were aspiring to– which they have mostly achieved. But they can always add more and more, and the Republicans are their willing flunkies.

      Of course, the NC Chamber of Commerce must be given credit also…

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