Collective Child RearingFriday, October 30, 2009
I couldn’t help but read an article in this morning’s New York Times, “Perils of the Recession Generation.” I don’t know why I continue to read this nauseating, left-collectivist trash.
Is it an overstatement to say that we’re at risk of losing a generation of children if we don’t step up to the plate to provide additional support for families under duress? We are, at the very least, at risk of helping erode children’s most basic sense of security and safety, as well as their hopes for the future. Families are keenly under pressure. We ignore them at our collective peril.
Her focus is the “poor” little children whose lives are teeming with video games, computers, fad clothes, endless trips to Toys R Us, and hobbyist consumerism. The problem is that these children don’t receive enough federal aid in the form of free lunches, free nursery school, free work-study programs, job creation for teenagers, free child care, free after-school programs, Head Start, and, of course, direct welfare.
The author, Judith Warner, doesn’t care to mention that none of this bunkum has worked since the New Deal. When do these people give up their saccharine vision of stealing from one class of people to fund the lifestyles of others who cannot provide for themselves or their family?
Newsflash: most teenagers nowadays don’t want to work jobs – they want to hang like monkeys in the mall, on the street corner, and drift with their friends. Destination Hollister, on Mom and Dad’s dime. I look at my friends’ teenage kids – they clearly avoid finding a job, but they don’t dare give up their profession of child consumer. Buy, buy, buy. You no longer need a job before you get your first car, ‘cuz the parents rationalize why their slacker kid “needs” a car – to visit the friends, get to the mall, and other pressing matters.
And for those kids who do want to work, the federal government has created a great job destruction program called the minimum wage.