Obama For Diaper Welfare

Monday, March 21, 2016
Posted in category Welfare State

The Whitehouse.gov is running a story about “diaper disparity” that reads like flawless satire. The article, written by the Assistant to the President and Director of the Domestic Policy Council (you can’t make that up), refers to this as the #DiaperGap.

There is also no federal assistance for purchasing diapers, unlike other essentials like food or health insurance. Programs like WIC, SNAP, Medicaid help provide parents with nutritious foods and the supports they and their babies need to stay healthy, and the President’s budget has called for $10 million to test effective ways to get diapers to families in need and document the health improvements that result. But unless Congress acts, we don’t have a program to help struggling families buy diapers for their children. So, we’re getting creative and using every tool we have to help solve this problem.

…We want every child to grow, thrive, and reach their full potential. We can make that possible by harnessing the tools of this new economy to serve all Americans, because no family should have to choose between keeping their babies healthy and keeping the lights or heat on.

The problem can be approached by considering a shift in time preferences from high to low, but such a solution will never be discussed because it would (1) hold accountable the individual who is financially unprepared to have children and (2) take on the form of education and lifestyle change, which cannot produce a continuous stream of redistributive largesse like more government programs that promise free stuff for the welfare-grabbing masses.

These same “families in need” have satellite tv, iPhones, all the clothing bells and whistles, and a salon budget larger than mine, but they can’t diaper their children. When my parents got married in 1951 they were very poor, with my Dad working three jobs to sustain a debt-free, middle-class life. My mother made real (cloth) diapers, which are still an option today, and she did this for all six of their children born over the course of nineteen years. But they have to be washed and cared for, and certainly we cannot expect “poor” mothers to care for their own children and lift a finger to keep diapers fresh and washed.

Lastly, I thought that disposable diapers don’t align with the entitlement faction’s EnviroCommunist agenda for “going green?” How do they make an honest choice between welfare programs and piling up diapers in landfills and killing the planet?

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3 Responses to Obama For Diaper Welfare

  1. Capn Mike says:

    March 21st, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    Ain’t dat de shit.
    And no, you can’t make this up.

  2. Tom says:

    April 6th, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    Isn’t there a full-on Communist country that those types of people could be sent to?  That’s what they want, anyway.

  3. Michael says:

    June 27th, 2016 at 11:45 am

    I know this post is a couple of months old, but I had a thought to add.

    When my wife and I had children in diapers, we had to prioritize the purchase of diapers over things like movies, new cars, fancy furniture, etc. It seemed logical that I would purchase needs ahead of wants, but I guess that kind of thinking has gone out the window.

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