This is presented as a heartbreaking tale of the horrors of the California State budget impasse:
Kathy Sapp, who operates a state-funded day care center in her East Oakland home, has been running on fumes since the state Department of Education – its purse strings tied because of the budget impasse – stopped paying her and hundreds of other child care providers in California in early June.
To trim costs as she waits for her $4,000 monthly payments, she has stopped taking field trips to restaurants, has reduced the kids’ milk portions and sometimes uses beans instead of meat. She’s dipping into her savings, but she might have to take out a loan to cover groceries, her mortgage, her utility bills and her insurance if the 50-day stalemate drags on much longer.
On Monday afternoon, three preschoolers she is caring for woke from a nap after a trip to the library and ate a snack of cheese sandwiches, apple juice and bananas.
OK – so this is state-funded babysitting. But what is actually missing from this report? Parents. As in – if this woman is having problems taking care of their children why doesn’t she go to the parents who are entrusting this woman with the care of their children and get the fracking money from them?
Of course then it wouldn’t be “free” would it? But can anyone explain where in the US or California Constitution a “right” to “free” babysitting? Just how did the instutions that were created to promote and protect the freedom of its citizens become a big babysitting entitlement machine? The complete and utter degradation of what it means to be a free citizen in a free society has come down to hundreds and hundreds of taxpayer funded babysitting services.
So as the taxpayers of California are being raped to the tune of 8 to 11 percent of their salaries, each and every year, remember that you are paying for essential babysitting services.
Work harder – millions on welfare depend on you!
Yesterday’s (Sunday) DP has a big front-page screed about the urgent need to teach children how to have sex. Mark Thrun is identified as a physician at Denver Public Health and the co-parent (tipoff – if you don’t want to be known as “father” you probably are more than a little bit of a pussy-whipped Alan Alda caring and weeping proto-male) of two spirited little boys. He’s also an Assistant Professor of Medicine at CU focusing on AIDS research.
So what’s the big issue for the Post? The schools are not teaching kids enough about how to use condoms. In fact, 30 percent of the public schools are teaching abstinence (the horror! – teaching the one absolutely assured method of not getting pregnant or a sexually transmitted disease).
Of course, its all the fault of “a few vocal opponents of comprehensive sex ed” – which we all know is code for the sexually repressed white Christians who hate all people who aren’t white and Christian like them – the filthy Christians!
So why is it so important that public schools teach sex?
Occasionally, the brave among us might begin the conversations at home. Awkward and stinted, we try to muddle through “The Talk” as best we can.
Some of us, however, never even get that far. Instead, we assume that the educational system will step in. Or, at least, that is what we hope.
So I’m such a pussy I can’t talk to my children about sex – I want some stranger to tell them about it. I completely abdicate my responsibilities as a parent to the all-knowing, perfect government education system who will fill my kids brain with some information about sex – just so long as I don’t have to do it.
But then in steps the filthy idiots who don’t want to teach my children some things that I want them to know about – condoms, birth control, homosexuality, bestiality, polygamy, whatever. It would seem that logically this would be the point where I would step in as a parent and start providing whatever sexual information I wanted my children to know. If you are a parent and you want your kids to know this information – tell them. They are, after all, your children.
But this is apparently far too logical a choice for Dr. Thurn. His choice – pitch a hissy fit to force the schools to tell the kids what YOU want them to know regardless of what anyone else believes.
We abdicate our parental and societal obligations to our youth by choosing not to prepare them to be responsible when they do become sexually active.
This is where we as parents need to step in. It is imperative that we take on the task of encouraging and collaborating with schools to develop appropriate sex ed courses.
So you are willing to stand up to your right as a parent to scream and yell about what is being taught to everyone, but take absolutely no responsibility as a parent to teach your children what you want them to know?
Typical gutless liberalism. Force everybody to believe as I do, just don’t make me actually do anything myself.
If you’re not as successful as you’d like to be in life it’s probably because you’re not that smart, or you’re not making good choices in your life. Maybe you spend too much money downloading music off the internet or eat out at restaurants too often. Maybe you’ve been passed over for promotion because you’ve never opted to stay late at work and help out.