Do It for the Children
The number one friend of big government: The Crisis. When there’s a crisis, the government says it needs more power in order to deal with it, and then it scarcely ratchets its newly-acquired power back down after the crisis is over. Big government’s second best friend: the children (pronounced, “The chiiiiiildreeeeeeen!”). We authorize government to do all sorts of things for the sake of the children, blithely unaware that, every time we do, we also authorize them to do things to the children.
More disturbing, we’re ignorant of the fact that it’s the parents’ job to do things for the children and that, to the extent the government helps the chiiiiiiildreeeeeen, family ties are further weakened and parents become more irresponsible, thereby increasing the call for more government intervention. And the downward spiral continues at an accelerated pace. This story that came out yesterday is a great example of it: Higher taxes are better for children.
I won’t address the merits of the study or even the merits of the blurb-like article (you notice the states that scored lowest are mostly states that score lowest on all similar tests?). I’m willing to concede for argument’s sake that the study is accurate and article’s conclusion is proper. It doesn’t change the fact that, to the extent the government steps in, the family steps out. To the extent the family steps out, the need for government increases. Eventually, the social fabric is entirely tattered.
Well, the social fabric has already been tattered, but at this pace (free school lunches for everybody, no child left behind, etc.), our remaining rags are being shredded as well.
Ironic Sidelight: As our country’s adults increasingly don’t “do It” for the children, the greater becomes our society’s needs to … Read the rest