Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Republican Officials Cut Head Start Funding, Saying Women Should Be Married And Home With Kids

ThinkProgress » Republican Officials Cut Head Start Funding, Saying Women Should Be Married And Home With Kids

Another volley fired at women and children by wrong-headed, regressive Republicans. That these guys would seriously suggest that we try and return to a single breadwinner economy and that the woman's place is in the home nurturing the family and supporting the husband. Sounds sweet, but that was almost never the case and certainly does not reflect the times in which we live. Where have these folks been for the past 50 years? That they seem to be serious is worrisome. Pretty soon there will be lots of folks on their doorsteps with signs like what's already happening in Wisconsin. They've got some different issues in Wisconsin, but the extreme naivete shown by these earnest but ignorant local politicians is a trait they share with the good Governor of Wisconsin, Mr. Walker.

For the folks at home, the war on Women and Children, as documented by Think Progress, has only just begun. The Republicans, who won the November election on a promise of jobs and winning back the economy are instead pursuing a culture war agenda against the members of our society that are the least able to fight back. Cowards... The GOP has shown a dramatic unwillingness to address any pressing need of governance and is behaving like a kid in a candy jar, addressing all their most basal, most ignorant, and most repressive social ideals.

Defunding Head Start? This is simply radical regressive, ignorant nonsense! This is from the Head Start Foundation:

A study from researchers at UCLA found that Head Start children are significantly less likely to have been charged with a crime than their siblings who did not participate in Head Start.

he results of a randomly selected longitudinal study of more than 600 Head Start graduates in San Bernardino County, California, showed that society receives nearly $9 in benefits for every $1 invested in these Head Start children. These benefits include increased earnings, employment, and family stability, and decreased welfare dependency, crime costs, grade repetition, and special education.
So just why again is this vital program on the chopping block? Shouldn't the Culture Warriors be jubilant at a program that addresses some of the very issues they say they care most about?  At least they give lip service to gainful employment, family stability, and decreased welfare dependency.  It must be the lower of crime costs (a cash cow for some of them) or increased earnings (spreading that wealth around) that upset them so...

What is getting saved and what is getting killed?  Republicans, have you ever asked for ANY sacrifice from your wealthy constituents?  Isn't it about time? Are you really willing to play with the lives of Women and Children simply to preserve and protect wealth and power for yourselves?  Are you actually asking for ridicule and scorn?  You've got plenty from this blogger.

More work to do....

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